Gel Cleansing 101: What Are Gel Cleansers?

The pandemic brought not only uncertainty in our lives but also comfort in the form of binge-worthy television and social media trends. TikTok saw an upward momentum in subscribers in 2020, going from 650 million plus subscribers in 2019 to over 1.7 billion users by the end of 2022. Its algorithm allows viewers to make each of their timelines unique, ranging in content from travel tips to skincare routines.

You may have even noticed a familiar face in SkincareStan’s (aka Juraj) recent TikTok where he discusses how to properly cleanse your face with our water-based Cica Redness Relief Nourishing Cleanser. It can be easy to assume we are performing our routines efficiently before we head out the door but that may not always be the case. For more emphasis on Juraj’s recommendations for well-rounded cleansing tips, hear from the expert himself below.

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“Most people take their gel cleanser and turn it into what is soapy water,” says Juraj in his tutorial. It’s important to learn to “emulsify your cleanser,” which essentially means combining two liquids or substances that don’t mix into a lightweight or watery formula.

Typically, in skincare, emulsions are created by two water-based compounds coming together to form a milky-textured product, or a cream-like texture, featured in Juraj’s demonstration. These final combinations don’t tend to ever fully mix, so don't worry too much if you feel you can't get it just right!

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Beginner Steps For Gel Cleansing

Once you have created your emulsified combination with your preferred gel cleanser, you apply the mixture to a dampened face for better absorption of the product. Juraj recommends cleansing for about one full minute to get the most out of your cleanser. Performing a cleansing routine for a shorter amount of time, though convenient, isn’t as effective when it comes to efficiently prep your skin for your AM or PM routine.

The end goal is to leave your skincare station with a fresher face than before. If you cleanse for a shorter period, you are not giving the product enough time to absorb fully below the skin’s surface, preventing the formula from performing its purpose. If you don’t want to rub it on your skin for a full 60 seconds, Juraj suggests at least 20 seconds in order to see desired results.

It is beneficial to note that the emulsification process is only a necessity for water-based gel cleansers. If using an oil-based cleanser, it can be applied on the face as normal, but you should still be applying the product for at least 20 seconds to reap all the benefits of the ingredients.

Benefits Of Gel Cleansing

There are a few different factors that make gel cleansers stand out from other substances. Of course, when testing a new type of product on your skin, and especially your face, it can be helpful to test patch in a discreet area first. Repeat that routine for a day to a full week to see if your skin has an adverse reaction to the product.

Everyone’s skin is different and even though many products and ingredients are suitable for all skin types or those with sensitive skin, you never know what may cause your skin to reject a product.

For starters, gel cleansers are recommended for deep cleanses and to effectively clean your face to prep it for other products, such as toners, serums, and oils. By reaching far below the epidermis, gel cleansers ensure your pores aren’t clogged and that you are removing excess debris, dirt, and any excess oils that may cause breakouts or concerns in the future.

Not only do gel cleansers contain numerous soothing and moisturizing properties, but dermatologists also love referring them to patients for their compatibility with oily or acne-prone skin conditions. By directly ridding the skin of unwanted bacteria in its cells and pores, you will not only clear your redness and acne but prevent future breakouts.

OUR PICK : Cica Redness Relief Nourishing Cleanser

This lightweight gel cleanser is formulated with soothing centella asiatica extract to help calm and soothe irritated skin. It also contains hyaluronic acid to help hydrate and plump the skin, leaving it looking and feeling its best. The Depology Skincare Cica Gel Cleanser is perfect for all skin types, including sensitive skin. It is also non-comedogenic and fragrance-free, so you can be sure it will not clog your pores or irritate your skin.

Here are some of the benefits of using the Depology Skincare Cica Gel Cleanser:

  • Helps to remove dirt, oil, and makeup without stripping the skin of its natural oils
  • Helps to hydrate and plump the skin
  • Helps to balance the skin's pH
  • Helps to reduce inflammation and redness
  • Helps to improve the appearance of acne scars and hyperpigmentation
  • Leaves the skin feeling soft, smooth, and refreshed

If you're looking for a cleanser that will help you achieve your skincare goals, then the Depology Skincare Cica Gel Cleanser is the perfect choice for you!


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Now that you’re aware of the science behind gel cleansers, why not give them the opportunity to be incorporated into your routine? “I really think this cleansing technique can have a big impact on the overall quality of one’s skincare routine,” says Juraj. “The more people who see it, the better!"