Using the best face wash for your skin type will give you a head start when it comes to tackling any concerns. Whether you need hydration and nourishment, something that will polish your skin and minimise pores or a product that will brighten and even out its tone, choosing wisely will pay dividends.
Gone are the days of splashing a bit of water about after you have brushed your teeth. If you are serious about skin care – and especially if you want to maintain an effective anti-ageing regime – starting and ending the day right is vital. As well as ensuring your face is spotlessly clean, you will keep problems under control and create the right base for other products. A good facial wash will complement everything from serums to moisturising creams and provide a smooth, clear surface for makeup.
Ultimately, you will have to consider not just what your skin needs but your budget too. Based on our experience, we’ve put together a guide to help you make an informed choice. Below you will discover products to suit distinct skin care demands in a range of price brackets.
Exfoliating Face Wash
Blast away dead skin cells and impurities by regularly exfoliating your face. Never use too much pressure. Work the product into wet or damp skin with gentle, circular movements. Remove all traces of the face wash with a moistened cloth or clean water. Pat dry.
A good exfoliating cleanser will brighten the skin, tighten pores and help to diminish minor imperfections such as acne scars. We recommend you exfoliate your face twice a week, although gentle products can be used daily.
Exfoliating face wash options include:
Vasanti Brighten Up! (pictured above) from the ‘clean’ Canadian brand. This product currently retails from £7 to £31. Note: A small amount goes a long way.
Super Facialist Vitamin C Gentle Daily Micro Polish Wash. This product is kind to the skin but will even the skin tone and give the surface a ‘polished’ finish. It is currently available for £6.66.
Procoal London Activated Charcoal Exfoliating Face Scrub. This wash detoxifies the skin as it exfoliates. It also restores the skin’s natural hydration balance. It’s made in the UK and currently retails from £6.79 to £7.99.
Clean & Clear Morning Energy Facial Scrub. As it’s name suggests, this face wash is refreshing. It’s inexpensive too at under £3. The scrub is infused with papaya and lemon extracts and has ‘bursting’ exfoliation beads.
Hydrating Face Wash
Dry, mature skin needs a little extra help to maintain moisture during the day. The foaming or creamy hydrating face wash is a great choice for those who need that added support. For best results, choose a product that will carry on hydrating from dawn to dusk. It’s easy to incorporate this type of product into a routine.
This breed of cleanser will refresh the skin in much the same way as a high quality soap, although without any harsh additives and with that all important hydration.
Hydrating face wash options:
Neutrogena Hydro Boost® Water Gel Cleanser. This face wash locks in hydration, replenishing the skin through the day. It benefits from a formula that offers bespoke results, meaning hydration is delivered as and when you need it. The gel includes purified hyaluronic acid and has a plumping effect on skin. Currently priced £5.53. Click the image above for more information.
Herbal Essentials Hydrating Foaming Face Wash with Ginger and White Lily Extracts. This award-winning mousse increases hydration by 113% in clinical trials. It is manufactured from 97 per cent natural ingredients and retails at £14.
CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser. A gentle gel wash, it does not foam and cleans the skin without leaving it feeling taut. Ingredients include hyaluronic acid. It’s popular and available in a range of sizes. Priced from £7.11 to £47.25.
SKINKISSED Hydrating Aloe Vera Facial Cleanser. The anti-ageing, foaming face wash includes moisturising aloe vera. It targets fine lines and wrinkles while deeply cleansing the skin. Current price: £19.95.
Nourishing Face Wash
Feed your face with nourishing ingredients while you wash. A nourishing face wash will offer nutrient-rich benefits that will help to improve the overall condition of the skin. Detoxifying, calming and purifying, they are likely to include essential oils or extracts of beneficial plants.
This is likely to be the best face wash type if your skin needs replenishing.
Nourishing face wash options:
Paula’s Choice Calm Nourishing Gel Cleanser. This morning and evening face wash is specifically designed for sensitive or red skin. As well as removing excess oil it will take away any trace of makeup. This product is infused with allantoin and aloe vera and is recommended for oily to combination skin types. Current price: £22.
Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Nourishing Daily Facial Cleanser. Used by those with even sensitive skin, this anti-ageing face wash is a powerful antioxidant. Ingredients include blackberry extract. It will leave your skin leaving clean, smooth and nourished. It retails at £6.84.
Elemis Superfood CICA Calm Cleansing Foam. This balancing product should be used on damp skin and uses micellar technology. We recommend this cleanser if you suffer from red, dehydrated skin or want to reduce the appearance of large pores. Price: £25.
Alba Botanica Hawaiian Nourishing Face Wash. This product contains coconut milk and pore minimising ingredients. Includes papaya enzymes and ginger. Price: £10.18.
**All prices correct at the time of publishing but subject to change.
We hope this brief guide will help you find the best face wash for your skin.
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