Which is the best cleanser for you?
Recently, I've been discussing with friends about the type of cleanser people prefer to use. To my surprise, there are quite a lot of people prefer to use foam cleanser over oil cleanser. They prefer foam cleanser as the foam lather makes it seem like a more effective cleanse. Personally, I love oil cleanser and I feel the need to do oil cleanser justice! But of course, I am not here to force oil cleansing onto you just because I love the fabulous OY-L Manuka Honey Cleanser (oil based). I will write about how the two types of cleanser work and you'll understand the pros and cons of each type. I hope after reading this post, you can make a more informed decision in choosing which type of cleanser is best for you!
How does foam cleansing work?
Surfactants are what create the foam. They are typically used as detergents or foaming agents, and they can be a little harsh on your skin and i'll explain why. Without getting too technical, surfactants are compounds that help water mix with oil so that oil-based impurities such as oils in your makeup and sunscreen can be rinsed off. This process does not discriminate and it will mix with your skin's natural oil and rinses it off. Without your skin's natural protective barrier, your skin becomes all dry and sensitive.
This type of cleanser is ideal for people with oily skin, and also for those with acne-prone or teenage skin.
Due to the effectiveness of oil removal, foaming cleansers aren’t recommended for those with already dry skin, or skin that’s very sensitive.
How does oil cleansing work?
Oil cleansing is the process of using oil to dissolve and remove dirt on the skin.
“Oil Cleansers work on an ‘oil attracts oil’ basis, absorbing impurities and nourishing the skin,” - Dermatologist Francesca Fusco
Unlike foam cleansing, oil cleansing does not remove your natural protective barrier. Instead, if you choose to use plant based oils to cleanse your skin the good oils work to dissolve any ‘bad’ oils that build up on the skin’s surface and cause problems and therefore helps to regulate your own sebum production. The result of this process is that you get clean skin that is soft and moisturised.
This is best for makeup wearers, especially those who tend to wear primer, and foundation. It’s also excellent for dry skin, eczema prone skin and sensitive skin.
This isn’t the best choice for extremely oily skin types. If you do have extremely oily skin, then you may need foam cleanser to remove excess oil!