I love cleansing my face. It’s the most effective wake-me-up, and by the end of the day my skin is itching for a proper lather of face wash after hours of wearing makeup.
There have been times, however, when a face wash has left my skin feeling utterly stripped of moisture and natural oils. That led me to ask, is my face wash ruining my skin, leaving it dry and damaged? Bombarded with so many options on the shelves, I generally pick and choose any old face wash from Clicks. This is evidently not ideal and I’ve become determined to find the best face wash for my skin.
So where do I even begin to find a face wash that works? A bit of research is always a good starting point.
Getting to know my skin
When choosing the right cleanser for our skin, we need to know our skin type. Well, that certainly makes sense to me. My skin tends to dry easily, (especially during our crisp dry winters), but also sometimes gets that excess oil build-up on my T-zone (on those melting hot summer days). So I’m thinking I have a combination skin type.
I have also noticed that my skin is also quite sensitive in nature, and is easily irritated, especially when I use a face wash that is too harsh. I need gentle cleanser that removes oil and dirt without stripping away natural oils in my skin, keeping it soft and hydrated. For those with dry skin, a creamy cleanser is your best bet, as they are generally gentler and more hydrating. Foaming cleaners are your go-to option if you have oily skin as they are formulated to get rid of excess sebum.
What’s in the magic potion?
The internet is full of good advice on the best ingredients to look for. There’s allantoin, which is hydrating and soothing. And then there’s the famous hyaluronic acid, which retains water in the skin, keeping it nice and plump. We must not forget about the exfoliator glycolic acid, which is highly effective at removing dead skin that can clog pores. Or Aloe (I see this a lot in pharmacy face washes), which is supposed to be remarkably soothing and moisturising, with anti-aging properties.
In the end, however, it comes down to finding a formulation that suits my unique skin type.
Tried and tested
My next step was to try out different face washes I found not only appealing but would actually help my skin. Here are a few of my favourites:
Dr Gobac Wash TX
R220 for 50ml, drgobac.com
A gentle foaming gel with anti-inflammatory properties, Dr Gobac Wash TX was wonderfully soothing. I particularly I loved the light and smooth consistency of the copper-coloured gel, which was easy to massage over my damp face.
Containing natural antibiotics, Dr Gobac Wash TX has antibacterial properties, so I knew that it would get the job done and clean my face properly. I must say, my face did feel remarkably fresh and clean afterwards; best of all, it felt beautifully soft and supple to the touch, probably thanks to the fact that it’s packed with moisturising and hydrating goodies such as oat amino acids.
Pradiance Natural Organic Face Wash
R220 for 100ml, pradiance.co.za
With the healing power of the Kigelia Africana Fruit Extract, Pradiance Face Wash is all natural, organic and free from harsh chemicals. Kigalia is said to have amazing anti-aging properties, plumping out those fine lines and enhancing the skin’s youthful radiance. As I am now at the age where I am taking extra anti-aging measures, this was particularly appealing.
Suitable for all skin types and tones, this face wash was also a good option for my combination skin. With a gorgeous fresh and fruity scent, massaging this soft light-golden cream cleanser over my damp face was a sensational experience. Gentle to my skin, I was able to remove traces of makeup from my face with no tight after-feeling – my skin felt fresh, cared-for and had a glowing finish.
Bioderma Mild Cleansing Gel
R222 for 200ml, dermastore.co.za
For my sensitive skin, Bioderma Mild Cleansing Gel was my go-to option. A soothing mild gel enriched with nourishing active ingredients such as Glycéryl Oléate, this cleanser has a balanced pH and with restoring lipids and is formulated to moisturise and hydrate the skin. I loved the feel of the light liquid gel that easily built up to a nice foam. Rinsing my face was an absolute breeze and my face felt wonderfully clean, refreshed and soft to the touch.
Eucerin Cleansing Gel
For the love of effective simplicity, Eucerin Cleansing Gel (R242 for 200ml, clicks.co.za) knows how it’s done. A plain, fragrance-free, soap-free formula, I found this cleansing gel perfectly balanced – gentle to the skin, yet highly effective. The soft gel-like consistency felt deliciously soft and cool against my face and I could easily work up a proper foam, washing away traces of makeup and dirt, leaving my face feeling renewed and radiant.
All in all my process of choosing the right face wash for my skin was a success and I feel confident that I can now clean my face properly, improving the health of my skin rather than causing more damage.
Which face wash works for you? I’d like to know. Feel free to share in the comment section below.