Back in the ‘90s, we did not have access to many skincare products as we have today. With K-Beauty products becoming a huge success in the beauty industry, we now are introduced to new and exciting skincare products like serums, elixirs, sheet masks, nose patches, face scrubs, facial oils, face tools and more. However, some products tend to share similarities with each other like the cleanser and face wash. A lot of us get confused because on face value, these products look identical and claim to do the same thing (ie - keeping the pores squeaky clean). However, there’s a big difference between the two. Today, we’re going to find out what makes them special and which one should you spend your moolah on.
Simply put, a cleanser’s job is to remove makeup residue, dirt, oil, dust and other impurities on the face. It’s the first step of your CTM routine and post-cleansing, you will have to follow it up with a toner and a moisturiser. As compared to an ordinary bar of soap, cleansers are designed for the skin on your face. While the cleanser helps to unclog the pores, it also keeps the acne at bay.
However, cleansers are not a one-size-fits-all kind of product for the skin. To get the most out of a cleanser, you need to know your skin type first. Using the wrong cleanser can dry your skin out or cause breakouts. If you have oily or combination skin, look out for gel, clay or a foam-based cleanser. If you have dry skin, look out for cream cleansers. If your skin is sensitive and flares up easily, then you should invest in a micellar, powder or cream cleanser.
As the product’s name suggests, a face wash is specially meant for your face. Since the skin on the face is more sensitive than the other parts of your body, you need a special skincare product for it. It deep cleans the pores and washes away all the gunk, sebum, makeup residue, dirt and bacteria. A face wash leaves your skin feeling clean, smooth and radiant.
Apart from just cleansing your face, a face wash also promotes blood circulation and exfoliates the skin by scrubbing off dead skin cells. The best time to use a face wash is once at night and once in the morning. Not only does this product make your pores squeaky clean, but it also gives your skin a chance to breathe.
If you’re new to skincare, this question has probably crossed your mind, ‘what’s the difference between cleanser and face wash?’ These two products have different names but do almost the same thing, right? Wrong! They are anything but similar. So how is a cleanser different from a face wash?
As mentioned above, cleansers are available in various textures. You get them in gel, foam, milky, cream, clay and more. The main job of a cleanser is to cleanse, hydrate the skin and calm inflamed skin. Cleansers do not create foam while face washes do. Cleansing feels more like a luxury treatment done at a spa, while face washes cleanse the skin sans the fluff.
Face washes tend to be a bit harsh on the skin, while cleansers are fairly gentle and mild. Face washes usually target oily and combination skin types, while cleansers are great for sensitive, normal and dry skin types. If you know your skin type, it becomes easier to choose a cleansing product for your skin. The targeted skin type is usually mentioned on the product’s packaging. If you have any doubts with regards to the ingredients in the product, read up on its reviews online and do a patch test before applying the product all over the skin.
It’s great to start your day with a face wash and then use a cleanser post-workout and before bedtime. One pump of face wash or cleanser is more than enough. Do not apply too much product on the skin as it will strip it from its natural oils. A little goes a long way with cleansers and face washes.
Face washes may be gentler than an ordinary bar of soap on the skin. However, cleansers are gentler than face washes. A face wash only focuses on deep cleansing the pores, while a cleanser cleanses the skin and hydrates and moisturises it at the same time.
Facial cleanser vs face wash - which is more harmful to the skin? Well, it depends on the ingredients in the product. If they contain alcohol, parabens, fragrances, synthetic colours in them, it’s bound to negatively impact your skin. You may experience a tingling sensation on the skin post-cleansing or notice dry patches or rashes on the skin. Hence, do a patch test before you use any skincare product.
Yes, you certainly can! You can either space them out and use the face wash in the morning and the cleanser at night or you can give double cleansing a shot! Double cleansing is a great option if your skin is prone to acne and gets oily quickly. Also, if you’re someone who wears heavy makeup, double cleansing helps to get rid of all the gunk and makeup residue on the skin. First, use a face wash and then a cleanser. Use a toner later to balance the pH of your skin and moisturise the skin after to nourish and hydrate it.
When shopping for the perfect face wash or cleanser product, look beyond pretty packaging. Keeping your skin type in mind, pay attention to the ingredients listed at the back of the product. Sometimes, even the best-looking skincare products can wreak havoc on the skin.
Grab a notebook and pen, will you?
Some toxic beauty ingredients used in the face wash are often used in a cleanser as well. Apart from the ingredients listed above, here are some more ingredients to avoid in facial cleansers.
Depending on your skin type, you need to make a choice whether you would like to invest in a face wash or cleanser. So face wash vs cleanser - which one to spend your moolah on? The cleanser keeps the pores squeaky clean and hydrated, while the face wash deep cleans the skin from all the gunk on its surface. If you like, you can use both these products together as well.
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