How Do I Choose the Best Wash?
You need to identify your skin type first before you go shopping for a face wash. As mentioned earlier, there are different kinds of face washes that are formulated for different skin types.
If you have oily skin, you will need an ‘oil-control’ face wash. Oily skin is indicated by large, clearly visible pores on the face, and shiny slick appearance. This oily sheen may even appear just a couple of minutes after you’ve washed your face. ‘Oil-Control’ doesn’t always mean oil free. A natural wash with essential oils can actually help control breakouts. Look for lavender, clary sage, juniper, or tea tree oil; all know for their acne fighting power.
A good ‘oil-control’ wash will penetrate deep into the pores, cleaning them from the inside, and then help regulate your skin’s oil production without drying it out. Ideal face washes are those that contain charcoal to strip bacteria and formulated to re-balance the skin’s pH level after it’s done the heavy lifting. For chronic acne, look for cleansers with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. These are overkill for most men but may be necessary for severe cases of acne.
Now, if your skin is dry you will need a mild cleanser that is effective at stripping off dirt and grime without removing the natural oils. When you have dry skin if it often feels itchy, flaky, or tight. For dry skin, you will need a hydrating facial wash, preferably one that contains natural moisturizers like aloe vera or essential oils. Look out for harsh surfactants, or foaming agents, which can dry skin out. A good face wash for dry skin shouldn’t create too much of a lather, but still does an excellent job of cleaning the skin.
If you have sensitive skin your face often gets red and irritated after you wash your face or scrub your face (you may be quick to get razor burn every time you shave). For sensitive skin like yours, you need to look for face cleanser that is smooth and creates a light creamy lather (but avoid cleansers that contain chemical surfactants to create that lather). Avoid exfoliating washes; these contain scrubbing agents that will irritate sensitive skin. Look for soothing ingredients such as Aloe Vera, witch hazel, or willow bark. As always, you need to find a cleanser that helps normalize the pH level of your skin. The most likely reason why your skin is so sensitive in the first place is because the pH level is out of balance.
Now, if you’re lucky enough to have normal skin (even skin tone, no redness, no flaking, no shiny spots, and only has the occasional acne breakout) you can use any kind of face wash that you want. However, it is recommended that you still choose the ones that are non-drying, with ingredients that offer a lot of bonus benefits. Since you are not fixing anything on your skin, you can just concentrate on maintaining its health or further improve your complexion by using facial washes that have anti-aging, hydrating, and toning capabilities.
Here’s a list of ingredients that make the best face wash:
· Aloe Vera
· Willow Bark
· Anti-aging Essential Oils
If your skin sounds like a combination of any of the types above you have ‘combination skin’. This is usually indicated by an oily T-zone (the area comprised of your forehead, nose and chin) and dry skin patches on your cheeks. If you have this skin type, you need to look for a cleanser that offers a good balance of deep cleaning and hydration. Your facial wash should be all-natural with the ability to clean your skin without drying it and helps balance the skin’s oil production and protects its lipid barrier.
Once you have identified what skin type you have, it will remove all of the guesswork involved in choosing the right facial wash for you. However, you may not get it right on the first try. Everyone’s skin is different, you may even have some mild allergies you’re unaware of, so your skin may react poorly to popular highly rated face washes. You may need to try a couple different brands to find the perfect cleanser.
What’s the Difference Between a Face Wash and a Body Wash?
Basically, body washes are specifically formulated for washing the skin on the body, which means they contain stronger active ingredients. Throughout the day, the warm, dark, covered areas of your body accumulate lots of bacteria. Body washes need stronger ingredients to clean and disinfect all this bacteria. In addition, the body’s skin is a lot more resilient than the thin skin of the face. It can take a lot more scrubbing than the sensitive skin on your face.
Face washes are formulated specifically for deep, yet gentle cleaning of the face. Would you want to use the same soap your clean your hands and feet with to wash the sensitive areas around your eyes? Probably not, it’s worth keeping a bottle of body wash AND face wash in your bathroom. Your complexion will thank you.