When it comes to creating the perfect skincare routine, weâ€™re more spoilt for choice than ever before. And while it can be a little tricky to work out what products you really need in your daily regimen and which you can do without, skincare experts believe that a great cleanser is the starting point of any great routine.
â€śCleansing in the morning helps to remove excess oils and bacteria,â€ť explains Kerrie Moore, Dr. LeWinnâ€™s National Training Manager. â€śWhereas cleansing in the evening is also essential in the evening to remove any environmental impurities, excess oil and makeup,â€ť she adds.
But just like moisturisers and serums â€“ not all cleansers are created equal. And to get the results you desire from your routine, you need to invest in a cleanser thatâ€™s right for your skin type. â€śThe right cleanser will leave the skin feeling comfortable, fresh and clean,â€ť says Moore. â€śIt should never strip the skin of natural oils which is there for protection.â€ť
Moore suggests investing in a nourishing and hydrating cleanser if your skin is dry or dehydrated.Â â€śA combination/oily skin type benefits from a wash or foaming cleanser that helps remove excess oil leaving skin feeling fresh and clean. If you have sensitive skin, you should be using a fragrance-free formulation that is gentle enough to daily use,â€ť she explains.
HOW TO DOUBLE CLEANSE
If you regularly wear makeup, it can be a good idea to get into the habit of doing a double cleanse in the evening. ProponentsÂ say it does a world of good for your skin, using two different types of cleansers to remove surface debris accumulated during the day â€“ including makeup, SPF and environmental pollution â€“ then going deeper to clean out pores in preparation for serum and moisturiser. It also makes a real difference to the effectiveness of the skincare you apply afterwards.
STEP ONE: The first step is to use an oil-based cleanser as itâ€™s lipophilic, so it binds with, and gently helps remove surface oil-based products as well as excess build up of natural oils. Massage over dry skin â€“ yes, over the top of your makeup! â€“ and emulsify with warm water before rinsing away, encouraging the last traces with a damp flannel if required.
STEP TWO: The second step is to use a water-based cream, gel or milk cleanser to actually clean and condition skin without having to battle through product. Youâ€™ll need much less product for this step, the hard work is done with the first step. Simply spread over damp skin and rinse away.
Our Favourite Cleansers for Healthy Skin
KateÂ SomervilleÂ Detox Daily Cleanser, $62, gently detoxifies and exfoliates skin with glycolic and lactic to reveal a glowing complexion both morning and evening.
Formulated with antioxidant-rich blueberries,Â Glow Recipe Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser, $55Â refines pores and hydrates skin while it cleanses your complexion.
Make-up fanatics will loveÂ Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil, $86,Â which gently dissolves make-up and the dayâ€™s impurities.
Mascara and hard-to-remove make-up doesnâ€™t stand a chance when you reach for hard-workingÂ Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm, $65.
Skin-nurturing ingredient squalane is the hero inÂ The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser, $17.10. The formulation is perfect for dry and dehydrated skin in need of serious hydration.
SusanneÂ KaufmannÂ Cleansing Gel, $73,Â has been formulated with oily and combination skin in mind. The gentle formula works to balance sebum production while cleansing skin.
No time for a multi-step routine? Multi-taskingÂ Tatcha The Deep Cleanse, $100, exfoliates with Japanese luffa fruit to slough away dead skin cells.
A healthy skin microbiome could be the secret to luminous skin.Â Murad Prebiotic 4-in-1 MultiCleanser, $75, cleanses skin without stripping it of essential bacteria that keep our skin balanced.
Micellar water fans will love luxuriousÂ La Prairie Crystal Micellar Water, $225. Use it alone or before your usual cream cleanser.
Sisley Paris Radiance Foaming Cream, $165, combines the best of both worlds â€“ it whisks away the dayâ€™s make-up will caring for skin with a nurturing cocktail of nourishing ingredients.