There’s nothing worse than dry and itchy skin that keeps peeling or oily skin that is prone to acne. You need to get down to basics when it comes to healthy and happy skin. No matter how many products you use, washing your face is the first and most important step towards perfect skin. You need to understand your skin type and the kind of cleanser that will suit you. In order to find the perfect face cleanser, you need to look for certain ingredients in face wash. It’s time to take notes, ladies!
Following are the essential ingredients which you should always check on the label of a face wash before buying it
Retinol is known for reducing fine lines around your eyes and lip area. This magical ingredient is amazing to help build collagen and reduce these lines and improve skin’s texture. You might want to stay away from harsh scrubs while using a retinol based cleanser and remember to moisturize after you apply the cleanser.
POPxo Recommends: Retinol-X Anti-Aging Gel Cleanser (Rs 2,849)
Hyaluronic acid helps keep your skin plump and firm. It also regulates cell renewal and maintains skin’s elasticity and moisture. It’s great for someone who has dehydrated skin as it creates a moisture barrier which helps make your skin soft and smooth.
Peptides are the protein building blocks that instruct the skin cells on how to behave. You might want to start using a peptides based cleanser in your thirties as your skin starts losing its elasticity. It also helps fade acne scars and other blemishes on your skin.
POPxo Recommends: Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-Ageing Revitalizing Skin Cream Face Wash Cleanser (Rs 379)
This is one of the face wash ingredients for oily skin.If your skin breaks out quite a lot, then it’s time for you to use a salicylic based cleanser. It penetrates even the oiliest of skin and provides deep cleansing. Your skin will feel fresh and soft as it reduces the production of excess oil and unclogs the pores. Massage it thoroughly into your skin on a daily basis to get rid of acne.
POPxo Recommends: L'Oreal Paris Go 360 Clean Anti Breakout Facial Cleanser (Rs 450) and Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Cleansing Gel (Rs 2,800)
Vitamin C is an incredible ingredient when it comes to boosting natural glow and evening out your skin tone. You can use a Vitamin C based cleanser irrespective of your skin type. It works best during nighttime when it’s not exposed to oxygen and light.
POPxo Recommends: Dermalogica Essential Cleansing Solution (Rs 975)
Ceramides help in holding the cells together and maintaining the elasticity of your skin. It helps replenish the lipids lost due to pollution and excess exposure to the sun. A ceramide-based cleanser will clear your skin without irritating it, leaving it soft and smooth.
POPxo Recommends: Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Purifying Cream Cleanser (Rs 1,649)
If you are looking for a light and oil free moisturizer make sure your cleanser contain ceramides. It is added to cleansers to hold moisture in the skin and hydrate it. Maintaining a certain level of moisture on your skin is important. Ceramides hold the skin cells to form a protective layer against harmful foreign elements leading to a plump skin.
POPxo Recommends: Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Purifying Cream Cleanser (Rs. 2153)
Vitamin E is an essential antioxidant that is one of the best ingredients to nourish skin. Nowadays, many beauty products are formulated using vitamin E. It helps to prevent premature ageing and reducing UV damaged skin. It also recovers the damage done by free radicals. It is beneficial in lightening the dark spots on the skin. You should look for this magical ingredient in not only cleansers but other beauty products too!
POPxo Recommends: Kiehls Ultra Facial Cleanser (Rs. 1300)
Here’s to clear and gorgeous skin!
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This story was updated in October 2019.