How to choose foam, mousse, face soap

  • Kind
  • Purpose
  • Skin type, main components, effect of the product
  • Age
  • Peculiarities
  • Classification
  • Packing and volume


Penka — a face wash with a soft homogeneous consistency. It cleanses the dermis from impurities, sebum, make-up residues, and also allows you to solve individual skin problems.

Mousse — differs from the foam in a denser texture. A good choice for combination and sensitive skin.

There are other types of «washers» for the face, which differ in consistency, composition and action:

  • cosmetic soap — unlike ordinary soap, it does not contain alkali, it contains natural oils and plant extracts that improve skin condition;
  • cream soap — contains natural oils and other ingredients that moisturize and nourish the skin;
  • soap-mask — after application, it remains on the face for some time, intensively cleanses the dermis;
  • scrub soap — contains solid particles that remove dead skin, accelerates the regeneration process;
  • cream-foam, cream-mousse — effectively nourish and moisturize the skin, but differ from each other in different textures;
  • foam-mask — used for deep cleansing of the skin, after application, the product remains for some time on the face.


Most washrooms are for women. But there are cosmetics that are suitable for men (unisex). The formula of such products includes essential oil, plant extracts, hyaluronic acid. Make-up removal is not required before using these foams.

Skin type, main components, effect of the product

For all skin types suitable nutrients that supply the dermis with useful substances and thereby improve its condition. Contain glycerin, extracts of sea buckthorn, snail mucin or rosemary, shea butter, grape seeds. This product has a moisturizing effect — saturates the skin with moisture and prevents dehydration.

For oily skin it is better to choose “washers” without oils with fruit, lactic and salicylic acids, zinc, niacinamide. Such cosmetics deeply cleanses the skin of fat and impurities, normalizes the function of the sebaceous glands. It also provides an exfoliating effect — removal of dead cells. It will be useful to have chamomile, sage or menthol extracts in the composition.

For dry skin recommended products, which contain emollient oils (avocado, shea, coconut) and moisturizing ingredients — hyaluronic acid and allantoin. These products maintain the optimal hydrobalance of the skin. It is desirable that such «washers» contain probiotics and vitamins that enhance the barrier function of the skin.

For normal skin good products that effectively cleanse and moisturize. The composition of such products includes citric acid, allantoin, almond oil, coconut extract.

For combination skin need cosmetics that have moisturizing and cleansing components in their composition. Suitable foams with glycerin, thermal water, acacia honey, extracts of anise, white iris, French rose, aloe, tea tree.

For sensitive skin choose products of delicate consistency, delicately cleansing. The formula of these «washers» includes soothing ingredients — allantoin, shea (shea) and rosehip oils, thyme and calendula extracts, panthenol. This cosmetic removes redness and inflammation of the skin.

For problematic skin products that gently and deeply cleanse, eliminate excess fat and dead cells, and have an anti-inflammatory effect are suitable. Contains tea tree, rosemary or peppermint oils, zinc, betaine, charcoal, salicylic acid, algae extracts and snail mucin.

For aging skin it is better to choose «washers» with silk extracts, ginseng, hyaluronic acid, wheat germ oil. These products remove dead skin cells, moisturize and nourish, smooth wrinkles.

Meet make-up remover foams — this product removes light make-up, but will not cope with persistent. In the latter case, it is better to use special cosmetics first, for example, a two-phase agent, and only secondarily — foam.


There are “washers” for teenagers (15+) that have an anti-inflammatory effect. Also, this product fights acne and tightens pores. Most funds are intended for girls over 18 years old (18+).

More mature ladies (35+) choose cosmetics that have a rejuvenating and smoothing effect. Such «washers» resist skin aging and wrinkles.


Hypoallergenic — does not cause allergies. In such products there are no preservatives, flavors, dyes.

Natural (organic) — made on the basis of components of natural origin.

We are sulfated — such substances dry the skin and provoke irritation.

Without parabens — these components can cause allergic reactions and malignant tumors.

Soap free — this ingredient causes dryness and irritation of the skin. Soap-free products are preferred by people with sensitive skin.

Without silicone, mineral oil — these components contribute to the clogging of the pores of the skin and thereby disrupt the natural air exchange. As a result, the condition of the dermis worsens.


Mass market — budget foams, mousses, facial soap. Such products are designed for a wide range of consumers and contain a minimum of natural ingredients. These cleansers often contain sulfates.

middle market — cosmetics of the middle class, which differs from mass production in an increased concentration of natural ingredients. These foams and mousses will cost more.

Middle up — products of the high middle class, occupying an intermediate position between the «middle market» class and professional cosmetics. Contains more natural ingredients. These «washers» are quite expensive.

Pharmacy — used for therapeutic and prophylactic purposes and solves specific skin problems. Before buying this product, you should consult with a cosmetologist.

professional (salon), elite (luxury) — high-quality and expensive cosmetics.

Packing and volume

Most «washers» are sold in bottles, often with a dispenser that provides an economical use of the product. Many foams are packaged in tubes. The average volume is 100-170 ml.

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