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The ultimate guide on face washes for all skin types

Ask us what bears the brunt of the pollution and the heat the most, and we’d say our skin. Extreme dryness, breakouts, dullness and loss of elasticity are some of the most common skin problems we deal with daily. Add to it stress, unhealthy eating patterns and hormonal issues, and you have skin that’s begging for attention. Hence, a good face wash is a great way to kick-start a reliable skincare routine.

A must-have in the grooming arsenal, a face wash tackles some of the basic skin care problems and makes for that essential first step in any skin care routine. And there are plenty of face washes for us to choose from, with something to suit every skin type.

The internet is flooded with face-wash wisdom and innumerable options for you to choose from; however, we know how taxing it might get for you to dive deep into the research required before picking the best one for yourself. Hence, to simplify things, we have curated this guide for you. No matter what your skin type and concerns are, this guide to all-things-face washes will be your holy grail.

How to choose the best face wash?

The key to choosing the best face wash for yourself lies in understanding your skin type and its concerns. Using a face wash that’s not meant for your skin can instead affect it negatively and worsen its issues. Below are a few tips to help you pick the right face wash.

  • Formula

There’s no such thing as one-size-fits-all in skincare. Hence, it is essential that you choose the formula of your face wash according to your skin type. For instance, if you have oily, acne-prone or even sensitive skin, mild gel-based cleansers should be your go-to. For someone with dry skin, creamy and moisturising formulas work the best. People with normal or combination skin type can opt for both creamy and foaming gel-based formulas.

  • Ingredients

Always look for ingredients in your face wash that suit your skin type. If you have oily skin that’s prone to acne, face wash consisting of tea tree oil, clay, niacinamide, BHAs like salicylic acid and aloe vera works the best as they help in decongesting the pores and preventing acne.

If you have dry skin, opt for a gentle cleanser that has hydrating components like aloe vera, vitamin E, ceramides, honey, milk, jojoba oil, lanolin and hyaluronic acid as they cleanse the skin’s surface while retaining moisture. People with combination and sensitive skin types should choose a face wash that’s hypoallergenic, is ultra-mild and does not contain harsh chemicals.

  • What to avoid

Try avoiding face washes formulated with parabens, sulphates, alcohol and artificial fragrances as they tend to irritate the skin especially, if you have highly inflamed, sensitive or acne-prone skin.
The only guide on face washes for every skin type that you will need

The only guide on face washes for every skin type that you will need

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