How to select a game-changing cleanser

Cleansing. It’s the non-negotiable step in your skincare routine – and it all starts with choosing the right cleanser for your skin type.

Compared with the rest of your high-tech skincare ritual, the cleansing part of the equation can seem, well, basic.

But, as the starting point of your daily routine and a vital part of your journey to skin greatness, cleansers are important.

And choosing the right one for your skin type can make all the difference.

Ingredients to look for in your cleanser

With a dazzling array of cleansers on the market, there are a few things to get straight.

First, there are certain ingredients essential for smoothing the texture of your skin and maintaining hydration as you cleanse, so that your skin barrier remains strong.

It’s something that CeraVe, well known for its simple, reliable skincare regimen developed with dermatologists, understands.

CeraVe SA Smoothing Cleanser is a good example. Containing salicylic acid, this foaming gel cleanser exfoliates the skin, helping to smooth and soften dry, rough, and bumpy skin.

Glowy goodness that comes down to a few key ingredients:

1. Salicylic acid

Salicylic acid is a beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) that is oil soluble and penetrates pores to loosen dead skin cells and excess sebum.

It helps reveal fresh, healthy-looking skin by promoting the natural turnover of skin cells.

2. Niacinamide

Also known as vitamin B3, niacinamide can help to reduce moisture loss and dehydration, as well as soothe skin and reduce the visible effects of environmental damage.

3. Ceramides

Made up of long-chain fatty acids that link with other important molecules to promote cellular function, ceramides help to moisturise, strengthen and maintain the skin barrier.

4. Hyaluronic acid

Hyaluronic acid is a humectant (aka moisturising agent) that helps retain skin’s natural moisture.

Hyaluronic acid hydrates dry, bumpy, rough skin to create a strong, healthy skin barrier.

Free of nasties and with three essential ceramides

Extra bonus? You can use CeraVe SA Smoothing Cleanser on your face and your body.

Free of physical exfoliants and micro beads, it’s also fragrance-free, non-irritating and non-comedogenic (so it won’t block or clog pores).

If your skin type is normal to dry, there’s also CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser, a milky gel formula that cleanses and refreshes, while deeply nourishing and hydrating the skin.

Both cleansers, along with the entire CeraVe range, contain 3 essential, skin-loving ceramides to moisturise and help strengthen the skin barrier.

It may not be the most glamorous step in your skin-care line-up, but in many ways it’s the most important.

Turn your everyday chore into a twice-daily pamper session that will leave you with refreshingly clean, healthy and moisturised skin.

* This post is brought to you by CeraVe SA Smoothing Cleanser and CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser.