What Goes First? Cleanser or Facial Wash?

When it comes to skincare, there is a lot of confusion about what products should be used first. Should you start with a cleanser or facial wash? The answer depends on your skin type and the type of product you’re using. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the differences between cleansers and facial washes, when to use them, and how to choose the right one for your skin type.


Cleansers vs. Facial Washes

Cleansers and facial washes are designed to cleanse the skin but have different ingredients and serve different purposes. Cleansers are usually oil-based and contain surfactants that help break down dirt, makeup, and other impurities on the skin. They can also help remove excess oil without stripping away natural oils that keep your skin hydrated. Facial washes, on the other hand, are usually water-based and contain mild detergents that help remove dirt and makeup without stripping away natural oils. In my opinion, a nice natural mild soap with some exfoliating ingredients within will do the trick.  Take a look at our natural handmade soap

When to Use Cleansers vs. Facial Washes

Cleansers are best for removing makeup and other impurities from the skin before cleansing with a facial wash. Try our facial oil cleansers that are made from organic oils of sunflower, jojoba and castor.  If you wear heavy makeup or have oily skin, using a cleanser first will help remove all traces of makeup before you move onto a facial wash. For those with dry or sensitive skin types, using a gentle cleanser first can help remove impurities without stripping away natural oils from the skin.

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Facial washes should be used after cleansing with a cleanser to remove all traces of dirt and makeup from the skin. It’s important to choose a facial wash that is suitable for your skin type in order to avoid over-drying or irritating your skin. For those with oily or acne-prone skin types, look for facial washes that contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide as these ingredients can help reduce breakouts while still keeping your skin hydrated. But, as I said earlier, do try a natural handmade soap.  They're normally quite gentle on you skin and won't dry it out.


Choosing the Right Product for Your Skin Type

If you’re not sure which product is best for your skin type, it’s always best to consult with a dermatologist or skincare professional who can recommend products specifically tailored to your needs. They can also provide advice on how often you should be cleansing your face as well as tips on how to properly care for your specific skin type.


When it comes to choosing between cleansers and facial washes, it’s important to consider your individual needs in order to get the most out of each product. For those who wear heavy makeup or have oily/acne-prone skin types, using a cleanser first followed by a facial wash is recommended in order to ensure all traces of dirt and makeup are removed from the face before moisturizing with other products such as serums or creams. For those with dry or sensitive skins types, using a gentle cleanser followed by an appropriate facial wash will help keep their complexion hydrated while still removing any impurities from their face.

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