Cleansing: the foundation for healthy, glowing skin. Yes, moisturizing is important, and yes, sun protection is absolutely vital, but start off on the wrong foot with an inadequate cleansing routine, and your skin stands no chance.
Take facial wipes, for example. If you’re a ‘quick swoosh of a wipe and we’re done here,’ kind of person, are you for real? While cleansing wipes are handy and convenient when you’re camping or need a quick freshen up before the gym, they don’t do a particularly great job. Not to mention the fact they’re brimming with alcohol, chemicals and harsh soaps. Not ideal if you care about looking after your skin. In fact, there’s only one thing worse – skipping your nighttime cleansing routine completely, simply because you were too tired, too drunk or just too plain lazy…
“Most makeup consists of man-made chemicals which, combined with environmental pollutants, oil and sweat, sit on your skin for up to ten hours in the daytime. Do you really want to sleep in it, too?” asks Dr. Haena Kim, facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon in Walnut Creek, California.
“Overnight is the prime time to help your skin rest from the vigor of the day with the use of targeted anti-aging serums, antioxidants and retinol. You lose this precious time if you don’t remove your makeup, whereas a proper cleanse gives your skin a fighting chance to get the rest and recuperation it needs,” she adds.
With that in mind, it’s time to up your game by adding some hard-working, medical-grade cleansers into your treatment plan. Obviously, getting a personalized recommendation from your aesthetic physician is the ideal way to go, but let’s have a look at a few of our favorites, shall we?
Great for normal skin: SkinMedica Facial Cleanser
Looking for an awesome, all-round cleanser that totally takes care of your normal skin? Then look no further than SkinMedica Facial Cleanser, the brand’s highest customer-rated cleanser, no less. It contains soothing panthenol (pro-vitamin B5) to bind moisture to the surface of the skin, and provides a deep, refreshing cleanse every time.
Great for dry skin: ZO Skin Health Hydrating Cleanser
There’s nothing worse than cleansers that leave a greasy residue, no matter how dry or dehydrated your skin may be. Thankfully, this dual-action Hydrating Cleanser will never leave your skin feeling like it’s coated in product. Instead, it cleanses away dirt, oil and makeup while hydrating, calming and soothing your skin with hero ingredients like sodium hyaluronate, panthenol and glycerin.
Great for combination skin: Neocutis Neo Cleanse Exfoliating Skin Cleanser
Pumped with exfoliating glycolic acid, with the added benefits of hydrating glycerin, Neocutis Neo Cleanse Exfoliating Skin Cleanser is the perfect combination for, well, combination skin. It contains no dyes, fragrance or sulfates, but works to balance and retexturize the skin for a glowing, radiant complexion.
Great for sensitive skin: Alastin Skincare Gentle Cleanser
Sulfate-free and uniquely formulated to clean and soften the skin without upsetting its natural moisture balance, Alastin Skincare Gentle Cleanser makes a pretty tough cleansing competitor to beat. Perfect for post-procedure skin, it’s completely non-irritating yet provides a thorough enough cleanse to remove impurities, makeup and environmental pollutants.
Great for oily or acne-prone skin: Jan Marini Bioglycolic Face Cleanser
Glycolic acid works as a mild, follicular cleansing aid to stimulate collagen, boost cell renewal and tighten pores, making this cleanser particularly effective for acne-prone skin. It also has the added hydrating benefits of sorbitol, which means that with regular use your skin will look fresher, healthier and younger.