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Everything You Need to Know About Cleansers

Cleansers. A basic part of the skincare routine, often overlooked but oh-so important. When looking into cleansers, you may be wondering which cleanser is the best for your skin type, how many cleansers you need in your morning and evening routine, or even whether you need an oil, cream, foam, to name a few! Take a scroll and discover our top cleansers, who they may be appropriate for, their key ingredients and when best to use them.

Our favourite cleansers

Why should you cleanse?

As you go about your hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s inevitable that your face builds up with dirt, oil and other debris throughout the day. Cleansers will remove this build up and get rid of the bacteria, pollutants, as well as dead skin cells to reveal fresh, clean skin.

How many times do you need to cleanse?

The million dollar question! Ideally 3 times in total. Once in the morning to remove the grime, oil and sweat from your beauty sleep, this tends to be a gentle water-based cleanser such as a milk or cream cleanser. In the evening before bed, you should double-cleanse. The first cleanse should be oil-based to break down any makeup, SPF (because you wear that everyday don’t you…) and built up dirt and bacteria throughout the day, followed by a water-based cleanser like a gel, foam or cream.

What are the best cleansers?

We’ve gone full monty to really break down (pardon the pun) the benefits of each cleanser and who they’re ideal for, keep reading for our favourites.

Medik8 Cream Cleanse

What it’s good for: For a gorgeously rich and silky smooth cream cleanser, this is your go-to. Infused with shea-butter, this cream cleanser will glide effortlessly across your skin and make removal fuss-free.

Who it’s suitable for: Perfect for those who suffer from dry skin due to it’s nourishing qualities. Similarly, the gentle formula is ideal for those who tend to have sensitive skin. You can’t go wrong with this one!

When to use: In the evening as a first cleanse to break down tougher grime, SPF and makeup.

Key ingredients: Natural Shea Butter, Plant Saponins, Natural Glycerin, Organic Sweet Orange Oil.

Medik8 Gentle Cleanse

What it’s good for: Cleansing without wreaking havoc on those with sensitive skin - ideal for the most sensitive skins. Infused with the gentle benefits of rosemary for a refreshing, light and foamy cleanse.

Who it’s suitable for: Those with extremely sensitive skin or oily skin, Gentle Cleanse is a foam cleanser which contains the friendliest ingredients that will leaving your skin sparkly clean, without causing irritation.

When to use: Gentle Cleanse can be used as a morning cleanser, as well as the second cleanse in your evening skincare routine due to it’s water-based foam properties.

Key ingredients:

Rosemary Leaf Oil & Glycerin.

Medik8 Lipid-Balance Cleansing Oil

What it’s good for: A good all-rounder, the perfect cleanser using anti-pollution technology for removal of tough makeup, sunscreen and other daily congestants, resulting in baby-smooth skin.

Who it’s suitable for: Love a daily high-quality SPF? Tend to wear makeup most days? This one's for you. This oil-based cleanser is a great addition to everyone's skin regime, regardless of skin type. It melts anything in it's way and will leave your skin feel supple, not tight. This is one to be loved, not feared.

When to use: Due to the oil base, use as the first step in your evening skincare routine to allow deep cleanse and removal of heavy makeup and residue of your hectic day.

Key ingredients: Safflower Oil, Omega-6, Vitamin E and Moringa Extract.

Medik8 Surface Radiance Cleanse

What it’s good for: The dynamic duo of AHAs and BHAs exfoliate to leave the skin feeling vibrant, refreshed and glowing, in turn, minimising the visible signs of ageing. The berry extracts work as a fantastic anti-oxidant, revealing a smoother complexion.

Who it’s suitable for: Recommended for all skin types, although ideal for those who are conscious of the signs of ageing and love products that awaken their skin ready for the day ahead.

When to use: This gel cleanser can be used as a morning cleanser to prep your skin ready for your day's activities, or as a first step in your evening skincare routine.

Key ingredients: L-Mandelic Acid (AHA), L-Lactic Acid (AHA), Salicylic Acid (BHA), Mangosteen Peel Extract & Glycerin.

Medik8 Calmwise Soothing Cleanser

What it’s good for: This foam-based cleanser is great for calming inflamed skin, reducing redness and improving skin tone with sustained use.

Who it’s suitable for: Tend to suffer from sensitive skin? Had a recent skin treatment? Medik8's Calmwise has it's name for a reason. The anti-inflammatory ingredients will nourish and calm your skin. Get rid of the redness and prevent further sensitisation by using this ultra-sensitive cleanser without compromising skin hydration.

When to use: Use as a morning cleanser or the second cleanse in your evening ritual. Ensure you are using frequently to benefit from improved skin tone.

Key ingredients: Chlorophyll, Vitamin K2, Teprenone, Glycerin.

Whether you have dry, sensitive or combination skin, you can see there is something for everyone. Our takeaway points: single cleanse in the morning with a water-based cleanser, double-cleanse in the evening starting with an oil-based cleanser, followed by a water-based cleanser for optimal results. Lastly, be as consistent as possible, your skin will thank you!

Still unsure which cleanser is the best for your skin type? Contact us for a free skin consultation now where we can discuss all your skincare concerns and recommend the most appropriate products.

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