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The Best Water-Based Cleanser For Your Skin Type

If you want clear, healthy skin, cleansing is arguably the most important step. Keep reading to find out what to look for in a water-based cleanser and our top K-beauty recommendations.

A cleanser is the backbone of any skin care routine and is the first step in keeping skin clear and healthy. That’s why it’s so important to use the right formula for your skin type and concerns. 

We’ve already shared our favorite oil cleansers for each skin type (the first step in the double cleanse method), so today we’re helping with which water-based cleanser (the second step in the double cleanse method) you should use based on your skin water-based cleansers

Oily Skin: Mediheal Intensive Pore Clean Cleansing Foam 

Since oily skin types can accumulate even more oil throughout the day, it’s important to find a cleanser that can control excess oil and sebum and unclog any dirt or debris from pores. We recommend the Mediheal Intensive Pore Clean Cleansing Foam, which uses charcoal to detoxify and deep clean any oil and acne-causing bacteria. It also contains zinc to soothe the skin and mushroom extract, an antioxidant that nourishes the skin barrier to prevent skin from getting dehydrated and over-producing oil. Those with oily skin will also love that it leaves skin with a matte finish. 

Combination Skin: Neogen Green Tea Real Fresh Foam Cleanser

This best-selling foam cleanser works for all skin types, but it can be especially beneficial for those with combination skin. The star ingredient is fermented green tea extract, which is rich in antioxidants, hydrating, and soothes inflammation caused by breakouts. Unlike many foam cleansers out there, the formula is gentle and doesn’t strip skin, making it perfect for everyday use. 

Normal Skin: Klairs Rich Moist Foaming Cleanser

If you have normal skin, your main goal should be to find a cleanser that keeps your balanced skin from getting off kilter.  For this, we love the Rich Moist Foaming Cleanser, a creamy foam cleanser from Klairs. It contains tea tree leaf oil to clear away impurities while hydrating, and a blend of amino acids and hyaluronic acid that moisturizes and promotes skin renewal for a rejuvenated complexion. 

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Dry Skin: Solved Skincare Coconut Water Cleansing Foam

Water-based cleansers can be especially tricky for those with dry skin, since many can be a little too drying in an effort to make the skin squeaky clean. Foam cleansers are usually the biggest culprit in this case, but the Solved Coconut Water Cleansing Foam is different. Formulated with 75% real coconut water, this foam-to-cream cleanser is able to deeply hydrate your skin while gently cleansing it. The ingredient is rich in amino acids and skin-benefitting proteins to replenish and refresh skin. The cleanser also has a mild pH of 5.5 and contains clean ingredients that are all EWG Green-verified, so it won’t irritate skin.

Sensitive Skin: Commleaf Rice Purifying Foaming Cleanser

Sensitive skin can be easily aggravated, so it’s important to find a cleanser that’s gentle and non-irritating to balance and prep your skin for the rest of your routine. The Commleaf Rice Purifying Foaming Cleanser is lightweight and perfect for sensitive skin types, featuring all natural ingredients such as deep sea water to hydrate, rice water to soothe and brighten, and vegetable surfactants to gently cleanse the skin. This hypoallergenic and vegan formula is able to keep blemishes at bay and calm irritated or inflamed skin. 

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