4 ways you can use a cleanser

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Cleansers are one of the most versatile products in your bathroom. You can use them for a lot more than just washing off makeup and keeping your skin clean.

Remove makeup

If you wear makeup, a cleanser is your first step in the cleansing process. If you don’t wear makeup, you can still use a cleanser to remove dirt and oil from your face.

  • Cleansers are great at removing makeup because they contain ingredients that dissolve oil-based substances like pigments (the chemicals in eye shadow, blush, etc.), waxes (the ingredients in lipsticks), and resins (the ingredients in mascara). These oily substances are what make up most forms of makeup.
  • However, if you’re using a canister-style or pump bottle of liquid cleanser without preservatives (pro tip: those are usually bad for your skin) then I would avoid using it to remove mascara as well. It’ll be too harsh on your eyes! The same goes for foundation unless it’s specifically formulated for sensitive skin types like myself…I’m currently working through my stockpile of matte-finish foundations so that I have one for every day of the week!

Clean your brush

The easiest way to clean makeup brushes is with a cleanser. It’s quick, easy and you can do it right before bed. Not only will you be able to use your makeup brushes again, but you’ll also be reducing the amount of bacteria on them by getting rid of oils and dirt.

If you’re wondering how often you should clean them, it depends on how much makeup you use daily! If that sounds like too much work for a busy woman like me—and who doesn’t love an excuse to get some shut-eye?—then I recommend doing it once every two weeks or so (or whenever they start feeling stiff).

Make sure any cleanser doesn’t contain harsh chemicals; if something feels like it’s burning upon contact with your face or eyes (especially if its ingredients include alcohol), wash up immediately!


Using a gentle exfoliant is one of the best ways to keep your skin clean and glowing. Exfoliating can help remove dead cells, which makes it easier for new ones to grow in their place—helping you achieve that smooth, radiant look you’re going for.

But if you don’t know how to do it right, exfoliating can actually damage your skin instead of helping it! We asked Dr. Ava Shamban (a celebrity esthetician who has worked with celebrities like Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow) for some simple rules on how to use an exfoliant properly:

  • Don’t overdo it! Don’t scrub too hard or use too much pressure when using an exfoliator on sensitive areas like around your eyes or lips. This may cause redness and dryness in these areas due to inflammation. Never use abrasive products on these areas either—they’re just as bad as scrubbing too hard without one at all!
  • Use common sense when choosing the right product for your skin type: A thicker moisturizer might work better than an oil-based cleanser if you have oily skin but will clog pores if done incorrectly; while deep-cleaning scrubs may be too harsh for dry patches but perfect for getting rid of blackheads on other parts of face where acne hasn’t broken out yet (like nose area).

Acne treatment

If you have acne, it’s best to use a cleanser designed specifically for that purpose.

Use it at night as part of your daily skincare routine and follow with another product such as moisturizer or serum. You can also use this on its own if you’re having trouble sleeping because of your acne (which I’ve done before).

You can use this in conjunction with other acne treatments like benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid (both great options) and still see results! If you’re not sure what kind of cleanser would work for your skin type, ask an aesthetician about their recommendations!

You can use this product in more ways than one.

You can use cleansers for more than just removing makeup. Also,you can use them to clean your makeup brushes, exfoliate and treat acne and even as a facial mask.

When using a cleanser in these ways, remember that different products will work best for different purposes. For example, if you have oily skin and want to use your cleanser as an exfoliator or treatment for acne, try using something lighter (like Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser) because it won’t dry out the skin too much. If you’re going to be washing off the product after applying it as a mask (or before), then you may want to choose something heavier (like Aveda Botanical Kinetics Purifying Exfoliant).


There are so many ways you can use a cleanser. You can use it to remove makeup, clean your brush, exfoliate and even treat acne! It’s such an affordable product that will last you a long time if used correctly. I hope this post helped you decide on the right product for your needs

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