Experts say a good facial cleanser should rinse off easily without clogging
pores. It shouldn't irritate, burn or dry your skin, or leave a greasy residue
behind. Instead, a good cleanser should make your skin feel clean and remove
makeup without the need for scrubbing. Although cosmetics companies would
like you to believe that you have to pay more for quality skin care, experts
say that's not true. Reviews indicate that some brands are just as good
as those at the department store -- often containing the same or similar
Overall, experts say consumers with normal, oily or acne-prone skin should
look for basic water-soluble cleansers that remove all traces of dirt and
oil without stripping the skin of moisture. Dry and sensitive skin types
require formulas that use gentle detergents, such as cocamidopropyl
betaine, and emollient ingredients like glycerin, beta glucan and jojoba oil. Those who
prefer a natural option should look for organic ingredients and limited preservatives, with no parabens.
Cleansers that produce a lot of
lather are no more effective than those that don't. Furthermore,
ingredients included to produce lather can sometimes be irritants.