What Does a Facial Cleanser Do & How Do I Use It?

Confused by skin cleansers? We got you. To make the whole get-glowing-skin process easier, we’re answering some of the hottest questions surrounding the topic (what is a cleanser, what does cleanser do, how do I use a facial cleanser, how often… you get the idea) plus offering up a few ways St. Ives products can help you always put your best face forward.

First thing’s first, what is a facial cleanser?
That’s an easy one: It’s a product, specifically formulated for the face, that is applied to remove make-up, dead skin cells, dirt and other impurities from the skin’s surface. It’s also primo in your skincare routine.

Got it. Now how do I use a facial cleanser?
Find your best headband to secure your hair back and dampen your face. Apply a dime size of your cleanser to your fingertips and massage into skin. Rinse with lukewarm water and use a clean towel to dry.

Hey! These are just the basics…we’ve got even more tips about how to wash your face.

Oily skin requires ingredients that rid excess oil and shine
Dry skin needs gentle cleansing that will clean the skin and is rich in hydration
Combination skin that is both oily and dry requires a product that will tackle both needs
Sensitive skin needs extra-gentle cleansing to help avoid flare-ups

Which leads us to the next question… What are some types of facial cleansers?
St. Ives has a bunch of options when it comes to facial cleansers. Read about them below.

Daily Cleansers
St. Ives daily cleansers remove dirt, oil and impurities to leave your skin clean and glowing.

Hydrating Daily Cleanser Watermelon
Say hello to hydration! Our Hydrating Watermelon Cleanser (made with 100% natural watermelon extract) removes dirt, oil, and impurities from the skin’s surface to leave skin refreshed and glowing!

Calming Daily Cleanser Chamomile
Got sensitive skin? Get glowing with St. Ives Calming Chamomile Daily Cleanser made with 100% natural chamomile extract. This gentle facial cleanser is cruelty free and removes dirt, oil & impurities.

Clarifying Green Tea Cleanser
Blemish-prone skin? This facial cleanser containing 100% naturally sourced green tea extract helps keep your skin clean and refreshed!

How often should you use a facial cleanser?
Most pros would say twice a day: once when you wake up and the other before you hop into bed at night. Going to sleep with a face full of makeup is definitely a no-no because it can lead to clogged pores when you sleep. Guess they don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing!

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Hey! You made it! Welcome to the bottom of the page. Not everyone makes it down here, so we’re guessing you like us. Hooray!

We spend most of our time down here talking about what inspires our skincare. Oh, and how to get glowing skin—specifically, how to make your skin glow. So let’s get started, shall we?

Our products were all made to bring the joy of nature to your skin while making it glow—all without crossing into shiny skin territory (not cute). That’s why our entire lineup features 100% natural moisturizers, exfoliants, and extracts! We also just really, really love apricots.

Think of St. Ives as your go-to for great-smelling cleansers, lotions, masks, and body washes you can use on the daily to get glowing skin that feels super-hydrated and oh-so-silky smooth. Did we mention we’re America’s #1 Scrub brand*?

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