All effective skincare regimes begin with a good cleanser. Traditionally and most obviously cleansers are an effective removal emulsion for makeup and  day to day dirt, however cleansers are also very important in the process of exfoliation and regenerating new skin cells, so that skin appears brighter and more youthful.  In addition to this youthful glow when the right cleanser is used for your skin type, you immediately maximise the benefits of the following steps in your skincare regime.

One thing to note - it is important not to confuse skin types with skin concerns, skin types are a more general term defined by the water content oil content and sensitivity your skin has, and although your skin type can change over time and due to hormonal changes it usually stays pretty constant throughout your adult life. Skin concerns however are more targeted indications that are defined by medical and clinical dermalogical conditions such as rosacea, acne and pigmentation.   

This article will look at which cleansers are the best fit for your skin type. Acne, blemishes and spots are usually skin concerns that stem from oily skin and lines, wrinkles, pigmentation and rough skin can be linked to dry or combination skin. Using the cleansing tips below should help to identify which cleanser is best suited for your skin type and address skin concerns later. Whether you have oily, dry, normal or combination skin this blog will help identify the best cleansers for you.


Indicators of dry skin can be tightness, visible lines and wrinkles, red patches, dull complexion and in some cases flakiness. The skin lacks natural moisture that is needed to rejuvenate and smooth the skin. Skin types can fluctuate between seasons so you may find that you need to change your cleansers accordingly too! Dry skin is most common during the colder winter months so if that applies to you follow our cleansing tips to make sure your skin is always hydrated and looking its best.

Always use a cream or rich moisturising cleanser with a gentle exfoliation. Although exfoliating dry and sensitive skin is not typically encouraged, using a gentle exfoliator on the skin helps to stimulate the skin cells and circulation. Avoid fragrances, soaps and parabens as they can be harsh and dry the skin. 

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Oily skin means that excess sebum is being produced by the sebaceous glands, which can contribute to skin concerns such as acne, blackheads, whiteheads, large pores and a shiny complexion. The trick to reducing oil in the skin is by controlling it, which can be done using the right cleanser. If you have oily skin you should aim to regularly wash your face 2-3 times a day to ensure pores are clear from excess dirt, oils and impurities. Using a gel or foam cleanser that contains Salicylic Acid is effective for oily skin as it soaks up the oil, as well as neutralise bacteria that can clog pores. 

Exfoliation is great for oily skin, however it is important not to use abrasive cleansing techniques when cleansing on a daily basis. Exfoliation for oily skin is recommended to do twice a week to encourage cell renewal and keep blemishes away. Do not aggressively scrub face on a daily basis when cleansing as this will strip the skin of its natural moisture and producing more oil in the glands. 

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If your skin type combination, then you will suffer with an oily T-zone (nose, forehead and chin). Apart from these areas, the rest of your skin should be dry or normal. You can test whether your skin type is combination by waiting 1-2 hours after cleansing, without applying creams or makeup and see what areas are oilier. Combination skin types need to carefully select and refine tips for oily and dry skin to adopt a cleansing regimen that meets the needs of your skin. 

Avoid soap-based cleansers as they contain harsh toxins which can dehydrate the skin and be irritating. Using a gel cleanser will provide enough moisture for the skin without drying or increasing oil levels. Ensure that you regularly exfoliate the skin to stimulate cell renewal and polish the top layer of skin building a bright and even complexion. Gentle exfoliation within a cleanser helps to prepare the skin by opening the pores, so that they are ready for the following steps in your skincare routine. 

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The definition of normal skin can be slightly ambiguous to many as it indicates that the skin is ‘normal’ and therefore does not need any suggestions on how to improve or correct. If you have normal skin this means that you skin is neither too oily nor dry with little imperfections and rarely feels tight. Any dry or oily areas that do arise are easily taken care of and you will find the use of products for dry skin too rich and products for oily skin too drying.

Normal skin types do not need as intense skincare regimens as other skin types, as regimens recommended for oily and dry skin types are to correct to be normal! However, you need to embrace a cleanser that successfully maintains a normal complexion, avoiding irritation and working to correct possible skin concerns.  Adopting a standard cleansing routine of cleansing twice a day is still key to maintaining your skin. Using a gel or gentle moisturising cleanser is ideal depending on your personal preference. Make sure makeup is removed before cleansing so that dirt is completely removed from pores - as many cleansers cannot remove long lasting foundation and concealer in one wash.

Your cleanser should meet your skin’s needs of removing dirt that is trapped in the pores, so a gentle deep cleansing one is recommended that does not irritate the skin. Once you have determined your skin type and what type of cleanser is best to use it is easy to prepare your skin for the following steps in your skincare regime. Getting it right at stage one is essential to achieve the best results for your skin. 

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