The Best Cleanser to Use Based on Your Biggest Skin Concern
When it comes to facial cleansers, it’s most definitely not one size fits all. Luckily, there are about a billion products to choose from, whether you’re dealing with wrinkles or acne. Here’s what cleanser you should use, based on your biggest skin concern.
My pores are ginormous
Bad news first: You can’t actually shrink the size of your pores. The good news, though, is that you can make them look smaller with the right ingredients. The Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser features French green and Moroccan Rhassoul clays, which pull dirt, oil, pollution and makeup out of your pores—without leaving your face feeling tight or overly dry.
I wear a lot of makeup
You know that old rumor that oil-free products are better for your skin? It’s actually not true, and the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil is proof, especially if you need to remove makeup. It goes on slick, but softens in water and takes any trace of foundation or mascara with it (sans greasy residue).
My skin is really sensitive
Avène XeraCalm A.D Lipid-Replenishing Cleansing Oil was made for the most delicate of complexions—even eczema- and dermatitis-prone skin. Its hydrating, oil-based formula transforms into a gentle lather, and since it’s soap-free, it won’t strip your skin’s moisture barrier.
I’m concerned about aging
If you’re worried about dark spots or dullness, look for a face wash with combination of light exfoliation (to resurface) and antioxidants (to turn back time). The Eminence Organic Skin Care Firm Skin Acai Cleanser has acai berry, blueberry and raspberry juices to prevent free radical damage and hyaluronic acid to plump your skin and minimize lines.
I have adult acne
A harsh cleanser is the last thing you need when you’re dealing with blemishes—the iS Clinical Cleansing Complex is gentle, but still chock-full of inflammation-fighting ingredients. Salicylic acid—in the form of white willow bark—exfoliates and whisks away excess oil, while centella asiatica (aka tiger grass) soothes redness and irritation.