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How to choose the best cleanser for your skin

Image: @yearnskin (Keneilwe Mothoa)
Image: @yearnskin (Keneilwe Mothoa)

Cleansing your skin is a vital step to include in your skincare routine. Here are three ways to identify the right cleanser for your skin type.

We spend a lot of time researching which moisturiser, eye cream or anti-ageing serum we should use on our skin but often neglect putting in the same amount of effort when choosing a cleanser.

According to aesthetic medicine specialist and owner of SkinMiles, Dr Alek Nikolic, the best way to gauge the benefits of a cleanser is to look at the three R’s which include, remove, replenish and rejuvenate. Below, Dr Nikolic shares a few tips to help you choose the best skin cleanser for your skin type.


Throughout the day and as we sleep our skin tends to collect dirt, bacteria, environmental pollutants, and even dead skin cells that are constantly being shed. These, over time, lead to changing our natural pH balance, clogging up pores, increasing sebum production and leading to a sallow skin complexion. Using a facial cleanser twice daily will help to remove dirt, excess sebum, unwanted dead skin cells, and provide a degree of protection against free radical damage.


When we use the correct facial cleanser for our skin types we will actually reap the benefit of increased skin hydration. Cleansers will normalise our pH levels which in turn maintains the health of the vital outer skin barrier. The skin barrier is the important outer skin mantle that regulates moisture intake and helps to prevent its loss. In turn, this will also help maintain our skin pores and help reduce their size and appearance.


Environmental assaults through free radicals damage and visible light from screens, monitors and TV’s all play a role in the ageing process of the skin. Cleansers contain antioxidants that will start the process of removing these free radicals.

This is Dr Nikolic’s guide to including a cleanser in your skincare routine:

Use your cleanser only twice daily.

Choose the correct cleanser for your skin type.

Oil and acne-prone skin needs a cleanser that cleans deep within the pores.

Dry and sensitive skin needs creamy cleansers that calm, soothe and hydrate.

Normal and combination skin needs a mildly exfoliating cleanser.

Cleansers are responsible for the three R’s: remove, replenish and rejuvenate.

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