A Lovely You – Makeup Tips for Every Woman

Choosing the Right Cleanser for Your Skin

Posted on: October 26, 2011

A good cleanser doesn’t have to cost big bucks, but it does need to get the job done – and be formulated to work specifically with your skin type. If you need a little help, keep reading after the break for my tips on choosing the right cleanser for your skin.

Oily Skin

If you have oily skin, you should look for a foaming gel cleanser to help maintain a healthy skin balance without over-stripping skin. If you have oily skin and suffer from breakouts, which many women with oily skin do, you can look for a cleanser to tackle both problems. A few good ones to try: Neutrogena Deep Clean Facial Cleanser Normal to Oily Skin, $5, Drugstores; Origins Zero Oil Deep Pore Cleanser, $18.50, Beauty.com; DDF Therapeutic Skincare with Salicylic Acid, $35, Drugstores.

Dry Skin

Does your skin feel tight after washing, have redness or flakes easily? If so, you have dry skin – and you may be using the wrong cleanser, to boot. Look for a non-foaming cream cleanser to help remove dull, dry skin and impurities while adding moisture to the skin. A few to try: Aubrey Organics Facial Cleansing Cream for Dry Skin, $13, Drugstores; Nivea Visage Gentle Cleansing Cream, $7, Drugstores; Bosia Soothing Cleansing Cream, $26, Sephora.

Sensitive Skin

I suffer from sensitive skin, so I know how difficult it can be to find a good cleanser that not only makes your face clean and healthy, but doesn’t irritate in the process. When looking for sensitive skin cleansers, choose hypoallergenic cleansers that don’t contain fragrances, dyes or artificial colors which can cause irritation. Some to try: REN Hydra-Calm Cleansing Milk, $32, Sephora; Eucerin Sensitive Skin Gentle Hydrating Cleanser, $6, Drugstores; Pevonia Botanical Sensitive Skin Cleanser, $28.50, DermStore.com.

Normal/Combination Skin

Non-foaming gel cleansers or foaming cream cleansers can work well for normal/combination skin, as they clean without stripping and help maintain a healthy moisture balance. A few to try: VMV Hypoallergenic Hydra Balance Gentle Cream Cleanser for Combination Skin, $18, DermStore.com; Nivea Visage Refreshing Cleansing Gel, $6, Drugstores; Awake Clear Gel Wash for Combination Skin, $30, Beauty.com.

Finding the right cleanser for your skin type doesn’t have to be a difficult process. As long as you understand your skin type and look for cleansers specifically formulated for your unique situation, you’ll be able to have a healthier, radiant complexion than ever before.

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