Cleansing Milk vs Face Wash

Have you ever been confused about face washes and cleansing milk?

Aren’t they simply the same product that does the same thing?

Should I be using both at the same time? Is one better than other?

Fear not we are here to help answer those questions that are floating around your head.

Lets first address the difference between a face wash and a cleansing milk.

A face wash is a cleanser that requires water to foam up and work deep into the pores to remove the day’s dirt and debris.

A cleansing milk also cleanses the skin by removing impurities, makeup and dirt but doesn’t require water to work. It also doesn’t lather up. It can feel more hydrating and soothing compared to a face wash, which makes you and your skin feel more refreshed and clean.

Although both are designed to clean your facial skin, a face wash can be harsh on sensitive and dry skin, because of its foaming action which strips the face of its natural moisture and irritates sensitive skin.

It works really well for combination, normal and especially oily combination. These skin types are slightly more resilient to the foaming action than others and will work really well at cleansing deep into their pores, helping to also create a more matte effect.

Can you use a cleansing milk and face wash at the same time?

Yes, you can but, it depends completely if you want to use both, and more importantly if your skin will be ok to use both.

Ideally, you should double cleanse at the end of the day to ensure all dirt and makeup has been removed. This is a good opportunity to use both in conjunction with one another.

You’ll first use a cleansing milk as the first stage of cleansing to rid your face of the day’s makeup, dirt and grime.

Once this has been done you can then go in and wash your face with a face wash. This will allow the face wash to clean deep into the pores, providing your skin with a soothed, cleansed and refreshed feel, ready for the next steps of your skincare routine.

Alternatively, you can use your face wash in the morning and your cleansing milk to double cleanse in the evening.

A lot of men and women prefer to use a face wash in the morning, rather than a cleansing lotion, simply because it can feel as though it is waking you up, making your skin feel tingly clean and refreshed.

Whereas a cleansing lotion feels more luxurious and soothing, something we naturally associate with being relaxed, which we then connect with as slowing down for the day and getting ready for bed.

Pros and cons of a face wash and cleansing milk

Face wash pros include;

  • A deeper clean
  • Refreshing feeling
  • Quick and easy to do
  • Perfect for oily skin
  • Can be used both am and pm

Face wash cons include;

  • Can be stripping of the skin’s natural moisture
  • Can be too harsh on dry and sensitive skins
  • Some contain soap and harsher ingredients

Cleansing milk pros include;

  • A luxurious, soothing and hydrating experience
  • Cleanses the face of all dirt, grime, makeup and bacteria that has built up throughout the day.
  • Doesn’t require water to work
  • Great for cleansing dry and sensitive skins
  • Tend to contain more natural ingredients that are less harsh
  • Quick and easy to use

Cleansing milk cons include;

  • Can be a little too heavy for those who have oily skin, as it could clog the pores if not fully removed
  • Finding the right one can be a little time consuming

We love to use both a face wash and a cleansing milk to truly cleanse our skin and gain that refreshed and luxurious, hydrating feeling.

We have a fantastic Foaming Face Wash that DOESN’T contain the harmful Sodium Laurel Sulphates to foam up, something we are super proud to bring to our customers.

Instead, we have included Irish Red Moss so it can naturally foam, and is, therefore, a lot gentler on the skin so everyone can use it.

Our perfect Gentle Cleansing Milk also contains nothing but natural ingredients to give you that ultimate, luxurious spa-like cleanse that not only your skin needs but your senses will love too. Packed full with many natural ingredients to bust that dirt, yet calm and hydrate your delicate skin, you’ll be sure to fall head over heels in love with it.

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2 responses to “Cleansing Milk vs Face Wash”

  1. Anna Avatar

    It’s the first time I use cleansing milk, should I not use water as face wash, what will happen if used as foam wash

    1. Karen Avatar

      Hi Anna, A face wash requires water to emulsify the product, cleansing milk is a light water based consistency so you do not need to add water to it, just apply with cotton wool or hands, massage over face and rinse with warm water.

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