How to Choose Your Facial Cleanser

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We prefer to spend our money on what's inside the pot. Our facial cleansers are handmade with fresh, effective ingredients to suit a wide range of skin needs. After all, it's your skin—and only you know how you like it to look and feel. To get you started, we’ve got a few handy tips to help you find the best cleanser for your skin.

1. Define your skin’s needs

How would you describe your skin to another person? Forget trying to categorize yourself into “combination” or “Skin Type B” – your skin has needs that are as varied and unique as you are. It’s important to define exactly what your skin needs before choosing a cleanser. If it’s oily in your t-zone and dry in other places, you could call it combination, but what it really needs is balance. Choosing a cleanser with balancing ingredients, like lavender or honey, will help ensure your skin gets what it needs.

2. Consider your current routine

We won’t tell you what to do, but we know that everyone has a daily ritual when it comes to their face. You’ve already chosen a routine that works well for you, and it’s usually determined by your skin needs and lifestyle. If you travel frequently, you might look for a solid option like Fresh Farmacy or Coal Face. Or maybe you’re someone who makes time to treat yourself by indulging in Mask of Magnaminty. Either way, when and how often you use a cleanser will help narrow down which one to use.

3. Notice how your skin feels after washing

So you’re using a foaming cleanser because it satisfies your need to wash away the day, but how does your face feel afterwards? Comfortable or too tight? This rebound effect is an indicator that your cleanser isn’t working for you. Your cleanser shouldn’t create another skincare issue to deal with and the type of reaction your skin is having to your current cleanser can help you choose something better suited to your needs.

4. Decide what you want your cleanser to do

This is an important step. If you’re looking for a good scrub, you could consider an exfoliating cleanser like Ocean Salt Face And Body Scrub or Let the Good Times Roll Face And Body Cleanser. If makeup removal is your number one priority, reach for our cult classic Ultrabland. Or maybe you want a gentle, daily cleanser to keep your face balanced and smooth—enter Angels on Bare Skin, a balancing cleanser that also calms and soothes. We can’t stress it enough: pick a cleanser based on its effects, not one that limits you to a specific skin type.

5. Finally, how do you want your skin to look and feel?

When all is said and done, everyone wants to be happy with what they see in the mirror. We believe that healthy skin is beautiful skin – but you probably have a more specific idea of what that means for you. Glowing, fresh, balanced, matte, soft...the list goes on! There’s no wrong answer here and we create cleansers that will help give you the best possible version of your skin.

Ready to explore? Check out our entire range of cleansers. We also offer personal skincare consultations in all of our shops! Pop into your local Lush to chat with one of our knowledgeable sales associates about which cleanser might be right for you. Don’t live near a store? Call our customer care team at 1-888-733-5874.

In the greater world of cosmetics, most companies focus on elaborate packaging or marketing to skin types—instead of their ingredients.
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