Choosing a Cleanser

This post is part of our Beauty Buying Guide Series brought to you by our friends at Motives Cosmetics.  Our Buying Guides are intended to offer you essential information that will allow you to buy 'Better, Not More'.

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Using a good facial cleanser keeps your skin healthy, smooth, and clear of blemishes and impurities. But choosing the right product can be a daunting task. With hundreds of options and endless ingredient combinations, it’s hard to know which cleanser is the right one for you. The trick is to identify your skin type and find a cleanser that’s formulated to help with your skin’s specific issues.

Dry Skin: Foam cleansers can dry out the skin, so avoid those and look for creamy or oil-based cleansers with emollients that hydrate the skin and humectants like glycerin that lock in the moisture. You can also look for no-rinse cleansers, which save your skin from the drying process of being rinsed.

Oily Skin: If your skin is oily it can be tempting to use a harsh cleanser that strips all oil from your skin, but this will actually just encourage your skin to produce more oil to replace it. Instead, look for foaming or gel cleansers that are oil free and non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores).

Sensitive Skin: Look for cleansers labeled “soap-free,” which means they don’t have harsh detergents that can irritate the skin. Fragrance-free cleansers with natural or hypoallergenic ingredients will work best for you, and look for ones with glycerin to protect your skin from outside irritants.

Acne-Prone Skin: For those with persistent acne, a medicated cleanser is the way to go. These include ingredients like salicylic acid, which clears blocked pores and reduces swelling, and benzoyl peroxide, which exfoliates skin and kills bacteria.

Combination Skin: One trick for combination skin is to use different cleansers for the dry and oily areas of your face. If you don’t want to use two products, look for a gentle gel or foaming cleanser that is formulated to balance the skin without drying it out.

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