3 Ways to Know if You Are Using the Wrong Cleanser

3 Ways to Know if You Are Using the Wrong Cleanser

We’ll look at the signs you’re using the wrong cleanser and make some recommendations for finding a cleanser match for your skin type that leaves you with glowing skin.


A first step towards healthy-looking skin is cleansing twice a day. Cleansing is a necessary part of any skin care regimen. Throughout the day, pore-clogging dirt and oil can build up on your face. The right cleanser will lift impurities off your skin and set a base for moisturizer or makeup. The many varieties of cleanser on the market mean you can find one that meets your skin care needs and matches your skin type. Unfortunately, it also means you may end up using one that’s not the best fit for you or contains ingredients you’d rather not put on your skin. Let’s take a look at the different types of cleansers and how to know if the one you’re using isn’t quite a perfect match.


Your Skin Feels Tight

“If your skin feels tight after washing, you are probably using the wrong cleanser,” says Dr. Diane Madfes, Garnier Consulting Dermatologist. For dry or sensitive skin types, try a hydrating and gentle cleanser like Garnier The Gentle Sulfate Free Cleanser, which does not contain alcohol, fragrance, or dye. The cooling gel texture soothes the skin while it cleanses, so you’ll be left with skin that feels refreshed and ready for the day.


Your Skin Feels Dry

A cleanser that over dries your skin is too harsh for your skin type. If your skin feels dry after cleansing, or you start to notice flaky patches, opt for a cleanser that’s formulated for gentle or sensitive skin. Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water is a gentle way to remove makeup and cleanse your face without over drying.


You’ve Been Using the Same Cleanser All Year

No matter what your skin type, it’s helpful to switch up your cleanser as the seasons change. Dr. Madfes recommends “a gentle cleanser during the cold weather months and an exfoliating cleanser during warm weather months.” Try Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water to gently remove makeup without the need for harsh rubbing or rinsing.


Once you find the right cleanser, make sure you follow up your washing with a sleeping cream or moisturizer with SPF to help lock in moisture.