Cleansers 101: What's best for my skin type?

Cleansers 101: What's best for my skin type?

By Alice Hartwell for THE GLOWCERY


Cleansers are definitely not a one size fits all category. Everyone has different skin types, that require different needs and approaches when it comes to skincare. In our latest blog post, we provide the ultimate guide to cleansers for all skins and our top products for each category. 

Dry Skin

Dry skin is an incredibly common skin type. This is where your skin loses too much of its oil, meaning your face can be left, dehydrated, flaky and even irritated. When cleansing dry skin, it's important not to irritate your face further with harsh, soapy washes with ingredients that lack moisturising properties. Opt instead for a product like The Glowcery Oil to Milk Cleanser. This product has been formulated specifically to avoid stripping the skin of moisture, and instead add a hit of hydration back in. While this cleanser is suitable for all skin types, it's perfect for drier and dehydrated skins looking to introduce more moisture-packed products into their skincare routine. 

Oily Skin

Oily skins produce more oil than necessary and an oversecretion of sebum. Because of this, it's important to keep skin clear of this excess oil to avoid breakouts and bouts of acne. When cleansing oily skin, it's important to keep your face clear but also not strip it of oil completely. Use a balancing foam cleanser like this one from Paula's Choice. Regular use removes excess dirt and oil while aiming to balance the skin's production of sebum.

Combination skin

Combination skin is best described as having a little bit of both. Sometimes the skin may be dry, other times it could be oiler. It could even be that different sections of your face react differently, for example, you could have an oiler t-zone but find the rest of your face to be dry. This means striking a fine skincare balance to not irritate either of these skin tendencies. Opt for a gentle gel cleanser like this one from Glossier to nourish and balance combination skins.

Sensitive skin

People with sensitive skin often find their faces to be easily irritated by skincare products. This could result in redness, acne and itchiness. When it comes to cleansing sensitive skin, soothing ingredients are key. A great option is milk cleansers such as this vegan option from MILK Makeup with formulas specifically designed to soothe and calm sensitive skin. The best thing about milk cleansers is that they don’t foam like other products to trigger redness or irritation. 

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