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No-rinse Facial Cleansers

Types of No-Rinse Cleansers

If you want to cut the "rinse" step right out of your daily skin care routine, there are a number of products to consider. Remember that just-cleansed skin should feel supple and moistened, never dry [source: Mayo Clinic]. Also, keep in mind that a healthy skin care regimen includes a moisturizing step -- preferably with a product that contains an SPF of 15 or higher. Here are a few types of no-rinse cleansers to consider.

Creams and lotions are usually soap-free, which is a plus for sensitive skin. Instead, they contain water and a cleansing ingredient. Massage a small amount over your face, then use a tissue or cloth to wipe away the excess. An added bonus: Skipping the rinse can leave a thin layer of moisturizer behind on your skin [source: Lefell].

Astringents usually contain certain alcohols and fragrance. Applied with a cotton ball or pad, they can leave your skin feeling cool and clean. However, some alcohol can be harsh and drying, and it should be used sparingly. Products made mainly of this ingredient -- or of similar ones, such as witch hazel -- can dry out even normal skin. Remember, the idea is to clean and soothe, not to strip and chap. Keep in mind, however, that not all alcohols are bad. Fatty alcohols such as cetyl alcohol and stearyl alcohol are actually used in many moisturizing skin care products.

Has your long day turned into a night on the town? If so, cleansing towelettes might be a refreshing -- albeit temporary -- solution for you. You probably wouldn't want to permanently swap your daily cleanser for a pack of cosmetic wet-naps, these towelettes can give your face (and spirits) a lift. As always, look for a product that doesn't contain irritating alcohols, fragrances or extracts.

If you think a no-rinse cleanser might be the right choice for you, keep reading to learn some of the pros and cons of this facial cleansing option.