What Can I Use To Clean My Face?

What Can I Use To Clean My Face?

Cleaning your face should be an integral part of your skin care routine. Cleansing helps remove excess oil, makeup, sweat, dirt and dead skin cells from your skin. It refreshes your skin and gives your complexion a chance to breathe. It also creates a clean foundation for you to apply products like moisturizer or makeup. Different people have different skin types — and those skin types have varying needs. If you’re not sure what your skin needs when it comes to cleansing, we can provide an overview of the different types of cleansers and face wash in the skin care market. Find out how to best clean your face here.


How And When Should You Clean Your Face?

To get the right type of clean it’s important that you find the right cleanser for your skin. Consistencies and ways to use a cleanser can vary vastly. You can find anything from water-like to densely creamy cleansers. Some cleansers require rinsing while others can be used with just cotton pad.


Cleansing should happen twice a day — once in the morning and once in the evening. Overnight we sweat and our pores expel oil which makes us wake up with shiny or unclean skin. This is why we should start our day with removing excess oil, sebum and sweat from our skin and start fresh. In the evening cleansing can help remove makeup, oil and dirt that have accumulated on our faces throughout the day. Cleanse off any dirt and residue before you go to bed so that your skin can breathe and renew itself over night. Here’s our guide to the various types of cleansers you can incorporate into your routine.


Waterless Cleansers


1. Lotion Cleanser

If you have dry or sensitive skin you may want to opt for a lotion cleanser — they are hydrating, gentle and nourish your skin. With their creamy consistencies lotion cleansers moisturize skin and don’t dry it out. A great example of a lotion cleanser is Garnier SkinActive Clean+ Makeup Removing Lotion Cleanser. Its formula contains plant extracts and cleansing agents that soften skin while removing impurities. The cleanser is also free of potentially irritating ingredients such as fragrance, dyes or alcohol. By cleansing with this product your skin will be thoroughly cleansed yet soft and supple to the touch.


2. Micellar Water

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Makeup Remover & Cleanser is a gentle and easy way to cleanse your skin. Use it mornings and at night to cleanse your skin and refresh your complexion without irritating your skin. Why should you use a gentle cleanser? “Gentle cleansers are capable of cleansing our skin from dirt and pollutants while maintaining an intact epidermis,” says Dr. Diane Madfes, Garnier SkinActive’s consulting dermatologist. “The top layer of our skin doesn't get stripped. Micellar waters are an excellent example of gentle cleansing. They trap dirt and dead skin cells without drying.”


Rinseable Cleansers


1. Cleansing Gel

A refreshing gel cleanser is a great way to start and end your day and ensure that your skin is clean. Many gel cleansers have a cooling and refreshing formula which can soothe your skin. Garnier SkinActive Clean+ Gentle Clarifying Cleansing Gel thoroughly lifts any dirt or residue from your skin. Its formula contains plant extract and zinc, which clarifies and smoothes skin. Use it with lukewarm water to get clean skin every day.


2. Cleansing Mask

If you have oily or combination skin you may want to look for a clay-based cleansing mask that can purify your pores and remove excess oil from your skin. Garnier SkinActive Clean+ Pore Purifying 2-in-1 Clay Cleanser/Mask has a creamy clay-based formula that multitasks as a cleanser or a mask to deep clean your skin. The formula is infused with charcoal which draws out impurities leaving you with radiant skin.


3. Exfoliating Cleanser

Using an exfoliating cleanser is a great way to shed dead skin cells and get rid of excess oil on your skin. A cleanser such as Garnier SkinActive Clean+ Balancing Gel Exfoliator helps refine your complexion while washing away dirt, sweat and oil. This product in particular is great for combination skin as it focuses on your oilier T-Zone and removes oil and sebum. Its formula is infused with grapefruit and pomegranate which can soften dry areas to balance your skin, so that your skin will look great overall – radiant and free from shine.