A facial cleanser is the first step in every cosmeceutical regimen. In addition to removing dirt, oil, dead skin cells, and other unwanted surface debris accumulated throughout the day, a properly formulated facial cleanser can effectively prime skin for a daily skincare routine.
What is the best facial cleanser?
When selecting a facial cleanser, it is best to ensure the formulation is suited to your specific skin needs and that it contains an effective surfactant system that will clean without stripping skin of natural oils. For the most customised recommendation on the best facial cleanser for your skin, please visit a SkinCeuticals skincare professional.
For Sensitive Skin
Selecting the best facial cleanser for sensitive skin and post-procedure or compromised skin can be challenging, as cleanser formulations often contain certain surfactants that may threaten the integrity of the skin and exacerbate conditions. When shopping for an effective sensitive skin facial cleanser, it is best to use lightweight formulations free of common skin irritants such as alcohol, soaps, synthetic fragrances, and dyes. Look for a facial cleanser formulated with hydrating ingredients such as allantoin, sorbitol, and glycerin to help maintain moisture levels and promote a healthy skin barrier.
For Dry Skin
Caused by a variety of factors including lipid depletion, dry air, harsh soaps, and in-clinic procedures, dry skin can often feel tight and uncomfortable. However, many traditional surfactants found in facial cleansers exacerbate concerns. As a result, it is especially important to look for an alcohol- and soap- free facial cleanser. When selecting the best facial cleanser for dry skin, opt for cream or lotion formulas infused with humectants and hydrating ingredients such as allantoin, glycerin, and sorbitol to help increase water content in skin and promote a healthy skin barrier. Ideal for dry skin, Gentle Cleanser features a creamy, non-foaming formula that removes impurities and long-wear makeup while effectively moisturising and softening skin.
For Oily Skin
Oily skin has a unique set of needs, as many traditional oil-fighting ingredients have the potential to dry out skin. When this happens, skin produces excess oil, which may lead to clogged pores and breakouts. As a result, it is best to avoid alcohol-based facial cleansers that can contribute to dryness or irritation. Instead, opt for oil-free gel based cleansers formulated with acids such as glycolic, salicylic, and sulfonic acid to deliver targeted exfoliation. Promoting cell turnover will help prevent clogged pores and blemishes from forming. The best facial cleanser for oily skin will also contain natural humectants such as glycerin to ensure skin maintains adequate hydration levels to prevent skin from producing excess oil. Formulated for oily, combination, and ageing skin, Blemish + Age Cleanser combines a blend of exfoliating and hydrating ingredients to decongest pores and remove excess sebum without stripping the skin.