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

Oily Skin

Oily skin has umpteen skin problems apart from the sticky and icky feel and shiny complexion. It brings with it acne, blackheads, visibly large pores, dullness and what not. Washing your face with the right face wash thus becomes even more important for you. To get your skin thoroughly clear and clean, get a face cleanser that cleanse your skin off the excess oil while also fight your oily skin issues like acne, blackheads, and whiteheads. Ponds Oil Control Face Wash is one face cleanser you can trust. It helps control sebum production and cleans excess oil from your skin, thus reducing pimples and blackheads. It has silica gel bead technology that targets the oil and leaves your skin oil-free and glowing. Wash your face with this cleanser to unlock clean and healthy skin free of oil and blemishes.


2. Dry Skin

Dry Skin

Since face cleansers can dry out skin sometimes, people with dry skin have to really careful while picking a face cleanser for themselves. Dry skin becomes flaky in extreme weather and before you know it you have chapped, itchy and irritated skin. If you have dry skin, you need a face cleanser that not only cleanses your face but also lends some hydration to it. Cleansing with a harsh face wash can often result in loss of natural moisture of the skin which can make your dry skin feel even drier and tight. You need a foaming face wash that hydrates your skin and seals in the moisture. We recommend Dove Beauty Moisture Conditioning Facial Cleanser for the daily dose of a hydration boost and squeaky clean skin. It conditions and nourishes dry skin. Its foam is extremely mild on the skin and leaves it visibly soft and smooth. Use it twice a day and follow up with a moisturizer.


3. Sensitive Skin

Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin is the most difficult skin type to deal with, hands down! It is prone to redness, rashes, acne, itching, and irritation, and catches allergies from nowhere. You have to take care of extra care of your skin and be super careful with the beauty products you get for yourself. Talking about face cleansers, a mild formula is a no brainer. You can’t afford to take your chances with harsh one with strong chemicals and such when you get skin irritation easily. Get a face cleanser that is specifically made for sensitive skin and is made with gentle formula, one with no parabens or artificial colour or alcohol.

You can try Simple Kind To Skin Refreshing Facial Wash. It contains absolutely no soap, colour, fragrance or harsh chemicals and is infused with triple purified water, Vitamin E and pro Vitamin B which makes it a winner cleanser for the sensitive skin. It is extremely gentle on the skin so you don’t have to worry about getting any skin reactions. Plus, it cleanses your face and leaves it refreshed and healthy-looking all day.      


4. Normal Skin

Normal Skin

Got normal skin? Then you are one of the lucky few. You don’t get acne or blackheads, your skin doesn’t drip oil or is severely sensitive and it doesn’t become too dry either. Have said that, you do have your own skin woes to deal with! You may experience dull and dreary skin from time to time and may lose your natural radiance. This happens because of change in weather, hormonal changes and poor diet.

While you don’t really have to worry about skin imperfections, you still have to keep your skin spotless and clean and maintain that healthy glow. Look for a face cleanser that is formulated for normal skin so that it doesn’t induce oil or make your skin dry. You need a face wash that gets all the skin impurities out and lends a natural glow to your skin. Get your hands on Lakme Blush & Glow Peach Gel Face Wash. It has the goodness of peaches which work like magic on normal skin type. Wash your face with this face wash twice a day for perfectly clean, fresh and glowing skin.


5. Combination Skin

Combination Skin

Combination skin deals with the problems of both oily and dry skin. It has an oily Tzone—forehead, nose and chin—and a dry U zone—temples and cheeks. While you get blackheads and acne on your T zone, you also feel dry and chapped on the rest of your face. Is there anything worse? No! Treat your skin well by cleaning it with a face wash that targets both the issues. You need a face cleanser that clears off oil and grime from your face while also moisturizing your skin. That way, you will have an oil-free, hydrated skin that is spotless and bright. For the combination skin, we suggest Lever Ayush Natural Ayurvedic Oil Clear Aloe Vera Face Wash. It is enriched with lemongrass and lodhra to cater to your oily T zone and aloe vera to provide enough moisture to your skin. The perfect blend of these ingredients makes it the perfect face cleanser for combination skin. Wash twice a day to deep cleanse your face and get the excess oil off and hydrate your skin at the same time to achieve glowing and flawless skin.

Here are some pre, during and post face wash tips to get spotless and healthy skin...


6. Wipe off makeup first

Wipe off makeup first

Before slathering on your face wash, make sure you wipe away any makeup or product build-up from your face. Many face washes can’t get oil-based skincare products like sunscreen or waterproof makeup off which leaves your face with product residue. Use facial wipes and makeup remover to get the residue off before you wash your face.


7. Try the 60-second rule

Try the 60-second rule

You might wash your face for about 20 seconds but it is recommended to massage your face for a good one minute to allow the ingredients to work their magic and thoroughly cleanse your skin. Washing properly also ensures maximum hydration and soft skin.


8. Always follow up with a moisturizer

Always follow up with a moisturizer

No matter what skin type you have, always apply a moisturizer after you are done washing your face. A layer face moisturizer applied immediately after rinsing your face acts as a protective barrier which helps retain the moisture and lock it in so your skin doesn’t feel and look dry.