Face Cleansers For Radiant Skin

Face Cleansers For Radiant Skin

Of all the truths the skincare industry has to tell you, there is one that stands tall. Technically, without this truth, all your other truths are ineffective. What is it? Here, let us tell you—the key to radiant, healthy skin begins with a good face cleanser. 

In a world brimming with skincare products that promise skin miracles in a bottle, it's easy to overlook the humble face cleanser. Yet, it serves as the cornerstone of any skincare regimen, laying the groundwork for everything that follows. 

Here's the catch! Not all skin is created equal, and neither are face cleansers. So we decided to create a comprehensive guide for you that helps you match your skin type to the best face cleanser ingredient for you and the best face cleanser type. 

The good thing? We've got suggestions for everything—from oily patches and dull and dry to sensitive skin and combination dilemmas. Let's dive straight into it! 

Understanding the Importance of Face Cleansers

Face cleansers do a lot despite being just a single product. Mind you, what they do sets the tone for everything else to follow. So, if you don't invest in a good face cleanser, be ready to say goodbye to the effectiveness of all your other products. Here's why! 

Clears Away Impurities

Our skin is exposed to a variety of environmental pollutants, dirt, and debris every day. And without proper cleansing, these impurities will build up on the skin's surface. Result? Clogged pores, breakouts, and dullness. A good face cleanser acts as a gentle yet effective solution to remove these impurities, allowing your skin to breathe freely.

Balances Excess Oil

Excess sebum (oil) production can worsen skin issues like acne and shine for those with oily or combination skin. Face cleansers contain oil-controlling ingredients that help to regulate oil production without stripping the skin of its natural oils. 

So, by maintaining a healthy balance, these cleansers prevent breakouts while keeping your complexion matte and fresh. No unwanted shine! 

Subtle Exfoliation

The skin naturally sheds dead cells, but without proper exfoliation, these cells can accumulate on the surface, leading to a dull, rough complexion. 

Many face cleansers contain exfoliating ingredients like AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) or BHAs (beta hydroxy acids) to gently slough away dead skin cells, revealing smoother, brighter skin underneath.

Of course, they cannot replace your exfoliator, but the two can always work together! 

Improve Product Absorption

Why do your skincare products not seem to work as well as they should? It could be due to a buildup of impurities on your skin's surface. 

By thoroughly cleansing your skin, you allow serums, moisturizers, and treatments to penetrate more deeply. Thus maximizing their efficacy and delivering better results.

Maintaining the Skin's Moisture Barrier

One of the biggest misconceptions about cleansing is that it will strip the skin of its natural oils, leaving it dry and tight. However, the right face cleanser will:

  • Respect the skin's delicate moisture barrier
  • Remove impurities
  • Preserving essential hydration

What you need to do is look for cleansers with gentle, hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid or glycerin to make sure your skin feels soft and supple after cleansing.

Different Skin Types and Their Cleanser Needs

There's no one-size-fits-all when it comes to skincare. Your skin is as unique as you are, with its own set of needs and concerns. And so, the first step is to identify your skin type and understand its cleanser needs. Here's a quick overview for you:

Oily Skin

If your skin tends to produce excess oil, you're no stranger to the shine and potential breakouts that come with it. The key to managing oily skin lies in finding a cleanser that effectively removes excess oil and impurities without over-drying or irritating the skin.

Cleanser Type: A gel, foam, or creamy cleanser that provides a deep yet gentle cleanse, leaving your skin feeling refreshed and mattified without stripping its natural moisture.


  • Salicylic Acid: This beta hydroxy acid penetrates deep into the pores, dissolving oil and unclogging pores to prevent breakouts.
  • Tea Tree Oil: Known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, tea tree oil helps to combat acne-causing bacteria while soothing irritation. 
  • Japanese Tanakura Clay: A natural clay from the Sea of Japan, it is rich in antioxidants that help gently remove impurities and excess oils from the skin. You will find it in our creamy Purifying Cleanser.

Dry Skin

Dry skin often feels tight, rough, and flaky, especially after cleansing. To fight this dryness and replenish moisture, look for cleansers with hydrating and nourishing ingredients that help to restore the skin's natural barrier. 

Cleanser type: Cream or gel cleansers are ideal for dry skin types, as they provide a rich, moisturizing cleanse that leaves your skin feeling soft, smooth, and hydrated.


  • Hyaluronic Acid: This powerhouse ingredient attracts moisture to the skin, providing intense hydration and plumping up dry, thirsty skin.
  • Ceramides: These lipid molecules help to repair and strengthen the skin's barrier, preventing moisture loss and improving overall hydration levels.
  •  Japanese Fermented Rice Extract: This hydrating ingredient plumps up the skin and soothes inflammation. You will find it in our Mild Cleanser.

Combination Skin

Combination skin presents a unique challenge, with some areas prone to oiliness while others tend to be dry or normal. The key to caring for combination skin is to find a cleanser that effectively cleanses without exacerbating oiliness or drying out dry areas.

Cleanser type: Gel-like or foamy cleanser that hydrates the dry skin while deeply cleaning the pores of the oily skin. 


  • Niacinamide: This multitasking ingredient helps to regulate oil production, minimize pores, and improve overall skin texture without causing dryness.
  • Chamomile Extract: Chamomile is famous for its soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps to calm irritation and balance the skin.

Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin requires extra gentle care to prevent irritation, redness, and discomfort. When choosing a cleanser for sensitive skin, opt for fragrance-free and hypoallergenic formulas that soothe and protect the skin.

Cleanser Type: Gel cleansers for no friction on the skin


  • Japanese Fermented Rice Extract: A heritage Japanese ingredient known for its intensely hydrating properties without any adverse reactions
  • Aloe Vera: Helps soothe and calm your skin while reducing any inflammation.

Types of Face Cleansers

Now that you've understood the skin type and what cleanser suits it, let's quickly see what each type of cleanser has to offer! 

Gel Cleansers

Ideal for oily and combination skin, gel cleansers offer a refreshing and invigorating cleanse without leaving behind a heavy residue. These lightweight formulas effectively dissolve dirt, oil, and impurities, leaving your skin feeling clean and balanced. 

gentle cleanser

For instance, our Gentle Cleaner contains Japanese Yuzu Extract and Grape Leaf Extract. It effectively helps cleanse impurities built up on skin, such as makeup and dirt, while leaving you with supple, baby-soft skin.

Cream Cleansers

If you have dry, sensitive, or oily skin, cream cleansers are your go-to solution for gentle yet effective cleansing.

purifying cleanser

These luxurious formulations, like Purifying Cleanser, provide a rich and nourishing cleanse, infusing moisture into the skin while removing impurities. 

Foam Cleansers

Foam cleansers are popular for their refreshing feel. These lightweight formulas transform into a lush foam upon contact with water, effectively lifting away dirt, oil, and makeup without stripping the skin. 

mild cleanser

They leave your skin feeling fresh, energized, and deeply cleansed, making them an excellent option for all skin types, especially those in need of a pick-me-up. The Mild cleanser's gel-like formula transforms into soft foam. The cleanser's formula mirrors your skin's natural pH levels, while the foam reduces the friction on the skin. As a result, you have nothing but hydrated, refreshed, and renewed skin.

Micellar Water

Micellar water contains micelles—tiny oil molecules—that attract and lift away dirt, oil, and makeup, leaving your skin clean, hydrated, and balanced with just a few swipes. This versatile option is suitable for all skin types and requires no rinsing, making it perfect for on-the-go cleansing or as a quick refresh.

Oil Cleansers

Oil cleansers find a special place in the Japanese double cleansing routine for evening and post-makeup. 

These luxurious formulations contain nourishing oils that effortlessly dissolve makeup, sunscreen, and excess sebum, allowing for a thorough cleanse without stripping the skin's natural moisture barrier. 

They are suitable for all skin types, including oily and acne-prone skin, as they help to balance oil production and leave the skin feeling soft, supple, and deeply cleansed. In most instances, you will follow up with a gentle cleanser for a more thorough cleanse.

Exfoliating Cleansers

Exfoliating cleansers contain gentle exfoliants like AHAs or BHAs.These powerhouse ingredients work to:

  • Slough away dead skin cells
  • Unclog pores
  • Promote cell turnover

Thus leaving your skin looking brighter, more radiant, and rejuvenated. They are suitable for all skin types, although those with sensitive skin should opt for gentler formulations to prevent irritation or over-exfoliation.

Key Ingredients in Face Cleansers

There are some ingredients that you will find common across most face cleansers. And there's a reason behind it— they are skincare powerhouses and multitaskers! Here are some of them:

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is everywhere—cleansers, serums, face masks, you name it. This powerhouse ingredient helps to neutralize free radicals, reduce hyperpigmentation, and promote collagen production, resulting in a brighter, more even complexion. Plus, it protects against environmental damage, making it a must-have for maintaining healthy, youthful-looking skin.

Glycolic Acid 

Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). This means that it has an exfoliating effect. Glycolic acid penetrates the skin's surface to dissolve the bonds that hold dead skin cells together, revealing smoother, more radiant skin underneath. As a result, with consistent but careful use, glycolic acid can:

  • Improve skin tone and texture
  • Minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Unclog pores

Hyaluronic Acid 

This one is, hands down, everyone's favorite choice for moisturization and hydration. It can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water, making it an incredibly effective humectant. This way, hyaluronic acid:

  • Hydrates the skin from within
  • Replenishes moisture levels
  • Smoothens fine lines and wrinkles
  • Restores elasticity


Also known as vitamin B3, niacinamide helps to regulate sebum production, reduce inflammation, and improve skin texture, making it an excellent choice for those with oily or acne-prone skin. Niacinamide cleansers also provide antioxidant benefits, protecting the skin from environmental damage and promoting overall skin health.

Green Tea Extract

Rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, green tea extract helps to reduce redness, irritation, and signs of aging caused by UV exposure and pollution. It also soothes inflammation and protects your skin from environmental stressors. 


Squalane is one of the oldest yet the hottest ingredients in trend right now. This naturally occurring lipid in your skin is responsible for:

  • Preventing moisture loss
  • Softening your skin
  • Protecting against environmental damage 

And the best part? This ingredient is super lightweight and non-greasy on the skin.

How to Choose the Right Face Cleanser?

While choosing a face cleanser, answer the following questions for yourself:

  • Is this cleanser suitable for my skin type?
  • Are the ingredients in it ideal for my skin?
  • Will this cleanser go well with the other products and their ingredients in my skincare routine?

It is important that you carefully read the product labels. Why? Besides focusing on the hero ingredients, you must check for other supporting ingredients in the formula, too. These ingredients play an important role in deciding how gentle, nourishing, and hydrating the face cleanser is.

Additionally, match the ingredients in your facial cleanser with the ingredients of your other products. You do not want two ingredients to react and cause an adverse reaction. 

Tips for Proper Face Cleansing

Choosing the best face cleanser that suits your needs is step 1. Step 2 is about using it correctly. Here's a quick overview for you: 

  • Gently cleanse in the morning using upward, circular motions. 
  • Double cleanse in the evening for a thorough cleansing. 
  • Don't overdo your cleanser. Using it once in the morning, midday, and evening should be enough. Yet if you want to wash your face, splash some water and follow with a moisturizer to avoid drying. 
  • Take a small pump or a pea-size amount only. Please activate it in your hands by rubbing your palms together and then applying it to your face. 

Face Cleansers: A Must Have In Your Skincare Routine

Choosing the right face cleanser can make all the difference in your skincare routine. It is the first step towards healthy, radiant skin and an important one as well. So, you must match your skin type with the cleanser type and the ingredients. 

Face Cleansing

Moreover, be patient with your cleanser. Observe how your skin looks and feels for a week or so before you include it in your routine. If you are ready to treat your face with some gentleness, we are, too, with our four amazing cleansers, each with the power of a heritage Japanese ingredient. Explore them today! 

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