How to find the best cleanser for your skin type

We break down the best cleanser for every type of skin. Find yours here...

There are so many different types of cleansers that it can seem a bit overwhelming trying to find the best one for you. Water or oil? Foaming or non-foaming? We break down the different types of cleanser to make it easier for you to find your perfect match.

Gel and cream cleansers

If you suffer from skin conditions, such as eczema, then these are the best type for you as they won’t dry out your skin. If possible, look for one with natural ingredients with moisturising properties.

Best for: Sensitive or irritated skin

Try: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gelee Milk Cleanser, £5.33, Boots

Micellar water

Micellar cleansing water is a great option for skin that’s sensitive, as it’s extremely gentle and doesn’t make your skin feel tight and dry after application – it’s also perfect for when you can’t be bothered to give your face a full-on deep cleanse. Simply pour some on to a cotton pad and wipe over the face to clean and cleanse. It’s that simple.

Best for: Sensitive skin

Try: Elemis Smart Cleanse Micellar Water, £24,

Foaming cleansers

Usually coming in gel or cream form, these cleansers last the longest because you only need a small amount to get a good lather on your face. However, foaming cleansers can be quite drying, meaning that if you already suffer with dry skin, you should think about opting for a more nourishing balm formula.

Best for: Combination/oily skin

Try: Clinique’s Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser, £17,


Oil cleansers

You may think that if you have oily skin, you should avoid putting oil on your face at all costs, but this definitely isn’t the case and they may actually help improve your skin’s complexion by eliminating oil and dirt build-up without stripping your skin. Plus, they’re really great at removing make-up, particularly stubborn mascara.

Best for: All skin types

Try: Bobbi Brown’s Soothing Cleansing Oil, £32,

Cleansing balms

These are particularly thick and luxurious cleansers that are great for dry skin in need of deep moisturising. Some will leave a slightly oily residue, though, and so need to be rinsed thoroughly.

Best for: Dry skin

Try: Elemis’ Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, £40,

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