When you are trying to choose between the types of cleansers available today, two main factors can help you to decide:

  • Your skin type
  • Your preference

In general, 5 main types of cleansers are available today:

  1. Cream. Of all the types of cleansers, cream cleansers tend to be the most moisturizing. They work well in drier climates and are ideal for drier skin types. They are also a great choice for the cooler months when humidity drops and skin requires more moisture. Cream cleansers don’t strip away skin’s natural oils so tend to offer mild, gentle cleansing. Our Cloud Nine Foaming Cleansing Crème is a gentle, foaming cleanser, that not only cleans, but also moisturizes and protects skin. Rich with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredients, it soothes aging and sensitive skin, while delivering a healthy glow to all skin types. It is paraben-free, sulfate-free, fragrance-free, gluten-free and vegan.
  2. Gel. Usually lighter in texture than most other types of cleansers, gel cleansers are often foaming as well. They may contain actives including alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) or salicylic acid and are ideal for combination to oilier skin types, but all skin types can benefit from gel cleansers if they can be tolerated. Our AHA-Mazing Clean Gel contains a triple combination of AHAs helping to exfoliate skin. Light foaming action cleans without drying and the refreshing peppermint scent (from essential oils) helps to revive the senses.
  3. Cleansing Oil or Balm. While it may seem counterintuitive to cleanse with oil, cleansing oils (liquid) or balms (solid) work like ‘magnets’ to attract surface impurities including dirt and sebum. They may contain a mild foaming agent to help with rinse off, or may be removed with warm water and a washcloth. Best for normal to dry skin types, even combination and oily skin types can use this type of cleanser. Often used as the first step in the ‘double cleansing’ method, I love cleansing oils and balms for their ability to remove make-up.
  4. Micellar Water. If you’re a no nonsense kind of person, a micellar water may be just what you’re looking for. These water-based, non-soap treatments are made up of tiny molecules called micelles that attract dirt and debris. They do this without disturbing the skin’s natural oils. No scrubbing is involved making them a great choice for sensitive skin types especially. They are excellent for removing make-up.
  5. Powder. Powder cleansers contain a dry mixture of oil-absorbing and exfoliating granules. They are designed to be mixed with water to cleanse and work to exfoliate, leaving skin feeling smooth afterwards. Ideal for combination and oily skin types.

Cleansers are an important part of any skin care routine because they not only help to remove dirt, oil and make-up, they also prep the skin to better absorb treatments that are applied afterward. Cleansing should definitely be done at night, but for the most part, is considered an optional step in the morning.

What’s your favourite type of cleanser?

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Bespoke Vitamin C Serum

I love it! Been using it for years. It’s so perfect to put on right after I wash in the morning. I’ve never been the greatest at sticking to a skin care routine but using the Vitamin C in the morning and A is for Anti-aging at night consistently over the years has kept my skin young and firm.
Would not want to imagine life (or my skin) without these two essentials. Thank you Sharmani!

*Received as press sample*

Pricing per bottle is definitely up there, but I think much like skincare, if you have struggled to find a deodorant that works for you, the price won't be as much of an issue because something like this can have a huge impact on your life. One bottle should last about 3-4 months with daily use which I think is fairly close to most deodorants. While I know there are baking soda-free options (baking soda can cause skin irritations due to pH disruptions) and options that use Deoplex, I have yet to find a combination of Deoplex and lactic acid which may be what's working for me. Honestly, the only thing I didn't enjoy was that "wet" feeling when I would first apply it, but after 15 seconds it dries down AND it doesn't stain clothing so that's a huge plus. Even though I received this as a press sample, I would buy this deodorant on my own as I didn't just smell good at the end of a long day, but I smelled like absolutely NOTHING which is WAY better to me than smelling like "I'm covering something up" or like body odour. I also trust and appreciate the research I know Apothekari has invested into making sure the formulation is scientifically sound so I know that's also partly where my dollars are going. I only need to apply once a day and I'm good to go so one bottle might even last more more than 4 months at the rate I'm going! HIGHLY recommend and even though all three scents had the same results, my preferred scent was the Lavender as it just one of my favourite scents overall!

Your deodorant is actually miraculous! I’ve tried every kind of deodorant before with varying degrees of mediocre success. Yours manages to actually work through Barre fitness classes and in my office otherwise called the boiler room!! I will definitely be buying more.

I love, love, love Apothekari deodorant! I am allergic to anti-perspirants. I have spent years trying to find a product that works, especially in the hot climate here in Arizona. This deodorant not only works, but keeps me fresh and odor free for over 24 hours! The grapefruit ginger fragrance is lovely and subtle. Thank you, thank you!

I am absolutely IN LOVE with Apothekari! A is for Anti-Aging Retinol Serum has changed my skin. I suffered from adult acne and I have not had a single pimple since I started using this Ah-mazing serum. Not to mention how firm and bright my skin is. And Made in Canada! It’s the whole package!

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