How to buy the best facial cleanser for you. Kim Sambolec, our beauty expert at Butterboom has prepared a guide to helping you find the best facial cleanser that will be tailored your skin’s needs perfectly. When it comes to cleansing your skin, the product you choose to use should have special consideration. Is there such a thing as the ‘best’ facial cleanser? well yes, if it is suitable for your skin condition giving you the results you desire.
Using the correct cleanser will not only remove all traces of makeup effectively, but it wont leave your skin feeling dry and tight. Harsh cleansers and a misjudgment of your skin’s condition can lead to an incorrect choice of a cleanser which can overly strip your skins barrier. Over time, this can cause more damage accumulatively, breeding skin conditions that you won’t like to see or feel.
The perfect balance is needed in a formulation containing the right active ingredients that will complement your skin! There are many fantastic ingredients found in cleansers but more often that not it may not suit your skin. The list below will indicate the the possible skin conditions that you may have, and explain why a certain cleanser would be suitable or beneficial for you according to what it may contain within its formulation. To achieve the skin you desire, the first step is your choice of cleanser.
The best cleansers to address common skin conditions –
1. Normal skin – without any particular concern
Neostrata Facial Cleanser – HK$198 / 200ml
This cleanser does not overly exfoliate or strip to the skins barrier, yet it will effectively cleanse, removing all traces of impurities and makeup also providing anti-aging benefits. It contains the patented active ingredient Gluconolactone (PHA) held by Neostrata, known to be unique in its structure and function within the skin and is able to achieve similar to superior results compared to AHAs but without the irritating side effects. This cleanser is also soap free, fragrance free, hypoallergenic and paba-free.
2. Normal skin – without any particular concern
Skin Medica Facial Cleanser – HK$286 / 170ml (6oz)
A very good water soluble cleanser containing no problematic ingredients, soap free but effectively removes makeup without harsh chemicals that strip the skin barrier. It leaves your skin feeling refreshed, hydrated with ingredients such as panthenol vitamin B5 to bind moisture and chamomile which can prevent free radicals, causing wrinkles.
3. Congestion/Acne Skin – oily, uneven surface
Medik 8 Pore Cleanse Gel – HK$ TBC
Utilising acids belonging to the AHA and BHA groups which are powerful ingredients to loosen excessive dead skin, prevent buildup, loosening congestion within the pores and manages oily skin. This formulation has effective ingredients to assist with problematic congested/acne skin conditions. It leaves the surface thoroughly cleansed, smooth and bright but at the same time not cause any further irritation. This cleanser contains high amounts of active ingredients for continual exfoliation and anti-aging benefits and does not contain any parabens, soap or fragrance that can be potentially irritating and strip the skins barrier.
4. Sensitive/reactive/red skin
Skin Medica Sensitive Skin Ceanser – HK$282 / 177ml (6oz)
This cleanser does not contain any detergent cleansing agents which are the main culprits that overly strip the skins barrier. It effectively cleanses the skin of makeup and debris by combining a water-oil based formulation with added soothing botanical extracts such as chamomile and cucumber. It has no added fragrances, coloring agents or known irritants. Without many active ingredients inside that can potentially irritate a sensitive reactive skin, it relies purely on the water-oil formulation to dissolve makeup and oil on the skins surface. It is not suitable for people that are naturally oily and prone to breakouts due to the oil content.
5. Sun-damaged skin
Antiaging Cosmedix Benefit Clean – HK$ TBC
This cleanser does not contain any potentially irritating ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), instead contains gluconolactone (PHA) which is currently the magic ingredient which enables the skin to naturally exfoliate, hydrate and improves sun-damaged skin with some fine lines and wrinkles. This formulation doesn’t cause as much irritation as some forms of AHA and BHA in most cleansers and skincare.
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