Selecting Facial Cleanser via Ingredients
Although reading the ingredient lists on cosmetic labels needs knowledge of chemical names and more, one can still use the ingredient list to help select the right cleanser. Thanks to the internet, simply typing in the names of chemicals along with some relevant keywords can provide you with enough information to choose a product.
However, before jumping into this exhausting journey, you should start with something more simple. If you want to expose your skin to fewer chemicals, then selecting a product with fewer than 10 ingredients should suit you well. With less than 10 ingredients, the task of looking them up would not be too hard.
The rule of labeling is that ingredients are listed in descending order of weight. This means that the first one on the list is the most abundant chemical in your product. Preservatives should come at the very end, if you do not want to disturb your skin microbiome too much.
Examples of keywords that you can use with each ingredient search include safety, cosmetics, skin, irritation.
Selecting Facial Cleanser via Use-Test
If reading the ingredient list is too much for you, you can try the following strategy for selecting your favorite cleanser.
If the cleanser does not wash away the natural lipids that glue together your skin barrier, your skin will not experience dryness or tightness even after a 15 minute waiting period. In contrast, if the cleanser washes some of the natural lipids in your skin barrier away, making your skin barrier unsealed, moisture in the skin will be reduced during the 15 minute waiting period, and you should be able to feel the dryness or tightness.
We know that some of your products are not cheap, but using inappropriate products can trigger skin problems that will cost you more money in the future. You can use the hash facial cleanser as a hand wash.
Selecting cleanser to remove water-proof makeups
If you use foundation or water-resistant makeup, do not use a water-base cleanser (such as facial cleansing gel or foam) to clean them directly. Water-base cleansers with such an ability will have to contain strong surfactants! Such cleansers will be strong enough to wash away natural lipids in your skin barrier. Instead, you should start with an oil-based makeup remover. The oil-based makeup remover can dissolve your water-resistant makeup. Wipe gently with a cotton pad. Repeat with gentle action for 2-3 times before washing your face with your favorite water-based facial cleanser.
Nevertheless, if you have only some sunblock and loose powder on your face, you can use a water-based cleanser right away. Just keep in mind that face washing should be quick during cleanser lathering, and final rinsing should be done generously. Twice washing is better than one wash with a lot of cleanser. Cleanser should be diluted with some water in your hand before being applied to your face.