Frequently Asked Questions About Cleansers
What do facial cleansers do?
"Facial cleansers refresh your complexion and wash away debris, makeup, dead skin cells, excess oil, and pollutants without stripping your skin. Facial cleansers provide a clean slate for all products applied after, and should be used in the morning and at night," says Steph Scalet, Global Aesthetics Lead.
Is face wash a cleanser?
"Yes, face wash is the same as a skin cleanser. There are different types of skin cleanser, such as: gel, milk, cream, or powder. A balanced cleanser or face wash will leave your skin feeling clean and refreshed without irritation," says Steph Scalet, Global Aesthetics Lead.
Do you need a cleanser and a face wash?
"If you're unclear what a facial cleanser is, think of it like a face wash—it's basically the same thing. If you have a favorite cleanser or face wash, that's all you need. But, you can also personalize your cleansing, so try a gel cleanser in the morning and a cream cleanser at night, or swap cleansers in summer and winter," says Steph Scalet, Global Aesthetics Lead.
Can you use a hydrating cleanser for combination skin?
"All skin types can benefit from hydrating cleansers. You can have combination skin and still lack water or moisture, so the best combination skin cleanser will be a hydrating cleanser that offers gentle exfoliation to balance excess oil," says Steph Scalet, Global Aesthetics Lead.
Which is better foam or gel cleanser?
"The best skin cleanser for one person may be different for another. If you're looking to nourish and condition while cleansing, milks or creams are a great choice. Gel and foaming cleansers can offer deep cleansing to balance and revitalize skin," says Steph Scalet, Global Aesthetics Lead.
What type of face cleanser should I use?
"Choosing a skin cleanser that's right for you is all down to what you want it to target. Whether breakouts, oil-balancing, sensitivity, hydration, aging, or hyperpigmentation, choose a targeted cleanser to support your skin concerns, and follow up with a similar skincare ritual for all the benefits," says Steph Scalet, Global Aesthetics Lead.
What is gel cleanser used for?
"Gel skin cleansers offer a deep cleansing action while refreshing and balancing skin. Most skin types can benefit from a gel cleanser, depending on what it's targeting. Some gel formulas may foam when water is added to enhance the cleansing and balancing experience," says Steph Scalet, Global Aesthetics Lead.