Soap, Gel, Foam or Maybe Oils? What’s Best for Face Washing?

Most people wash their faces mindlessly. Let’s face it, we don’t put our mind to this everyday action. Cosmetics makers keep launching new formulations that don’t merely wash but have other roles to fulfil. Let me tell you about the best picks!

Simple solutions, that is cold water

As far as temperature goes, you should definitely use cool or cold water. Avoid hot water which disturbs the production of oil and opens the skin pores. Using nothing but water for face wash has both fans and opponents.

  • The enthusiasts of this method say that only cold water thoroughly clears the complexion, seals the pores and prevents loss of moisture.
  • The opponents, on the other hand, say tap water is too hard for daily wash.

We know one thing for sure. Washing the face exclusively with water is more budget and so easy that it’s good to try it on one’s own skin. I sometimes do it, mostly when I stay at home all day and don’t wear any make-up.

Good old hard soap

Women in the past used hard soap for plenty of things, including face washing. Did they struggle with worse skin conditions than we do these days? I don’t think so. Hard soap is currently making a comeback.


  • Extremely budget-friendly and easily-available item.
  • It works great for acne skin because it is all-natural and free from colorants or synthetic aromas.


  • It may dry out the skin but it can be fixed if you use an intensive moisturizer.
  • It smells funny for some people.

I used hard soap when treating acne and I think it helped me a bit.


OCM, or oil cleansing method, is growing in popularity! It’s a game-changing alternative for micellar water. Oils effectively remove oil excess, make-up and any kind of dirt. Oiling works for any skin type. Sweet almond oil and jojoba oil are ideal for this purpose. I order mine through and they are perfect base ingredients. I mix them with castor oil, massage into the face, and rinse with warm water.


There are lots of different gels we can choose from, having different components, scents, prices, and size. On the one hand it is good to have a choice but on the other hand you can easily pick a wrong product filled up with strong detergents. I tested some quality gels:

  • Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face
  • CeraVe Cleansers

How about a foam?

Foam is more lightweight than gels. Despite that it can effectively cleanse the face. Foams work best for dry and sensitive complexion.

Here are the ones I like the most:

  • La Prairie Foam Cleanser
  • Clinique Anti-blemish Solutions Cleansing Foam

No matter which product you choose, the regularity is the secret to success. What are your favorite face washes?

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