Updated: May 24, 2020

There is nothing better than having fresh clean skin especially after a long day. Removing any trace of sweat, dirt, grime and makeup allowing your skin to breathe, repair and renew. The most important step in any skincare routine is cleansing your skin so you have a fresh, clean base before applying any products or treatments. This allows them to penetrate your skin more deeply and preform to their full potential and you get the most out of your products.

With so many different cleansing options available, it is hard to figure out exactly what ones are the best for your skin and are beneficial to your skin goals. It can be very overwhelming with all the different advertisements and social media posts, knowing the difference between each cleanser can make it a lot easier in choosing the right one or two. It is very important to double cleanse!

Once to remove any sweat, dirt, grime and makeup then the second one makes sure you have a clean base but also each cleanser has different benefits that gives you the first building steps to a successful routine.


Micellar water first originated in France. Micellar water feature "micelles" which are tiny oil molecules suspended in soft water. This product is designed to attract oil, dirt and makeup from the surface of the skin that is then wiped off with a cotton round. This is also a great first cleanser, micellar water doesn't always remove everything but removes most of the surface dirt, grime and makeup prepping your skin for the second cleanse. It is also good if you're in a time pinch and need a quick cleanse rather than using makeup wipes.

Ideal for: most skin types, including sensitive


Cream cleansers have a creamy texture; they can be thinner (milky) or thicker (cream) in consistency depending if they are designed for dry or super dry (crapy or scaly) skin. It contains more moisturising ingredients like oils or butters which are more gentle on the skin while cleansing and don't strip the skin of its natural oils.

Ideal for: Dry, Dehydrated, Mature, Sensitive skin


Gel cleansers are usually clear and like the name suggest they have a gel-like consistency. Designed to give the skin a deep cleanse; decongesting clogged pores, removing excess oil and killing acne-causing bacteria. Most gel cleansers have antibacterial, antiseptic and exfoliating properties making them ideal for congested, oily or combination skin.

Ideal for: Combination, Oily, Congested skin


Foam cleansers are foamy, lightweight cleanser that can either be a watery consistency in a foaming pump or a cream or gel that once massaged into the skin with water activates into a rich, foamy lather. This type of cleanser is similar to the gel cleanser and have the same properties, it really is just a different texture and feel on the skin and depends of the persons personal preference to the different textures.

Ideal for: Combination, Oily, Congested skin


Cleansing your skin with an oil or balm cleanser can sound a bit wired or scary especially in you have oily skin as it may sound like a recipe for breakouts. But if used and removed correctly it can be a very beneficial to congested skins; softening and removing pore-clogging debris without drying out your skin. It is perfect for removing waterproof or long-wear makeup and great for a first cleanse.

Ideal for: most skin types, including sensitive

If you have any more questions or what help deciding what may be best for your skin, you are welcome to leave me a comment or contact me on my Instagram @alibrille.

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