Cleansing is the first and most important part of your regimen. Cleansers are made to remove residue from your skin while preparing your skin for treatment products. In addition to cleansing, cleansers have added ingredients such as antioxidants, to provide protection from oxidative stress; exfoliating acids, or beads, to remove dead skin cells; and essential oils for nourishment.
You should choose your cleanser depending on your skin type:
Oily to combination
Oily and combination skin types usually prefer oil-free cleansers that foam. A foaming or gel cleanser is best at getting deep into the pores to remove oil and residue, while balancing oil production. Cleansers for oily or combination skin will contain purifying ingredients such as salicylic acid, witch hazel, or benzoyl peroxide, all of which are also great for treating acne. Typically, oily skin types and breakouts go hand-in-hand, so a powerful cleanser with active ingredients is a great choice for keeping your skin feeling balanced and clear after cleansing.
Normal to dry
Normal to dry skin types typically prefer a non-foaming cleanser or a creamy cleanser. Normal skin types can use a non-foaming gel cleanser to effectively remove residue and balance their skin. A skin type that’s more on the dry side will usually prefer a cream cleanser that feels moisturizing and hydrating. Cream cleansers may contain nourishing essential oils and heavier elements like shea butter or sunflower seed oil to moisturize the skin.