Let’s face it, finding the right cleanser for your skin can be intimidating and confusing. So, depending on your skin type, you need to ensure that your cleanser has the correct ingredients to tackle your skin’s specific needs. Some skin types can benefit from a twice a day, morning and night cleansing routine to control excess oil and shine, while the same routine can make others dry and tight. You may even need to change cleansers during seasonal changes. Here’s a guide to find the right one:
People with oily skin usually have larger noticeable pores, your face is constantly shiny and you may deal with regular breakouts. Our body produces oil to help keep our skin soft and supple, but if too much sebum is produced, it can lead to acne flare-ups and oiliness.
Gel cleansers are ideal to use, as they are designed for deep cleansing. They are effective at decongesting clogged pores, removing excess oil and killing acne-causing bacteria. An oil cleanser is a gentle way of removing pore-clogging debris, including waterproof makeup, without drying your skin.
Try: Garnier Active Naturals Gel Wash Aloe R69,99 or Sorbet Salon Skin 3-in-1 Cleansing Oil R129
If you have combination skin, your skin can be dry or normal in some areas and oily in others, such as your T-zone (nose, forehead, and chin). It may need slightly different care in different areas. To get your combination skin back in balance, cleanse your skin with a mild, fragrance-free product.
If you have a combination of oily and dry skin, you’ll be better off using a gel-based cleanser or a mild, lightly foaming cleanser, which gently removes excess oil. If you have drier skin, use a mild, creamy lotion cleanser. Creamy cleansers gently wash your skin without stripping it of its natural oils. They come in the form of milk or lotion. Avoid harsh bars of soap or cleansing bars.
Try: Clarins Cleansing Milk with Gentian R410 or Nivea Perfect And Radiant Cleansing Foam R62,99
If your skin is dry, it may flake, peel or itch. It may also feel very tight and look red and ashy. Avoid soaps and cleansers that contain alcohol, retinoids, or alpha hydroxy acids. These harsh ingredients may dry your skin and cause irritation or inflammation. Avoid washing your skin more than once a day. Creamy lotion cleansers are ideal as they contain moisturising properties and essential oils. They also protect your skin’s natural balance and don’t strip it of its natural oils.
Try: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser R123 or African Extracts Advantage Hydrating Creamy Cleanser R85,99
Sensitive skin is easily irritated and mostly a symptom of another condition. You may have a reaction to a cosmetic product like make-up, soap or lotion. This can result in rashes and bumps, dry patches on your skin; your skin gets itchy or burns when you apply products.
Avoid products that contain alcohol and fragrance. Look out gentle cleaners like micellar cleansers, which are made up of tiny oil molecules suspended in soft water that attract oil, dirt and makeup and does not aggravate the skin. Fragrance free, mild bar soaps are also ideal for sensitive skin.
Try: Dove Beauty Cream Bar R23,99 or Ponds Flawless Radiance Micellar Water R79,99