A non-foaming cleanser is ideal for dry, aging, prematurely aging and sensitive skin types. Non-foaming cleansers are characterized as being milky and mild and have the same consistency as a lotion or cream. These water-based emulsions are richer and creamier than their foaming facial cleanser counterparts because they are designed to provide extra moisture to the skin’s surface.
Estheticians prescribe clients to use non-foaming cleansers at home to help address skin conditions such as dehydration and sensitivity. Estheticians are big fans of using non-foaming cleansers in their own home skin care routine. “In the morning since the skin has no dirt, make-up, toxins, I choose to go with a creamy cleanser that restores lipids to the surface to prevent dehydration,” says Stephanie Coyle, an Esthetics Learning Leader at San Francisco Institute of Esthetics and Cosmetology.
Megan Linney, an esthetician and massage therapist at Tru Spa in San Francisco, prefers to use an over-the-counter, non-foaming facial cleanser at home. “I use it with my Clarisonic. It doesn't smell like anything, it lathers up well and it's inexpensive. I save my big bucks for antioxidant serums.”
Clear skin starts with clean skin. The primary function of an effective facial cleanser is to remove makeup, excess oil and pore blocking debris from the skin. Keeping skin clear of unwanted debris on the face is going to be key in achieving clear skin. Deciding on which type of cleanser is right for your skin will depend on your desired results and your skin’s specific needs.
(Previously published on SF Skin Care Examiner)