Washing our faces is a daily basic, but to have truly clear, healthy skin, paying attention to this step is necessary. Effectively clearing your pores with gunk will not only keep bacteria away, but it can also make your skincare products work better. Here, we school you on the best way to cleanse your face depending on your skin type or lifestyle.

If you're prone to pimples

Lather your face with a facial wash with ingredients that can stop bacteria from spreading and prevent inflammation. Look for these clear skin all-stars on the label: salicylic acid, tea trea extract, or turmeric—these can prevent pimples, whiteheads, and blackheads from forming.

TRY: The Body Shop Tea Tree Foaming Facial Wash, P595, at SM Megamall

When your skin is ultra sensitive

Use a fragrance-free, colorant-free, soap-free cleanser that restores pH balance on your skin.

TRY: Burt's Bees Sensitive Skin Facial Cleanser, P1,150 at Beauty Bar

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You wear makeup often.

We're not just talking about you doing the whole makeup shebang (foundation, eyeshadow, blush—the plakado face). This also includes the low-maintenance beauty products, like BB cream, pang-kilay, and powder! You see, these babies are mostly oil-based and washing with a foam cleanser alone isn't enough. 

What you must do is double-cleanse. First, you take off the makeup (whether light or heavy) with an oil-based cleanser, like a cold cream, a cleansing oil, or a cleansing balm, and then you just use your favorite cleanser. This step assures you of immaculate pores.

TRY: Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Cleansing Oil, P1,800 at Greenbelt

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If you want to score the Korean cottony soft skin

Follow the double-cleansing method (as explained above), and use a hydrating cleanser. Refrain from using a towel to dry your skin. Instead, do a quick massage on your damp face, and then immediately apply your skincare products for ultra-hydration. Here's a thorough video below that explains it:


TRY: Origins Three-Part Harmony Cream-to-Oil Cleanser, P2,300 at SM Makati

When you're just too tired 

There are nights when we'd rather head to bed than go to the bathroom to wash our face. And because you are aware that going to bed with an unwashed face is a HUGE no-no, resort to these instead: micellar water (aka cleansing water) or cleansing wipes. Both can remove makeup and dirt while hydrating your skin.

TRY: L'Oreal Micellar Water, P225, at department stores

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