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Cleansing may be the first and most basic step of every skincare regime, but don’t overlook this simple action – it lays the foundation of your routine too. If you’re sharing your cleanser with the rest of your family, stop. Just like your shampoo, every one in the family should be using their own, based on individual’s needs.

What? You’re sharing shampoo too? Oh well, then that’s a story for another day, let’s focus just on cleansing today.

1. If you have oily skin

Keeping your skin matte is of priority. Because of the over-active sebum glands, you also tend to suffer from issues like pimples and enlarged pores. Choose a purifying cleanser that gives a thorough wash, while offering anti-bacterial properties.

biotherm purefect cleanser

Try: Biotherm Purefect Skin Anti-shine Purifying Cleansing Gel. This is formulated specially for those with oily skin has a light gel texture that refreshes skin after washing. IT also has anti-bacterial capabilities and mattifies skin without drying it out. Another result you’ll probably like from it: it refines the appearance of enlarged pores.

2. If you have dry or dehydrated skin

Make moisture retention a mission in your cleansing quest. Find a cleanser that leaves your skin feeling supple and hydrated, instead of tight and irritated.

glamglow thirstycleanse

Try: GLAMGLOW ThirstyCleanse. This mud-to-foam daily cleanser rinses away dirt, impurities and makeup effectively, while hydrating skin, so it will look dewy and fresh after cleansing. Using the same technology behind its award-winning ThirstyMud, a hydrating treatment, this cleanser helps moisturise skin with Pure Green Coconut Water and Olive Milk. Available at Escentials Paragon, Escentials TANGS at Tangs Plaza, and Sephora.

3. If you have combination skin

You should neither go for a cleanser that’s too oily or too mattifying. Instead, choose a product that hydrates your skin and balances your pH.

philosophy cleanser

Try: Philosophy Purity Made Simple. This is a fan favourite because it is a makeup remover, cleanser and toner all in one bottle. It contains natural oil extracts to help condition skin, and its toning effect means that it helps to balance your skin’s acidity.

4. If you have sensitive skin

What you need is a gentle cleanser that doesn’t irritate your skin and has soothing ingredients that pampers your skin tenderly.

clarins cleanser

Try: Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser for Dry or Sensitive Skin. This is a water-based cleanser that’s milder, but just as effective in cleansing. It lathers into a creamy mousse and nourishes your skin with Shea Butter and Pro-Vitamin B5, which helps to gently care for your skin.

5. If you have dull complexion or uneven skin tone

A key problem of skin after 25 years old, dull complexion that looks fatigue requires some brightening intervention. Pick a cleanser that helps to advance this cause.

shu uemura cleansing oil

Try: Shu Uemura Blanc:Chroma Brightening & Polishing Gentle Cleansing Oil. This is not just a makeup remover, but can also be used as a regular cleanser. A volcanic clay cleansing oil, this helps to not just gently exfoliate skin, but also polish away melano-stains that are responsible for dullness in your skin, so skin will look brighter and more luminous.

6. If you have acne-prone skin

You’ll need a cleanser dedicated to treating pimples if you have acne-prone skin. Choose a cleanser that helps to purify your pores, clear pimples, and also prevent them from appearing.

clinique cleanser

Try: Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Cleansing Foam. This cleanser has a potent formula that doesn’t just remove dirt and excess sebum, but also unclog pores and reduce the appearance of active blemishes.

7. If you have mature skin

origins cleanser

You’d want your cleanser to not aggravate signs of ageing like wrinkles, and also help return your skin’s elasticity.

Try: Origins Plantscription Anti-aging Cleanser. The product is fortified with Anogeissus, a plant extract that’s known for its healing and anti-ageing benefits. This cleanser is formulated to help skin look more youthful and more bouncy.