Know Your Options
Now that you've analyzed the characteristics of your skin, you can explore some of your options by reading labels to learn which type of cleanser has qualities suited for your particular skin type. Your choices include:
- Mineral bath salts
- Foaming gels
- Bath oils
- Moisturizing bath bars
- Bubble bath
- Bath sponges
- Exfoliating soaps
- Antibacterial wash
There are also many products that combine different qualities of the above types, such as a bubble bath with moisturizing agents. You may achieve the best results by using several different products, such as using oil-based products to help dissolve the lipids on your skin but using an oil-free moisturizer afterward.
Even within the same category of product, there will be a good deal of variation in the ingredients included in different brands. Some bath salts fizz, some bubble and some have aloe and vitamin E, as well as a variety of oils and fragrances.
Ideally, by experimenting with different products, you will find the one that leaves your face feeling cleanest without unwanted side effects, such as excessive drying caused by a higher alcohol content.
Seek out recommendations for body cleansers from a dermatologist if your skin gives you considerable problems, or if you have a skin condition such as rosacea. When learning about the different types of body cleansers, get recommendations from aestheticians, department store skin-care specialists and friends who have a similar skin type.
Next choice: Sucking moisture out of your own body, or creating a fat seal.