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 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 types of facial cleansers. Read about them below.

Cleansing Sticks
These cleansers easily dissolve away daily grime while leaving your face feeling healthy and soft all in a convenient stick.

Face Scrubs
Gentle, moderate or deep, you choose the exfoliating factor that’s best for you and we’ll help you soothe away rough skin and even out skin tone so that you can get your glow on.

Oil Scrubs
Nourishment plus gentle exfoliation for your face, we combine the skin-softening and makeup-melting powers to bring you silky smooth, super-fresh skin.

So can I use cleanser as face wash?
Face washes and cleansers have the same basic function of ridding your skin from dirt, oil, and all that jazz, though some can be foaming and others not. Other than that, they’re pretty much one in the same.

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. Not to mention, when you snooze, that’s the time when your damaged skin cells repair themselves, and anything on your face will interfere with that process. Guess they don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing!

And how does a cream cleanser work?
Cleansing creams are often formulated to add moisture, gently washing away build-up without stripping the skin of important oils. This type of cleanser can be particularly helpful for those who have dry skin.

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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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