JUN 05, 2022
If you don't know: there's a big difference between the face wash and the face cleanser you use daily. While you may have thought the difference between a cleanser and face wash was just a name preference for the brand, it's a lot more complex.Here's what you need to know about cleansers vs. face washes and how they affect your skin type:
What is the difference between a face wash and a cleanser?
On the other hand, a face wash is typically a foaming formula with vital ingredients to help deep clean your face and wash off dead skin. This formula digs deeper into the pores and is designed to cut through and eliminate excess oil. Face washes are usually water-based and have a more latherable or foamy consistency.
What are the reasons to use a cleanser?
What are the reasons to use a face wash?
What does a face cleanser do?
What does a face wash do?
Should I use a face cleanser or face wash for my skin type?
Because face washes tend to contain strong ingredients, it's always a good idea to give them a test before using them consistently to see how your skin reacts.
How do the ingredients differ between cleansers and face washes?
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS): Is a cleansing agent that encourages a deep clean. This core ingredient provides a rich lather and can help fight bacteria, acts as a makeup remover, and cuts through face oil. SLS has a higher risk of irritation, especially for individuals with sensitive skin types. If using a product containing SLS, be sure to incorporate an essential moisturizer into your post-cleansing routine.
- Alcohols: Many face washes use alcohol as a base ingredient to help other ingredients penetrate deep into the skin barrier. However, this can damage the skin's natural barrier and lead to accelerated skin aging.
- Ceramides: are considered a lipid and act as a protective barrier over the skin. They help lock in moisture and keep the skin hydrated.
- Vitamin C: is an antioxidant with skin brightening properties. It can help stabilize free radicals and keep your skin protected from outside factors.
- Glycerin: is a humectant. It helps draw moisture deep into the skin and keeps your skin from easily drying out. Using a cleanser can help prevent skin irritation, maintain the skin barrier, and keep your skin hydrated.
Why do face washes lather better?
Most ingredient labels list sulfates as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES). These ingredients can remove too much oil from the skin and strip the skin's protective barrier when used regularly.
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- Face washes contain stronger ingredients that are more suited for individuals with acne-prone or oily skin and not recommended for sensitive to normal skin.
- Face cleansers tend to be composed of more mild formulas with hydrating properties that help moisturize and soothe the skin. Face cleansers also have less of a tendency to disrupt the skin's microbiome, sebum balance, and barrier function.
- Some ingredients to stay away from include: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), Alcohol, and other sulfates.