How To Use Your Face Cleanser For Every Skin Type—The Only Guide You Will Ever Need

Written by Team BBAug 18, 2022
how to use your face cleanser for every skin type—the only guide you will ever need

You don’t even realize this but cleansing your face is the most important part of your skincare regimen. No beauty product works on your skin unless and until you have a clean face that is clear of all the dirt, oil and product build-up from the previous day. However, the way you do it and the product you use for cleansing your face can really make or break your skincare game. There are plenty of face cleansers in the market and then there are natural cleansers too, but which is best for your skin and how many times you should cleanse your skin in a day depends on your skin type.

Washing your face is the first thing you do when you wake up and face cleanser is the first skincare product you treat your skin with. That is why it is extremely important that you pick a face cleanser that is gentle, boosts hydration and targets your skin issues while leaving your skin squeaky clean. So whether you are blessed with oily, dry or sensitive skin, here is a comprehensive (and useful) guide to the best type of face cleanser for every skin type, followed by a few tips on how to use your face cleanser for healthy and flawless skin. Read on...


1. Face Cleanser for Oily Skin

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Back in the day, when research in beauty was limited, most people relied on regular soap to wash their skin (we shudder to think). However, with the advancements in the skincare space, a plethora of  products have been populating the racks, making the choice confusing. Away from today’s fancy packages, scintillating aromas and compelling textures, here’s insight into the more basic question (that most people overlook): what’s the difference between a facewash and a face cleanser? Well, basically a face cleanser is made to purify, hydrate, and soothe your skin. Once applied, the texture will be creamy, milky, gel-like, or even watery. Whereas, a face wash is made to clean your pores more deeply. The texture is often foamy or will lather into a foam when applied to your damp skin. And what makes this distinction even more evident, cleanse exudes all those relaxation, spa-like vives and wash indicates a quick and no-fuss process.  

So now that the basics are clear, also bear in mind, you can’t just opt for the prettiest cleanser and facewash  the shelf of the ones that’s being endorsed by celebs. You got to pick the product that’s the best match for your skin. So, before you add to your cart and learn more about skin types and know which bracket you fit into.  

Types of Skin   

Dry skin  


2. Dry Skin

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If you spend most of your day dealing with itchy facial patches or collecting the bits of your flaky skin, invest in a gentle cleanser with hydrating ingredients. We recommend nothing but the St. Ives Watermelon Hydrating Face Wash. Enriched with the goodness of hyaluronic acid, this cleanser helps the skin retain moisture without stripping your natural oils, for that fresh and youthful radiance. Its rejuvenating gel texture soothes the irritated patches, leaving the skin with a plush glow. 

Oily skin  


3. Sensitive Skin

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Ever had someone ask you whether you have highlighter on when it actually it’s just the oil on your skin? If yes, you’re at the right place! If you have oily skin, we vouch for the POND'S Bright Beauty Spot-less Glow Face Wash and our curation of other best-in-class picks to save the day. Improving acne-prone skin, this Pond’s potion deeply cleanses and reduces dullness, while boosting the radiance of your skin with Pro-Vitamin B3, a powerful skin lightening solution. Also, its foaming qualities soak the skin’s excessive oil secretion, preventing clogging of pores.   

Combination skin  


4. Normal Skin

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If everything was black and white, they’d be easy to understand but as soon as they slip into the grey area the question marks arise. Akin to this, knowing how to choose a cleanser for combination skin  is a tricky landscape. However, keep worries to the side because  Simple’s Kind To Skin Refreshing Facial Wash is here for you. 

A 100% soap-free cleanser, this must-have facewash is enriched with Vitamin E and allantoin; two magical elements that work collaboratively to replenish, nourish and cleanse the skin. Allantoin prevents the skin from drying as it seeps in to deeply hydrate it, whereas good ol’ Vitamin E regulates our skin’s natural sebum secretions — keeping your skin moist and glowy. 

Types of face cleanser


5. Combination Skin

Always follow up with a moisturizer

Gel cleansers 

Well, being an oily skin girl, I totally fall back on gel cleansers. Known to glide on the skin like a dream, a clear gel face wash works towards washing away excess sebum from your pores and washing out that extra gunk. Unclogging every inch of your skin, gel cleansers tightens the epidermis instantly and takes all the oily droopiness away. However, if you’re struggling with chronic acne, pair your gel cleanser with a good lifestyle. After all, mindful nutrition, good sleep, an effective workout routine and the right products accelerate the journey towards blemish-free skin.     

Foam cleansers 

Giving you that enjoyable lathering experience, foaming cleansers give you a deep cleanse as they lather onto the skin. The foaming particles lift dirt and debris deep out of your pores, leaving your skin feeling revitalised. Best for oily and acne-prone skin, their cleansing properties can rejuvenate dull and greasy skin. To remove cakey layers of foundation, pair your favourite foaming solution with a foaming cleanser. And voila, in just a few simple steps, all your makeup residue will be gone, without any damage to the skin.   

Cream cleansers 

As the name suggests, cream cleansers typically have a thicker consistency and contain moisturising goodies; milk and honey! Which is why, at times, they are also referred to as milk cleansers. And what do they do? These products are an unfailing choice for those with dry, sensitive, or mature skin for these provide some unmatched moisturisation. However, not washing it off properly can clog your pores and thereon, invite the bacteria batter. So, give your skin time to soak and give yourself a minute or two to fully wash it off.  

Oil-based cleansers 

We know it seems contradictory but  using an oil-based cleanser for oily skin prevents it from producing excess oil…and it’s true.  

This is essential to curb acne breakouts as overly dry skin, or skin that is stripped of natural oils with harsh alcohol-based products, may result in an overproduction of oils to compensate for the lack. Oil cleansers effectively remove makeup, dirt and other debris while gently conditioning the skin.  

Micellar cleansers 

This super cleanser; micellar water does the trick as it binds moisture to the skin, while the surfactant cleansers get rid of the dirt. Known far and wide for removing makeup, this skincare star is fab for all skin types (yes, that right!) However, those with super sensitive skin can look for options without alcohol or fragrances.   

Clay cleansers  

As a skincare ingredient, clay is best known for its purifying properties. Clay-based cleansers purify the skin by drawing out excess oil and toxins from the pores. And because of this, they are a great option for combination or oily skin — just be sure to use an oil-free moisturiser afterwards.  

To a deeper dive, we’ve also explored the world of face washes. So, you’re always prepped to make an informed choice.  

Types of face wash  


6. Wipe off makeup first

Always follow up with a moisturizer

Oily Skin Face Wash  

Hey there greasy skin girls, we know that when your T-zone is slippery with oil, you’re really on the hunt for a facewash that soaks it all and leaves your skin feeling supple and clean.  

Dry Skin Face Wash  

No one likes that flaky skin business and that’s a fact. Dulling your entire glow down, wrappers peeling from your skin and creating a constant itch is no easy feat. Which is why, to put these troubles to rest, fall back on Lakmé Blush & Glow Strawberry Combo Face Wash With Fruit Extracts. This gel-based wash is formulated to do its best to do wonders for dry skin and is infused with the goodness of strawberries (sweet!)  and powerful antioxidants - working towards complexion hydration and brightening. Also, its texture is far from basic as it also has small beads for gentle exfoliation. 

Combination Face Wash  

Suffering from dull skin? Well, not anymore, Use a face wash that’s for combination skin that clears away pollution, makeup residues, and dirt without stripping away the natural moisture.  A good face wash will take away the spell of nasty pigmentation and dark spots to give you that superb radiance.  


7. Try the 60-second rule

Always follow up with a moisturizer


8. Always follow up with a moisturizer

Always follow up with a moisturizer

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