If you’re in the market for a new face wash or cleanser, you might be concerned about all the ingredients listed on that back label. Really, there are only a few you need to worry about when you’re shopping for a cleanser. However, the ones YOU need to look for might be different from those your sister or friend looks for.
There are key ingredients that are good for all skin, but the best face wash ingredients for you depend on your skin type and any problems you may be facing. Is acne still bothering you? Are you looking to prevent wrinkles? Read on to shop smart!
Understand your skin
Before you can decide which ingredients are going to help your skin, you need to determine what is wrong with it. Is it oily? Dry? Maybe you suffer from pimples or large pores? Whatever it is, your face wash has the power to make it better or worse by removing dirt, dead skin cells, makeup and excess oil. But not all face washes are created equally.
If your skin reacts badly to harsh chemicals by getting red or drying out, you have sensitive skin and need something that will cleanse without stripping your face of all natural oils. Look for a face wash that has calming herbs like chamomile to soothe irritation, and moisturizing ingredients like aloe vera. Hydroxatone’s Gentle Milky Cleanser might be a good option – it has lavender for an added aromatherapeutic benefit!
Still fighting acne?
Adult acne is more common than you might think, which is why it’s important to choose a face wash that will keep breakouts at bay while still hydrating your skin to reduce the chance of wrinkling. Salicylic acid is the name of the zit-fighting game, and its the one you need to look for in a drugstore classic like Aveeno’s Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser is the best of both worlds in this way it has salicylic acid acne medication, but the soy extracts make it so the medicine won’t dry your skin out and cause more breakouts.
Fighting the flakes?
If you have extremely dry skin, it makes it difficult to apply makeup and can clog your pores and cause breakouts. Yuck! Although it’s a good idea to switch to a heavy moisturizer in the winter months to battle flakes, the hydrating process really starts in the shower. Look for shea butter, jojoba oil or palm oil to amp up the moisture. Clarins Extra-Comfort Cleansing Cream with Shea Butter has the trifecta, and can leaves skin decadently smooth (and clean!)