As advocates for ethical, active skincare that works, we get asked about cleansers ALL the time.

With so many brands, treatment types and formulations on the market, we understand choosing a cleanser can be confusing but it’s impossible for us to tell you which cleanser you should use.

As the ideal skincare routine is largely dependent on skin type and lifestyle factors such as sleep, nutrition and gut health, we recommend you always receive personalised advice regarding skincare.

That said, here are six general tips from Biologi to make sure you have a great cleanse, every time.

1)Choose a cleanser that suits your skin type

Cleansers come in all shapes and bottle size and understanding the formulation of the product and how it will react with your skin type is crucial.

Often with skincare, consumers are in the habit of doing what they’ve always done. They’ll wash their face at the end of the day with a harsh, foam cleanser that makes the skin tingle because they’ve never considered anything different.

Now we want you to question habits and make sure you’re using the right kind of cleanser for your skin type:

Here are our recommendations:

Cream cleansers

If you have dry skin, a harsh foaming cleanser may dehydrate it further. Add moisture with a cream cleanser that will add hydration while removing grime.

Gel cleansers

Gel cleansers are a neutral product that suit most skin types as they’re not too harsh. Gel cleansers are effective in treating oily skin also as they don’t contain the clogging ingredients that make occlusion and oily skin worse.

Oil-based cleansers

While it may seem counterproductive to put oil onto oily skin, oil-based cleansers work to break down the skin’s natural oils and balance the PH. Choose an oil-based cleanser if your skin is prone to excess sebum.

2) Learn what ingredients mean

Learn to read your ingredients label to find out what you’re really putting on your skin, and therefore exposing your system to.

Mainstream cleansers are notorious for adding cheaper, harsh synthetics to create smells and formulations in their cleansers which do nothing more than cause further irritation and damage cells.

We don’t name brands but look for the common ingredient ‘propylene glycol’ on your cleanser or makeup remover label. It may also be labelled as PEG, PG or Propandiol, hexylene glycol.

This is a common ingredient in mainstream cleansers and is the main ingredient in anti-freeze, de-icer and brake fluid.

Long-term use of cleansers and makeup removers containing ingredients such as propylene glycol will harm your skin cells.

3) Always double cleanse at night

One cleanse at night is rarely sufficient to remove all traces of makeup, toxins and grime for the day. We recommend removing the outer layer of makeup and dirt with a wet face halo (toxin free) and follow up with a cleanser to suit your skin type.

The second cleanse gives a more thorough clean to allow hydrating serums to penetrate deeper and get to work deep within the dermal layer.

4) Cleanse in the morning

For some reason, cleansing is often considered a night-time-only activity. While you sleep, your pores are exposed to toxins in the air, from the pillow, and bacteria from pets which may sleep in the room too.

Thoroughly cleanse in the morning before applying sunscreen and serum to make sure cells start the day clear.

5) Look at the cost

It’s simply impossible to formulate a cleanser using quality ingredients for some of the charges we see on the shelf. If skincare claims to be natural or ‘ethical’ and you’ve still got change from $20, this should sound alarm bells.

We understand that not everyone has the budget to spend on expensive formulations with quality ingredients, so consider putting a good quality cleanser on your birthday or payday bonus list, your cells will thank you.

6) Avoid fragrance

The signs of sensitised skin such as stinging and redness, are often caused by harsh fragrances which are the number one allergen in Australia.

There is no reason for a fragrance to be added into a skincare product apart from to cover up the smell of chemical ingredients (which may have a nasty odour in their natural form). Regardless of your skin type, the fragrance may cause sensitised skin which can be avoided.

With a brand promise to only provide 100% active products, Biologi simply can’t add cleanser to our existing product range, but there are more natural, ethical options when choosing a cleanser.

Cleansing is the most crucial first step in both a night and daytime skincare routine. If you notice signs of sensitised skin at any point, stop what you’re doing and re-assess the products you’re using.

To receive tailored skincare advice personalised to you, contact one of our skincare experts today.


  • Hi,

    I’m really struggling on knowing what cleanser to buy. I’ve been using skinstitut products for a long time, and think my skin needs a change. I’d also like to use something more natural, but something that works. I’m off the pill for the past 3 months and am experiencing some breakouts due to androgen rebound, excess sebum etc.
    can you recommend a cleanser or some brands that I could consider? (I wish you guys had a cleanser then it would make my choice a lot easier!)

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