So now that you have figured out the mystery behind your skin “type”, up comes the daunting question… Do I need a foaming (gel) cleanser or a milky cleanser, and what the heck is the difference!?!
Traditionally, foaming gel cleansers were formulated for more combination, oily, or acne-prone skin. These cleansers remove excess dirt and oil, not makeup, and have a drying or stripping effect on the skin.
Milky cleansers work best on normal and dry skin types. They are meant to remove makeup as well as cleanse the skin.
Both types of cleansers are meant to be used both day and night, as opposed to scrubs, which we will talk about later.
Skin Care lines, in recent years, have realized that consumers’ preference in the way products feel on their skin plays a huge role in sales. It’s for this reason that most skin care lines now will offer both a foaming and milky cleanser available for any and all skin types.
To keep it simple, foaming cleansers will have a stripping or drying effect on the skin, while milky cleansers will have more of a conditioning effect on the skin.
Most of the time, it’s really just a matter of preference. Do you like that squeaky clean feel or more of that silky, creamy feel? And yes, some of us think that the “silky, creamy feel” is more like the “oily feel”. As long as its appropriate for your skin type and you keep it basic, the choice should be simple.