Throughout the day, dirt, oils and pollutants accumulate on the skin. Unless washed away with a thorough facial cleansing routine, these impurities can contribute to breakouts, dehydration and premature aging. Read on to discover what a cleanser is, what it does and how to use it.
What is a cleanser?
Facial cleansers come in multiple textures (foam, gel, lotion and water), each capable of cleansing the skin, but with their own unique benefits. Cleansers are designed to help clarify the face, and differ from soap or body wash as cleansers typically contain more moisturizing ingredients while minimizing irritation.
Cleanser vs face wash
Face wash is a water-based product that lathers up when massaged into the skin. Its astringent qualities help to control excess oil and deeply clean pores. However, unless infused with nourishing ingredients, face washes can be harsh on the skin and result in a tight, dry feeling.
Cleansers also clean the skin but are often gentler with a richer texture. They’re typically formulated with nourishing ingredients, like red ginseng and Vitamin B5, to help hydrate and soothe the skin while cleansing.
What does cleanser do?
An essential first step in every skincare routine, cleansing benefits the skin in many ways.
Removing makeup and impurities
Using a hydrating facial cleanser helps to remove impurities, dead skin cells, oil, dirt, and traces of makeup that may clog pores, leaving skin feeling refreshed and revitalized.
To help maintain the appearance of clear skin, try No7 Micellar Cleansing Water. Formulated with No7’s Tri-Vit Complex and red ginseng, it works to dissolve makeup, impurities and excess oil, leaving skin looking clean and free of shine. This cleanser also helps to protect skin’s natural, healthy balance and is suitable for all skin types.