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Difference between Face Wash and Cleanser

Updated: Jun 6, 2020

Cleansing is the first step in the skincare routine. Cleansers dissolve daily dirt, grime, impurities and make-up, gently clearing the skin. It can be used daily. Unlike most soaps and body washes, cleansers do not contain the ingredient sodium lauryl sulfate, which is known to be a common skin irritant. …Cleansers are proven to be gentler than face washes and soaps. Different types of cleanser are available in the market, but there are three types mainly used in skincare.

1. Oil-based cleanser

2. Water-based cleanser and

3. Foam based cleanser.

It is very important to select a cleanser that is alcohol-free for dry, sensitive, or dehydrated skin.

How to use cleanser?

Dampen your skin with lukewarm water. Apply a coin-sized amount of your cleanser, warm between your hands and apply to face. Massage into your skin, including your neck. Rinse with lukewarm water or remove with Muslin Cloth/facial tissue.

The face wash is a substitute for soap. Face washes foam up like soap when applied to leave you feeling clean and refreshed. Face washes are perfect for those with oily skin, giving you a more matte look.

How to use Face Wash?

Wash your hands. Wet your face with lukewarm water. Apply the facewash of your choice. Massage gently with a small circular motion. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry.

Which one should you use?

Cleansers and face washes can most certainly be used together in one's skincare routine. For those who tend to have dry skin, a cleanser could be used to keep the skin feeling soft and smooth. For those with oily and sensitive skin, a face wash is recommended and provide much-needed nourishment. One can use this daily to wash and clean your skin. If you plan on using these products together, it is better to use face washes more frequently than cleansers to keep your skin feeling healthy, hydrated, and refreshed. The face wash is recommended in the morning when an individual is preparing for daily activities or when preparing to go to work. On the other hand, the cleanser can be used in the evening during bedtime.

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