Cleansers are the basics of skincare. It is the first step in the skincare routine before the other products seep into the deep layers of the skin. Facial cleansers have a way to minimise the dirt, take away the dead skin cells, allowing new skin cells to flourish and grow – all at once. It may seem like a mundane task, but it is a cathartic experience when the right face cleanser sweeps the impurities off your face.

This article will guide you to broaden your perspective on – how to use a face cleanser, when to use a face cleanser, how to choose a face cleanser, and the know-how required while using a skin cleanser.

What is a facial cleanser?

Well, a face cleanser (or skin cleanser) gently removes dirt, grime, and excess oil and balances the pH level of your skin regularly – day and night. But the pragmatic result of the face cleanser depends on your skin type. Whether oily, dry, sensitive, combination or normal – the purpose of a face cleanser is to actively remove dirt and unclog pores without stripping the natural oils produced.

Now, one may easily miss the labels and pick a face wash instead of a face cleanser. They both wash your face, but there is a slight difference between their compositions and mechanisms. To begin with, a face wash is a water-based formula to relieve clogged pores, remove dirt, and most importantly, combat oil. However, both terms are used interchangeably.

In comparison with a face wash, skin cleansers have soothing properties in the surfactants (cleansing agents in the cleanser). They are found in cream, lotion, or clay-like textures, unlike face washes.

Also read: What is a Face Cleanser? Complete Guide to Types, Uses, and Benefits of Cleanser

How to use a facial cleanser

Let us help guide you towards an effective cleansing routine.

1. Tie your hair back

The ones with long hair can go ahead with their cleansing routine by holding the hair with a clutch or scrunchie. This way you can also remove the dirt or oil around your hairline.

2. Wash your hands properly

Irrespective of your skin type, wash your hands with a hand wash to remove the dirt off your hands before they end up on your face while rinsing your face.

3. Rinse your face

Take some lukewarm water and gently remove soluble makeup with water or a makeup remover. This will smoothen the cleansing process and improve the cleansing experience.

4. Apply hydrating foaming facial cleanser to your face

Pour a dime-sized cleanser on your clean palms and rub it onto your face, lathering it up gently.

5. Gently massage your skin

The skin could anytime benefit from a massage. Use your fingers to massage your skin in circular motions while applying the face cleanser. Start with the cheeks, then move onto the jawline, forehead, and neck.

6. Use a soft towel to pat dry

Splash lukewarm water, depending on your preference, and rinse your face. Then take a soft cloth to pat dry your face. Avoid scrubbing your face as it could lead to a breakout.

7. Move on to your daily skincare routine

Here, you can follow the rest of the steps for your skin to feel rejuvenated to its core. Let’s give a look to the basics below:

Step 1: After cleansing, a toner is a must to naturally close or shrink the pores, especially, if you have oily skin. It also helps cleanse any fine dirt and grime that’s left behind on the skin.

Step 2: Pick a serum for your concern. Watch your skin’s behaviour through the seasons and pick a serum according to your skin type. Always do a patch test before using one on your bare skin. Apply 1-2 pumps to cover one thin layer of the product on your skin.

Step 3: Do moisturise twice a day to protect the barrier. At this step, give your skin an instant boost to seal all the skincare steps performed.

Step 4: Apply adequate sunscreen 15-20 minutes before heading outdoors.

When to use a facial cleanser

Knowing when and how many times to use a facial cleanser is as important as picking the right type of skin cleanser. Moreover, overdoing with a cleanser could do more harm than good to your skin.

Sensitive skin type – Always pick a gentle cleanser to not irritate your skin pH levels. Wash as often as required.

Oily skin type – Try to wash 2-3 times a day, because such skin type has more sebum production sitting on the top layer of the skin. Washing twice or thrice a day should be ample.

Normal skin type – Washing in the AM, PM, or occasionally during the day works best to achieve a squeaky-clean face.

Also read: Face Wash vs Cleanser – What is the difference between Cleanser and Face Wash

Why Pick The Pink Foundry Face Cleanser?

The Pink Foundry has carefully formulated skin-friendly, cruelty-free, and paraben-free cleanser, which cleanses all skin types and hydrates them well after every cleansing routine. Get to explore more details about their product range by clicking here.

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