Which is the Right Cleanser For My Skin Type?

by Amy Xuan

Hi beauties💗

Today, I am going to give you guys some tips on how to find a cleanser which is most suitable for your skin 💦

As you may know already, cleansing is a super important but somehow underrated skincare routine step. Washing your face effectively with a good cleanser helps to remove all the nasty dirt, oil and impurities on the skin, allowing your skin to breathe and balances pH level. Cleansing also preps your skin ready for the next steps of the routine so the products you put on your face can be absorbed better.

But since there are so many cleansing products out there, it is very important to find the right product which is best suited for your skin type. Let’s start off by breaking it down into two main categories: oil cleansers and water-based cleansers.



Oil cleansers tend to be heavier on the skin and more moisturising therefore suited for normal to dry skin. They are perfect for taking off makeup and sunscreen, therefore I recommend using an oil cleanser as the first cleansing step. Oil cleansers can also penetrate deeper down into the epidermis of your skin removing excess oil, dead skin cells, clogged pores.

Some beauties who have oily skin might think oil cleansers are a bit too much for them. But keep in mind that ‘like-removes-like’, by using an oil based cleanser and massaging it into the skin will actually help to get rid of sebum and black/white heads which is ideal for oily skin!

A little tip: The best way to wash off oil cleanse is to take a swipe of water to emulsify the oil first (massage until you only see clear water) and then rinse it off.

Heimish All Clean Balm | $25NZD | 120ml

The Heimish All Clean Balm is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin! This is a great oil cleanser which effectively melts off makeup and removes excess sebum without clogging pores or irritating skin. It also moisturises and soothes skin with natural botanical extracts like Freesia and Iris, so you won't be left tight and dry.

Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil | $34NZD | 150ml

Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil is composed of various vegetable oils helpful for skin care. It is slightly thicker in consistency which allows effective cleansing of dirt and makeup without causing irritation. I would recommend this cleanser to people with normal to dry skin the most because it helps to maintain the skin’s moisture even after cleansing.



I always recommend double cleansing! You simply start off with an oil cleanser and finish off with a water cleanser to really wash off all the sebum and impurity residues. Water based cleansers tend to feel lighter on the skin overall, and they come in two main forms: gel, and cream/foam.

Gel cleansers are typically clear and designed for deep cleansing and killing acne causing bacteria due to their antiseptic properties. Therefore gel cleansers are great for oily and acne prone skin.

COSRX Low PH Good Morning Gel Cleanser | $14NZD | 150ml

The Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser is HIKOCO's all time favourite! It has a very gentle and mild formula with a pH level of 5.0-6.0 which helps to rebalance and soothe your skin.  Just like its name suggests, you can use this in the morning time as well!

Heimish All Clean Green Foam PH 5.5 | $16NZD | 150g

The Heimish All Clean Green Foam is a cleansing gel that keeps skin’s optimal pH balance while effectively removing impurities on skin. Included Centella Asiatica and witch hazel are widely known for their skin-healing and soothing properties. Ideal for all skin types, especially those with sensitive skin.



Cream or foam cleansers are generally more suitable for dry skin because they contain emollients which will nourish skin and less stripping than gel cleansers. I have a few recommendations for different skin types 😊

Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Micro Foam | $25NZD | 120ml

This mild, moisturising cleansing foam is formulated with a calming herb complex to soothe stressed skin and panthenol to help retain moisture without feeling tight and dry, and gently deliver comfort to skin after cleansing. Gentle bubbles and mineral-enriched hydrogen water effectively remove makeup and impurities without irritating skin, leaving the complexion feeling clean and fresh.

COSRX Salicylic Acid Daily Gentle Cleanser | $14NZD | 150ml

Another best seller at HIKOCO! This Salicylic Acid Daily Gentle Cleanser helps to reduce breakouts and promotes clear skin. Ideal for all skin types including sensitive, especially for those with skin troubles. It gently removes impurities and excess sebum while fighting pimples and blemishes, leaving skin soft and smooth.

NEOGEN Real Fresh Foam Green Tea | $25NZD | 160ml

This is the perfect water-based cleanser to follow your oil-based cleanser in your double-cleansing routine. Fermented green tea extract to brighten and hydrate skin and gently removing impurities from the skin without being too stripping. This foam cleanser has a hypoallergenic formula which makes it suitable for all skin types, especially sensitive.


These are some key points regarding different types of cleansers and some product recommendations for different skin types. I hope this will be helpful when it comes to choosing a cleanser that is best suited for your skin ✅

💓Thank you for reading till the end 💓

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