Choose Your Cleanser Wisely
The first step to achieving clean, dewy skin is finding the right cleanser (and yes, you do need to use something besides just water). Your cleanser doesn't need to be expensive, but it does need to be gentle and preferably non-foaming. "The majority of body soaps and liquid soaps are very drying on the skin. The face needs something that's less drying and more gentle," King says.
The type of cleanser that is best for you depends on your skin type. "Oily skin tends to do better with a gel wash, which helps dissolve oil, makeup, and sunscreen," says Jessica Wu, MD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at USC Medical School and a dermatologist in Los Angeles. Try Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash ($6.89). "If you have normal skin, use a foaming lotion cleanser; if your skin is dry or sensitive try a gentle creamy cleanser," she says. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser ($11.49) is a dermatologist favorite.
"When it comes to cleanser, less is more," says Filomena Scola, MD, a Philadelphia-based dermatologist. "The general rule when picking a cleanser is 'the gentler, the better.' If you have sensitive skin, be a label reader, as you could react to different formaldehydes, preservatives, lanolin, or fragrance in a product."
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