The 7 most recommended types of Skincare Face Wash Cleansers

With so many skin care face washes available, it can be overwhelming to choose the right one. We have broken it down to make your selection an informed decision.
The 7 most recommended types of Skincare Face Wash Cleansers-27Pinkx

Soap bars can clean your skin, there’s no doubt, that’s what we’ve all been using since we were little kids. Some soaps are too harsh and dry out your skin, whereas others only clean the top layer of your skin, and impurities remain below the top layer of skin, and that can cause whiteheads, blackheads and other skin problems. Facial cleansers and skincare facewash are specially formulated to clean our skin not only on the surface, but more importantly, below the surface level, and opens up your pores from oily blockages.

Skincare facewash and cleansers are designed and formulated to remove excess oils, makeup, dirt and dead skin cells and sweat. And also aids in unclogging pores and to exfoliate your skin.

What is your skin asking for

You can’t just purchase any face wash or face cleanser that’s on Sale. That will not give you the aesthetic goal that you are trying to achieve by purchasing a skin care face wash in the first place. It is very important to know what type of face wash you will need based on each texture’s properties and what are the advantages and disadvantages of each texture, and what it will do for you, based on your skin type.

With so many different textures to choose from, it might seem like a daunting task but this guide will help steer you in the direction to make an informed decision and a valuable purchase.

Types of Skincare face wash

Here are the 7 most recommended types of skincare face wash for face cleansing :

  • Foam
  • Gel
  • Creams & Lotions
  • Oils
  • Clay based
  • Micellar Water
  • Wipes

Foam face wash cleansers

Ok, let’s get started with the serious stuff now. What is foam face wash for skin care ?
It’s a foam, yes, but it turns into foam only after it’s mixed with water. It is lightweight, and also very light in terms of no harsh chemicals.

Applying foam is easy. Once you have it in your palm, apply it all over your face, and it gets to work. It feels soft but it does go deep into your pores, and breaks down dirt, excess oils and sebum. Another advantage of the foam is that it doesn’t block pores, just cleans them, so all good there.

Rub it in gently in a circular motion for between 30 seconds and 90 seconds to let it go about its cleansing, and rinse off with lukewarm water, avoid hot water as it tends to dry the skin, and dab off the water with a soft clean towel, rubbing or wiping it off is not recommended as it can be abrasive and removes the natural oil that the skin needs.

Foam is a face wash for acne-prone and oily skin because it really doesn’t like oil, and is good for whiteheads and blackheads treatment. And, as mentioned before, it’s light and soft, so it can also be used for sensitive skin, but it might not be an option for dry skin.

Matis Authentik Cleans…
Congestion, Large Pores


Filorga Foam Cleanser


Pharmaceris N-Puri-Cap…


Gel face wash

A gel is not as thick as a foam, it’s more like a thick lather from soap, very similar in texture to hair gel. Gel face wash is not as intense as foam, but it does serve its purpose of ridding the skin of excess oils, dust and effects of pollution. It’s not a weak cleanser or face wash, it just doesn’t go very deep into your skin and pores as foam does, that could be an advantage or disadvantage, depending on your skin type.

Application of gel is like washing your face with a soap bar. Wipe it all over your face, making sure you don’t miss a spot. You get better results when you gently rub it in, in a circular motion, don’t scrub or use your fingernails, just your fingers.

Rinse it off after 30 to 90 seconds with lukewarm water, and make sure you rinse all of it off, and pat dry with a soft clean towel. Don’t use tissue paper as it can leave tiny pieces of debris and that can irritate your skin and pores.

Because the gel is water based, it provides hydration, and is therefore suitable for dry skin, but not just limited to dry skin. It also plays its part in removing excess oil, so oily skin and acne-prone skin are also candidates for gel face wash. And remember that gel does not penetrate very deep into the skin and pores, so it is also suitable for sensitive skin. If you do have sensitive skin, it’s always better to test the product on a small part of your face and see if you get a reaction after, like redness or an itching or burning sensation. If not, you’re sorted.

Creams & Lotions for skin

Creams and Lotions seem like they’ve been around forever, and that shows how versatile a product they can be. Everyone knows about creams and lotions, but don’t let your kids get hold of it when you are not around, they will make a big mess.

Application of these are not rocket science, put enough into your palm to cover your face and gently massage it, gently moving in a circular motion, from the middle of your cheek, going outwards, making sure you don’t leave any spots or spaces uncovered. Do that for about a minute.

When the 1 minute duration is over, you can either rinse it off with water, not aggressively, gently so that a little remains as a moisturizer. You must be able to feel that it’s there, but not see it. The other option people have a liking to, is to wipe the excess off with a soft tissue, soft cloth, or a soft towel. Also, don’t scrub your skin because scrubbing irritates the skin, and make sure that if you use a towel, it has to also be clean.

Creams and lotions are as you guessed, primarily for dry skin, and also for sensitive skin and also eczema-prone skin. There won’t be a problem if used on normal type skin too as they are formulated to hydrate and nourish all types of skin. Most products are infused with emollients which are very good for skin care hydration, while doing all the cleansing functions of removing makeup, dirt, sweat and excess oils on and below the skin.
Try to avoid lotions or creams that contain alcohol, it will dry your skin and cause irritation.

While we are discussing lotions for face wash and skin care, we have to also mention Milky lotion cleansers. This is often recommended for more sensitive and acne-prone skin. It’s less likely to irritate your skin but still powerful enough to clean. Milky cleansers are formulated using emollient-rich ingredients and help remove dirt, makeup, and excess oils and our friend, makeup.

Oils and Balms for your face

Balms are similar to creams but much thicker, think of a Lip Balm kind of consistency but that you can apply by hand. Balms contain oils and we have categorised them together with oils as their purpose and action of both are the same.

Balms have to be taken out by your finger and can be rubbed gently directly to your face. Some people find it easier to put into their palms and rub them together, then apply by full palms across the face and by fingers across their forehead. Different strokes for different folks, not really a right or wrong way, more of a personal preference. Oils are applied in a similar way, but ensure that you treat the oils more carefully and don’t use too much at a time as you don’t want any to spill or waste any.

Whether you use an oil or a balm, both have to be given around a minute to get to work. You understand that oils tend to bind together and this action extracts excess oils from below the skin and pores and also clears up unwanted dirt and make-up or sunscreen from the skin. Rinse off with warm water. If you find that your skin still feels too oily, you can wipe off with a clean, soft cloth. As they are oil based, there will be a layer on the skin so try not to wipe too hard or abrasively.

Balms especially are suitable for mature skin that loses its elasticity as time goes by. Balms and oils are suitable for dry skin or sensitive skin, and rosacea-prone skin. Ensure that the oil you use should be non-comedogenic, which means that it will not block up pores which results in whiteheads or blackheads.

Clay based facewash cleansers

The consistency of clay based skin care products cannot be confused with any of the other types of face wash as clay is as it says, clay. It has to be left on for a while to get it to do the deep cleansing.

Clay has to be applied onto your face by hand and washed in with water, and left in to deal with acne and very oily skin. For this type of product, you have to read the instructions for the minimum and maximum suggested times required to leave it on. It could range from 3 minutes minimum to a maximum of an hour, depending on how the active ingredients work. If you don’t give it enough time, it might not be able to really get to work and conversely, if you leave it on for too long, it might dry out your skin and cause irritation.

Clay based cleansers can be washed off with lukewarm water. You can use this skin care routine between 1 and 3 times a week. We suggest you try it twice a week at first, for a left-in duration recommended by the manufacturer. If your skin is too dry, either cut it down to once a week, or minimise the leave-in period

As you have probably gathered by now, the clay type form of face wash for acne-prone and very oily skin types. It is not recommended for dry and normal skin types, unless specified so in the usage guide.

Micellar Water

Avène – Cleanance Mice…
Acne, Aging Skin, Congestion


Avène – Micellar Lotio…
Brightening, Congestion


Filorga Anti Ageing Mi…
Aging Skin


Svr Physiopure Eau Mic…
Sensitive Skin


Fillmed Skin Perfusion…
Acne, Aging Skin, Brightening, Congestion


Pharmaceris T-Sebo Mic…


We first start describing a product by its feel and texture, sorry to disappoint you on this one, its just water, but it has some magical properties for your skin. Micelles are compounds that are suspended in the water and it absorbs dirt and oils from the skin. Most brands add in ingredients with gentle hydrating benefits to the formula.

Although it is a water, splashing it on will not give the desired results, the preferred method is to soak a cotton pad into the micellar water and wipe away the visible makeup, impurities and oils from your skin and pores, no need to rinse off after. For heavy makeup, Micellar water can be used in conjunction with a makeup wipe for better results.

Make sure you cover every part of your face and forehead, and don’t reuse the cotton pads. Micellar water has a hydrating effect which is good for your skin, and also mild enough to not remove beneficial natural oils from the top level of skin.

Micellar water is quite a versatile and dynamic skin care product. It works very well for normal and dry skin, as well as sensitive skin or conditions like rosacea. It is portable, carry it in your bag and use it anywhere as it doesn’t need water to be rinsed off, just wipe and go, the perfect travel companion. It’s free of skin irritants like alcohol that dries up the skin, cleanses the face and hydrates it. A multipurpose face wash and skin care product.

Face Wipes

Face wipes are not considered to be a primary face wash or skincare product by many but it does have its benefits. Each wipe consists of water, moisturizing and cleansing agents. Wipes are quite soft and gentle to avoid scratching and irritating the skin.

Application method is in the title itself, simply wipe your face. Especially when you are in a hurry and have lots to do, or the other times when you can admit to only yourself, a bit lazy. Wipe and throw away, easy. Try wiping from the forehead, down the cheeks, and leave the nose for last. Never re-use your face wipes.

Wipes can be used to remove the stubborn, hard-to-remove makeup and please don’t scrub your face, that’s a no-no. A wipe can help you to remove makeup, sweat and dirt gently without causing exfoliating-like scratches to the deeper skin layers. And another reason to use wipes is, you guessed it, convenience. When not at home for work or holiday, being out and about does have its challenges, and a good face wipe product can really be a blessing. Some say it should not be used every day but the period of time will depend on your skin and how it feels after. If it feels dry, itchy and you notice some breakouts, you know that you are using it too often.

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Dry Skin, Sensitive Skin


Zo Skin Health Gentle …
Sensitive Skin


Zo Skin Health Exfolia…


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Perfect your own product lineup

It is important to start with the products that are recommended for your skin type, but getting the ultimate product for you the first time is never possible. There are many quality brands of skincare products available at 27pinkx and each product from each brand is not the same. Start off with your initial choice of products as advised by this guide and if you feel that a particular product is not perfect, make a change and you will reach your personal and your skin’s favourite