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What should men look for in an all-in-one cleanser?

Types of All-in-one Cleansers

Now that you've decided to buy an all-in-one cleanser, you should know that they're not all created equal. Some are made for specific skin types, while others claim that they will work for anyone. There are also variations in what they do besides the actual cleansing: They may tone, exfoliate, moisturize or all of the above. Finally, there are some all-in-one cleansers that can be used to wash your face, body and even your hair. You don't have to spend a lot of money, either; good products are available for under $10 at your local drugstore, or you can check out higher-end brands sold at specialty- and department-store counters.

All-in-one face and body cleansers are designed to make life simpler -- just use them in the shower and you're done. Don't confuse them with regular soap, though; they're formulated especially to be used on the face, as well as the body. They come in bar form and liquid, and some companies make different varieties for your skin type. Dove makes cleansing bars and washes for use on both the face and body. All of Dove's products are moisturizing and designed to combat dryness, but there are different varieties. For example, one deep cleans through exfoliation and another is meant especially for sensitive skin. Some companies, such as Jack Black, even make all-in-one cleansers for face, body and hair.

If you're looking for just a face cleanser, though, you have lots of options. Some cleansers are two-in-one, removing dirt and oil as well as toning. Toners are designed to tighten your skin and reduce the appearance of pores. There are also three-in-one cleansers that combine the three basic steps of a skin care routine: washing, toning and moisturizing. Philosophy is one brand. If acne is a problem, anti-acne cleansers include both a wash and an ingredient to treat and prevent acne. Some all-in-one cleansers are specifically created to prepare your face for shaving by sloughing off dry skin and lifting facial hair.

Another thing to keep in mind: You don't necessarily have to buy a product from a men's skin care line to cleanse your skin properly and avoid smelling too feminine. Several companies make neutral cleansers. One popular brand is Cetaphil, which makes a gentle fragrance-free cleanser for sensitive skin that also moisturizes.

Many all-in-one cleansers don't reveal themselves by their names; you have to look at the description and ingredients to figure out if one will work for you or not. Read on to learn about the ingredients used in all-in-one cleansers.