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Different Types of Cleansers & How to Choose Between Them

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All skincare routines should begin with facial cleansing, as it remains an important step to help maintain a balanced complexion. Cleansers are used to remove makeup, impurities, excess oil and residual debris that can build up on the skin’s surface and cause unwanted blemishes. There are several cleansing textures and formulas available when creating a skincare routine, From hydrating, to foaming, to exfoliating cleansers. Learn how CeraVe’s range of facial cleansers has been developed with dermatologists to help manage your individual skincare needs. With the inclusion of innovative skincare technology, these cleansers can cleanse and protect your skin. 

Foaming Cleansers

A foaming cleanser can gently wash away impurities and unwanted build-ups on the skin. Foaming cleansers are formulated to be lightweight, and easy to lather during application. Look for a foaming cleanser that can wash away excess sebum without drying or over-stripping the skin of its natural oils. For sensitive skin, cleansers should consist of ingredients like niacinamide (vitamin B3) which is a soothing antioxidant that works to target free radical damage. Free radicals are harmful and chaotic molecules caused by environmental factors like UV exposure and pollution. When free radicals are left unchecked, they can quicken the visible ageing process by causing damage to the skin. However, antioxidants like niacinamide work to neutralise free radicals, re-establishing order within the skin. 

Manage your skin with the CeraVe Foaming Cleanser, suitable for normal-to-oily and mild-acne prone skin types.

 

Cream-to-Foam Cleansers

Cream-to-foam cleansers have a unique formula that begins as a cream and transforms into a soft foaming texture during its application on wet skin. To apple a cream-to-foam cleanser, splash some water onto the face before massaging in a small amount of the product in a circular motion. The water will then activate the foaming texture to gently, yet deeply cleanse the skin. Find a cleanser with deeply hydrating properties to avoid stripping the skin of its natural oils. It should use hydrating ingredients like amino acids and hyaluronic acid to moisturise the skin. Amino acids sit on the outer layer of the skin and push moisture into and around the skin cells, they have several skincare benefits and are important ingredients for hydration. Similarly, hyaluronic acid is another moisturising ingredient, it is a molecule that can retain up to one thousand times its weight in water and acts as a hydration fountain in the skin. 

Using the power of targeted skincare ingredients, the CeraVe Hydrating Cream-to-Foam Cleanser is suitable for normal to dry skin types.

Exfoliating Cleansers

Exfoliating cleansers have been developed to target rough and bumpy skin to create a visibly clearer complexion. Look for an exfoliating cleanser that features salicylic acid, a beta-hydroxy acid that is naturally found in the bark of willow trees and other plant species. Beta-hydroxy acids like salicylic acid are used as chemical exfoliants, they loosen the bonds between skin cells and naturally exfoliate dead skin away. Chemical exfoliants in cleansers encourage a faster skin cell turnover rate and can help manage the appearance of rough skin. With a dual-action, exfoliating facial cleansers can wash away impurities and build-ups on the skin to reveal healthier-looking and cleaner skin. 

Suitable for use on dry to very dry skin, rough skin and skin prone to keratosis pilaris, the CeraVe SA Smoothing Cleanser is an effective exfoliating cleanser. 

Hydrating Cleansers

Hydrating cleansers simultaneously remove impurities and give the skin a boost of moisture. This type of facial cleanser will not leave the skin feeling tight and should feature hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, to boost the skin’s moisture levels. Effective hydrating cleanses will combat dry skin and leave the skin softer and healthier-looking. 

The Cerave Hydrating Cleanser is suitable for use on normal-to-dry and mild eczema-prone skin types. 

The Importance of Cleansing

Cleansing is a crucial step in maintaining skin health and hygiene and should be a primary concern for women and men’s skincare alike. Without the use of cleansers to wash the skin, other skincare ingredients would not have the ability to work effectively or seep as deeply into the skin, as debris would build and clog the pores. Cleansers effectively wash the skin clean and create a blank canvas for the use of nourishing ingredients. 

CeraVe uses research-backed ingredients to manage different skin types and concerns for healthier-looking, cleaner skin. With various different types of cleansers available, you can find the right one for your individual skincare needs. Browse CeraVe’s range of facial cleansers here.