Milky vs Oily vs Gel Cleansers

by Erika Geraerts

What's the go, the deal, the vibe? Here's what we know, what we think, what we feel. You decide.
Cleansing may be the most important thing you do for your skin, FYI.

Regular cleansing helps remove dirt, oil, grime, dead skin cells, SPF and makeup, which can clog pores, cause breakouts, and promote overall dullness.
A properly cleansed face will completely absorb all the nutrients and vitamins in your moisturiser or face oil or serum.

But with so many different types of cleansers on the market, promising to deliver the world, how are we supposed to know whether cleansing gel, milk or oil works best? Particularly for our skin type?

Milky Cleansers
Suitable for: Adaptive / Sensitive / Mature Skin
Formulated from an emulsion of fats and water, milk cleansers are beneficial for sensitive skin because of their innate gentleness. Milk cleansers remove dirt, grime and oil without stripping the skin of the crucial oils that provide natural hydration. For this reason, they are also great for dry skin, as they cleanse without removing oils the skin needs to keep itself moisturised. For acne-prone skin, something stronger may be desired, as milk cleansers will usually not specifically target concerns like excess oil or clogged pores. Normal and combination skin types can also benefit from using this type of cleanser.

Gel Cleansers

Suitable for: Oily / Combination skin 

These formulas work to target the oil that can make your face appear 'shiny'. They often promote benefits like eliminating acne-causing bacteria, while giving the skin a 'deeper clean'. If you have an oily skin type, gel cleansers can be the best option for targeting impurities and preventing acne or breakouts.

Deep-cleansing gel cleansers often contain salicylic acid, which helps regulate the production of sebum and clear clogged pores. Aloe vera is also a great natural ingredient in the form of a gel cleanser, with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory (cooling) properties in managing oily and acne-prone skin.

Oil Cleansers

Suitable for: Sensitive/ Dry / Combination Skin
Working by attaching to the skin’s natural oils, this type of formula allows impurities to be washed away more easily without leaving skin bare, tight and dry. 

Summary? A combination formula or Milk/Oil Cleansers is perfect for those with sensitive skin types and dehydrated skin, and also effective on oily skin.

Shop Fluff: Face Cleanser. Half n Half Oily & Milky 30ML, Herbal, Silky Gluggy, Puffy Waffle Cloud Face Cloth. Non-drying, it won't strip you of essential oils, instead it will calm, soothe, and revitalise all skin types including sensitive, dry, combination, Eczema & Rosacea, acne-prone.

Apply two pumps to dry skin, massage in circular motions, leave on for however long you can be bothered, and remove with complimentary tepid Fluff Face Wash Cloth.

Shop Fluff's Cleanser on its own or in The Triplet Set with Face Oil #1 & #2.

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