Cleansing is the most important step in any skincare routine, but working out which is best for your skin can take a little trial and error. Here are our recommendations.
A lathering cleanser that combines an exfoliator with a moisturising wash is the best bet for normal skin, as this helps maintain the natural balance of oils that makes normal skin, well, normal.
Start your moisturising routine with your cleanser if you have dry skin. Choose a nourishing lotion-style cleanser, or if acne isn’t a concern, then an oil-based cleanser will remove the dirt and help lock in your skin’s natural moisture. It’s important to avoid products that can strip dry skin, like alcohol-based cleansers or anything containing ammonium or sodium lauryl sulphate.
Oily skin needs to be clean and have excess oil removed but without stripping it, which can encourage more oil production. Instead, opt for a gel-based cleanser that will help restore balance.
If your skin varies between dry and oily, you’ll want to look for a balancing product that doesn’t leave the skin too dry. A gentle foam with some acne-fighting ingredients is probably your best bet.
If you’re prone to reactions when using new skincare products, look for something that is stripped down: fragrance-free and simple ingredients are the order of the day.
On Your Travels
It’s tempting to let your skincare slide when you’re away rather than pack all your paraphernalia. Rather than doing that, look for a trial size or travel kit from your favourite brands. Nivea Travel Kits are a great companion, and they also make kits for the man in your life – get them here: http://www.lifeandlooks.com/nivea-mens-essentials-travel-kit.html.
If removing make-up is an issue for you, then The Independent has drawn up a list of the best products available: http://www.independent.co.uk/extras/indybest/fashion-beauty/best-makeup-remover-cleanser-for-acne-prone-skin-waterproof-mascara-sensitive-a7218581.html.
If your skin is prone to acne, then it’s worth looking for a cleanser that contains an antibacterial ingredient which will help kill bacteria.
Cleansing is a vital step to healthy skin, so choose your products with care. Whatever your skin type, you are bound to find something to suit, and perhaps the most important factor is choosing a product you enjoy using – wanting to use it will help the cleansing habit come easy.