There's no better way to start the day then with a clean face. Facial cleansers should be used every morning before you apply your makeup and every evening after you remove your makeup. Washing your face with a mild cleanser each morning rids your skin of any excess dirt, oil, left over moisturizer and makeup or unpleasant odors accumulated during sleep.

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Dermatologists have found that washing your face with water alone will not effectively get rid of the fat-soluble, sticky dirt and oil that our skin produces throughout the day and during sleep. Fortunately, cleansers can do the job for us. Most cleansers have a gentle formula that works to efficiently loosen dirt particles from the skin's surface, leaving the pores exposed and the skin fresh after washing. A skin toner is used after cleansing to seal the pores and moisturizer is applied to re-hydrate the skin.

Facial cleansers are most typically found in natural soaps, foaming cleansers, cleansing creams and lotions, soothing gels, exfoliating scrubs, facial masks and exfoliating cloths and wipes. A good quality facial cleanser should cleanse the face entirely of any dirt, oil and excess makeup. It should also be mild, have low toxicity, leave the skin lubricated and less likely to suffer from blemishes.

Individuals with normal to oily skin should look for a facial cleansers containing hydroxyl acid. This ingredient will penetrate deeply into the skin to unclog the pores. On the other hand, hydroxyl may be too strong for individuals with sensitive skin. Cleansers made with natural fruits and plants will pamper all skin types. Nature's own cleansers include honey, almonds, cucumbers, yogurt and milk.

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