What Is Situational Cleansing & What Do You Need to Know About It?

If you’ve been following the latest beauty trends and fashions, then you’ll be excited to try another beauty trend…. “Situational Cleansing”.

“Situational cleansing” is a term coined by Emily Parr, the founder of American skincare brand HoliFrog – it’s very popular in the beauty world. It’s especially good for you if your skin is unpredictable, or if you’re going through a stressful time (ahem) and your skin isn’t coping as well as it used to.

In short, situational cleansing is basically using different cleansing products depending on the “mood” of your skin. It’s about taking care of your skin’s needs as they come; not the usual one-size-fits-all approach.

So where do I start?
So, first, start with your skin type. Is it the dry and dehydrated type? You might want to try a creamy cleanser like the CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser, a $10.99 CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser. On the other hand, if your skin is oily and prone to breakouts, you may want to try a gel-based cleanser like Biossance Squalane + Tea Tree Cleansing Gel, $29.

Now, if you’ve worn a face full of makeup that day, or had a really sweaty job, we recommend a double cleanser (aka an oily cleanser and cleansing foam to start and finish off). Still at a loss, Holifrog has a handy category that tells you which cleansers should be used with which skin types.

At what point should the cleaning be done?
Parr told FabFitFun that in the morning, you should take about 60 seconds to cleanse your skin, and in the evening you should take about two minutes. This is because, well, your face is dirtier after a long day than it is after a good night’s sleep.

Do dermatologists approve of this approach?
Huffpost interviewed several dermatologists who said that situational cleansing can be good for specific skin issues, emphasizing skin health and general hygiene, but others noted that it can also be very expensive and confusing.

Basically, it boils down to this. Do you want to come up with a special cleansing system? Also, do you really have to remember which cleanser to use after staying up all night? There are good and bad things about this.

Should you give it a try?
There’s no evidence that situational cleansing has any negative side effects – why not try it? After all, we tend to think of skin care as self-care……. Plus, your skin is your biggest organ…….. We all know that if your skin doesn’t feel good, you don’t feel good.

If you’re interested in trying it, there are plenty of options – you can keep it up with an affordable cleanser…. Or, if you’re feeling fancy, you can test it out with Parr’s luxurious HoliFrog Facial Cleanser! (What we particularly like is that our product is Parr’s HoliFrog Cleanser. (We especially like the Kissimmee Vitamin F Therapy Balmy Wash ($42) and the Superior Omega Nutritive Gel Wash ($36).