Like the name implies, a facial cleanser works to cleanse your face. It helps remove sweat, dirt, or makeup by dissolving these particles. Using a facial cleanser is usually the first step in a skincare routine, providing a clean canvas for the next steps to be more effective.
Are there different types of facial cleansers for different types of skin?
Yes, facial cleansers are formulated for specific skin types, whether oily, dry, combination, sensitive, or a mix. They differ in ingredients and textures, such as milk, gel, foam, and oil cleansers. Some are made for general use and can be used safely on most skin types.
Can you ‘cleanse’ your skin too much?
Cleansing is essential but overdoing it may strip your skin of natural oils. These oils create a protective barrier and maintain elasticity. Over-cleansing can lead to dryness and vulnerability to pollutants.
What is the right way to use a facial cleanser?
To cleanse, moisten your face with cold or tepid water. Apply cleanser, gently massaging for at least 60 seconds. Wash with cold water and pat dry. Cold water helps close pores, reduce redness, and soothe the skin.
In the morning, if you've diligently followed your Korean skincare routine the night before, cleansing with a facial cleanser may not be necessary. Following the advice of my Korean skincare aesthetician, a simple wash with water can suffice. This allows you to maintain the benefits of your nighttime routine and continue with your regular Korean skincare regimen, keeping your skin refreshed without unnecessary stripping of natural oils.
Note: Individuals with sensitive skin might prefer lukewarm water to avoid irritation. Skincare routines can vary, so tailor yours based on your unique needs.
I always advise that it is always a good idea to consult with skincare professionals or dermatologists for personalized advice based on your specific skin needs.