A good cleansing session can be one of the most therapeutic and relaxing parts of a daily skin routine, prepping the canvas for potent serums and moisturizers to come. With summer officially here, the time is now to switch to a face wash that’s appropriate for the unpredictable temperatures to come. Whether your skin is sensitive, dry, normal, or oily, there’s a hard-working formula out there that’s primed for the season ahead.
“Look for products formulated with gentle ingredients like oatmeal or chamomile,” says New York City–based dermatologist Dendy Engelman, M.D. Both are naturally anti-inflammatory and will soothe any redness or itching. Engelman also advises patients to skip products with fragrances or additives, since both may cause irritation.
“With patients who are on the drier side, it’s especially important to properly cleanse without stripping the skin of its natural oils,” says Engelman. Aim for creamy textures like a balm or oil, and be sure to watch the water temperature when washing your face. It should be tepid—not too hot or overly cold—for the best results.
While it’s not necessary to overdo on the cleansing or scrubbing, it’s still critical to remove dirt and makeup before bed. Engelman suggests a basic foam or milk face wash for 20-40 seconds for those who don’t have major issues. If you’re wearing a heavy amount of foundation or mascara, however, a double cleanse may be required. Start with a cleansing oil followed by a gel formula—like Aerin's purifying foam mousse.
Those prone to breakouts will find refuge in products with a clay or mud base, says Engelman, because “they naturally draw out impurities and have anti-microbial properties.” Her favorite of the moment? “Epionce’s lytic gel cleanser has a really nice feel,” she says. “Plus, it’s packed with alpha hydroxy acids for exfoliating.”