Cleansing forms the base of a solid and effective skincare routine. If your face is clean and free from dirt, makeup and other impurities, your skincare products will sink deeper into your skin and work more effectively.

But as important as the act of cleansing is, picking the right cleanser that suits your skin type and its unique needs is equally essential. But with all the different types of cleanser available in the market, picking one that suits your needs can be an intimidating task, amirite? But worry not, because we have decoded the different types of cleansers and their benefits so that you can pick the right one for you.

 

01. Gel cleansers

01. Gel cleansers

If you have oily or acne-prone skin, then a gel cleanser is an ideal pick for you. Gel cleansers have a lightweight, clear, gel-like consistency aimed to cleanse excess sebum and clear out your pores. Basically, they provide a deep cleansing experience and unclog pores to keep acne at bay.

BB picks: Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel

 

02. Foam cleansers

02. Foam cleansers

Another great option for people with oily and combination skin is a foam cleanser. The creamy formula lathers to a rich foam on coming in contact with water. It helps to cleanse away oil, keep your skin matte for a longer period of time.

BB picks: Pond’s Flawless White Deep Whitening Facial Foam

 

03. Cream cleansers

03. Cream cleansers

Ideal for people with dry and sensitive skin types, cream cleanser, as the name suggests, is a rich cream-based formula. Since it is infused with a lot of moisturising ingredients, this formula does not strip the skin of its natural oils; instead, it delivers your skin with an extra dose of hydration.

BB picks: Lakme Blush & Glow Strawberry Creme Face Wash

 

04. Oil-based cleansers

04. Oil-based cleansers

Even though it may sound like an oil-based cleanser might not be the best choice for people with oily and combination skin types, it is actually suitable for all skin types. In fact, the Korean beauty regimen advises you to first cleanse your face with an oil-based cleanser to loosen the dirt and makeup, irrespective of your skin type and then follow it up with another face wash that suits your skin type.

BB picks: Lakme Absolute Argan Oil Radiance Rinse Off Cleansing Oil

 

05. Micellar water

05. Micellar water

Micellar water is a fairly recent entrant to the cleanser family, but it is quickly gaining popularity thanks to its incredible cleansing properties. This water-based cleanser is infused with tiny micelles (oil molecules) that help to attract dirt, makeup and other impurities to leave your face squeaky clean. And the best part about this cleanser is that it doesn’t need to be rinsed off.

BB picks: Simple Kind To Skin Micellar Cleansing Water

 

06. Clay cleansers

06. Clay cleansers

Clay masks have been around for quite a while and are known for their oil absorbing powers. Similarly, clay cleansers are perfect for people with oily and combination skin as it helps to eliminate excess oil, draw clogged impurities from the skin and keep your pores thoroughly clean.

BB picks: Pond’s White Beauty Mineral Clay Instant Brightness Face Wash Foam