Cleansers: Do you know which is right for your skin type?

Cleansers can come in any number of forms. But how do you know which is best for your skin type? We're breaking it down today on

Cleansers, and cleansing in general, is an important part of any skincare routine. Whether you use a multitude of serums, essences, boosters and moisturisers or like to keep things simple with a classic three-step routine, it's fair to say cleansing is a must. It not only helps to remove makeup and general daily dirt and grime but also aids overall skin health.

With that said, though, with so many cleansers on the market how do you know which type to choose? Should you go for an oil, cream, micellar, foam, gel or balm? Here's our handy guide to choosing the right cleanser, for your skin type.

Combination Skin

Most of us suffer from an oily T-Zone and slightly dryer cheek area, especially during winter and early springtime. The type of cleanser you choose has to be able to combat and control oil production, without drying out skin, or leaving it feeling tight.

Gentle foams or lightweight cream cleansers are a good option for combination skin types. Look out for formulas enriched with antioxidants and hyaluronic acids to help hydrate and balance skin.


'Normal' skin isn't as common as the name suggests, but the basic idea is that there is a regular amount of natural sebum produced. So, what that means is that, those with normal skin types tend not to go overly shiny in any areas, or have dry patches forming throughout the day.


Cleansers that will suit normal skin include creams and gentle foams. If you're a fan of long-wearing makeup, an oil cleanser will help to remove stubborn makeup and leave skin feeling soft.

balancing cleansers


Dry skin needs added moisture and oils to help protect it against the elements, which is why rich cleansing balms and vitamin enriched oil cleansers are a great option. Some people might also find that cream to foam formulas work well, while others could find they leave skin feeling tight or uncomfortable.


Sensitive or reactive skin requires a gentle hand to protect the skin barrier. Scent-free micellar waters, such as Avene or Bioderma offer a gentle formula which can remove makeup, without irritating skin. Alternatively, natural and organic formulas with soothing ingredients such as rosehip or camomile will help to keep skin calm.


Oily skin types can benefit from a hard working cleanser that contains ingredients such as salicylic acid to help control oil and unclog pores. Lightweight gel cleansers, or clay to foam formulas work well to help draw out impurities in the skin. To remove makeup, oil cleansers will help to lift stubborn makeup and leave skin ready for toning and moisturising.


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