There are two main types of cleansers: surfactant-based and non-surfactant-based. Surfactant-based facial cleansers are those that contain surfactants, which are special molecules that help to break up dirt and oil and usually produce a foam. Non-surfactant-based cleansers, on the other hand, rely on other ingredients to help clean the skin and there is no foam. So, which type of facial cleanser is better? Surfactant-based or non-surfactant-based? The answer depends on your skin type. If you have oily skin, then a surfactant-based facial cleanser will likely work better for you. If you have dry skin, however, a non-surfactant-based cleanser might be a better option.
Surfactant Cleansers (oily, acne-prone skin)
A gel cleanser is a type of facial cleanser that contains waters, surfactants, and thickening agents and removes make up, dirt, and excess oil. Gel cleansers are typically clear or translucent and have a gel-like consistency. Some gel cleansers also contain ingredients that help to soothe and calm the skin, making them a good option for those with oily or acne-prone sensitive skin.
Sweet Orange Gel Cleanser (Regular and Exfoliating) is a gentle gel cleanser made with sweet orange oil, which is known for its ability to brighten and cleanse the skin. It also contains aloe vera and witch hazel, which are both calming and soothing. Malechemy Facial Cleanser is the same formula but with the purifying properties of lavender and tea tree rather than sweet orange.
Non-Surfactant Cleansers (dry, sensitive skin)
A milk or cream cleanser is able to gently lift make-up and dirt without decreasing oil levels on the skin. It is often recommended for people with dry or sensitive skin as it can be less drying than other types of cleansers. It is considered an emulsion, which is a mixture of two or more liquids that are normally unable to be combined (i.e. oil and water).
The above information provides a general guide on how to choose the right cleanser for your skin. At Cocoon, we specialize in helping our clients find the best possible skin care routine for their individual needs. Contact us today for help with your skin.