Which Cleanser Is Right For You?

I’m really into my skincare at the moment and I’m really enjoying trying new products that will help improve the condition and appearance of my skin. But it got me thinking more about my skin type and what products are actually aimed at me. We all have different skin types and everyone’s skin has different needs. But do you know which cleanser is right for your skin?

Dry skin 

If you have dry skin, you will be used to sore, dry and flaking skin. Your pores will be small and you’ll be more prone to dullness. When it comes to picking the perfect cleanser for dry skin, it is essential that you find one that is going to be soothing and moisturising. 

The best type of cleansers for dry skin include cream based cleansers which work amazingly well for those with very dry skin. Some of my favourite cream based cleansers are the Liz Earle Hot Cloth cleanser and the No7 Soothed and Gentle cleanser. If you wear a lot of makeup on a daily basis, then an oil based cleanser can be a great option for you. Balms are also great for those with dry skin as they’re so soothing and gentle. 

It is best to avoid foam cleansers if you have dry skin because they can be too harsh and strip the skin of all it’s natural goodness, which can end up leaving your skin feeling and looking more dry than before. 

Sensitive skin

Sensitive skin can be something that is a real struggle to try and manage. With sensitive skin, you will experience your skin feeling hot and itchy after cleansing. After using new skincare products, you will notice flare ups and you also find your skin can become more irritated at particular times of the month e.g the menstrual cycle. 

When you have sensitive skin, it’s always good to do a trial and find out what ingredient in the products you already use flares up your skin. Then you can eliminate this trigger ingredient from your future skincare purchases. 

The cleansers that will aggravate sensitive skin are those that include harsh chemicals like fragrance, alcohol, mineral oils and paraffin oils. Foaming cleansers also must be avoided because they have the tendency to strip the skin, which can end up leaving it dry and irritated. 

Because sensitive skin types can suffer with any of the other skin types such as dry, oil, combination, or dehydrated, it can be hard to find the best cleanser that will work for your sensitive skin needs. The safe options to go for include cream or balm based cleansers that you can use with a cloth for extra soothing.

Oily skin

When you suffer with oily skin, you will notice that your pores are much larger and visible, spots will be something you are more prone to and  you could even suffer from acne, as well as having visibly shiny skin, in particular on the chin, nose and forehead. Oily skin is one of the more trickier skin types to manage because it is so unpredictable. 

It is a good idea for people with oily skin types to use a gentle cleanser that will help to calm any acne that you may be more prone to. Milk or balm cleansers can be amazing for those with oily skin. It is important to find a balm that doesn’t leave you with a greasy oily residue and instead you should find one that rinses cleanly.

The type of cleanser you need to avoid if you are someone who has oily skin is oil based cleansers that contain mineral oils. Mineral oils can trigger acne and make oily matters worse. They do this by clogging up pores and not getting rid of dirt properly.

Dehydrated skin

During the winter months, I am definitely more prone to dehydrated skin. If you suffer with dehydrated skin, you will experience dullness and fine lines which can come and go. You will also notice your lips always feel dry. 

When we’re dehydrated, we know that the best thing to do is to drink more water. And water is exactly what dehydrated skin is lacking. You can have dehydrated skin and still have oily skin. It is very easy to get dehydrated skin and dry skin mixed up, but dry skin is more the lack of oil than water.

Again foaming cleansers need to be avoided when it comes to dehydrated skin. You need to opt for a gentle yet effective cleanser that won’t leave the skin feeling tight, dry or greasy. Balms and oils will be a dehydrated skins best friend. I’m loving the Caudalie make-up removing cleansing oil. They will help to bring a healthy and glowy look back to the skin.  

Normal skin

If you’re more like me and have just normal skin, then is well balanced meaning it is not too oily, but it’s not too dry either, then you will find your skin can be very well easily managed. The only thing you have to really consider with normal skin is that you adjust to fit according to how your skin is at a particular time.

But this also means that is essential you still continue to take care of your skin well even when you don’t have any major problems like dryness or excess oil. You still need to continue with keeping your skin well moisturised to avoid dryness and to protect it from any damage from harsh chemicals, UV light or possible reactions. 

Oil cleansers and milk based cleansers work best for most skin types, so these could be the options you go for if you are someone who has normal skin. Of course if you have a period of dryness, then opt for a cream based cleanser or if you have more oily skin during a certain point in the menstrual cycle, then go for a more balm based cleanser.

What’s your skin type?

Lauren x

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27 thoughts on “Which Cleanser Is Right For You?

  • I just bought the Liz Earle cleanse and polish for the first time and I'm really excited to finally try it out! ✨Marbl☾☽Moon

  • I am such a fan of the garnier micellar water especially the oil infused oneCandice | Natalya Amour

  • Great post and I definitely learnt a lot more about skincare 🙂 I have combination skin and never know what kind of products to use x

  • I like that people are getting more into skincare but for dry skin it tends to be a oil based cleanser to remove any makeup/SPF then use a cream cleanser also on your oily skin one oils work amazing for oily skin a lot of them dont contain any surfactants that cause foaming so they wont irritate the skin and the oil helps to regulate sebum productionwww.beautyandtheboy.com

  • I really enjoyed this post Lauren because I’m in such a skincare phase at the moment 🙂 . Currently thinking of switching back to good old miceller water for my 1st cleanse as my oil based cleanser just isn’t cutting it anymore. I’ve been using The Body Shop’s Chamomile Clenaisng Oil for years now but recently it’s being such a pain to wash off so I think a switch is needed! P.S, I honestly think I’m every skin type but normal (and maybe dehydrated because I’m a decent water drink if I do say so myself :’D) because my skin in just so wild :’D .Ellie Xxhttp://elliebowsandsparkles.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1

    • Aww thanks so much, Ellie! I'm so glad you did enjoy the post. Haha I hope you manage to find something that works well for your skin soon xx

  • This is such a great post Lauren! I love skincare and I'm always trying to get skincare advice out there so people have more knowledge on what products to use. This post is so informative and I loved reading it!Roxanne xxwww.thebeautykingdom.com

  • I just love using micellar water together with a foam cleanser ❀Would you like to follow each other? Lemme know 🙂 ✿Blog de la Licorne

  • This is such a good post! I have really dry skin and when it’s particularly horrific I tend to go back to my Lush UltraBland cleanser because it’s quite oil based but the Liz Earle Hot Cloth cleanser has been on my list to try for ages, seriously need to pick it up when in duty free next! xx


    • Aw thank you, Caroline! The Lush Ultra Bland cleanser sounds really good. I know you’ll love the Liz Earle Hot Cloth cleanser xx

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