The Best Facial Cleanser for Your Skin Type

  Knowing your skin type is the key to healthy, balanced and hydrated skin. Here is a quick guide to the best cleansers suited to the six most common skin types.

The right face cleanser: tips for every skin type

Every skin is different. We have summarised which products are the right ones, and what you should look out for if you have dry, oily, sensitive or combination skin.

Dry and sensitive skin

Dry skin 
Dry skin lacks oil and moisture. If you use the wrong product, irritation can occur or small scales can even start to form. Therefore, a gentle cleansing milk with moisturising ingredients is suitable for dry skin. For example, NIVEA Gentle Cleansing Cream with Almond Oil and Purified Water. You can find out more about dry skin here.


Sensitive skin 
Sensitive skin is easily irritated and must be treated particularly carefully. Use a mild cleanser for your face or a gentle fluid with soothing ingredients. NIVEA WonderBar Sensitive Cleansing Bar, with grape seed oil, is optimised to your skin's pH level to calm and soothe sensitised skin. At the same time, it cleanses thoroughly and moisturises. You can find out more about sensitive skin here.

Normal and combination skin

Normal skin 
In healthy, normal skin red patches, spots and dry areas rarely occur. To ensure that you maintain this pleasant feeling skin for a long time, you should use mild and moisturising products for cleansing. A cleansing milk or a refreshing washing gel is suitable for normal skin. If you’re in a hurry when cleansing your face, gentle cleansing wipes are a good alternative. NIVEA Gentle Facial Cleansing Wipes with Almond Oil remove make-up and waterproof mascara easily. You can find out more about normal skin here


Combination skin 
Combination skin has two skin types involved: dry cheeks and an oily T-zone. Products that moisturise the dry areas but do not make them oily are ideal for you. A mild washing gel cleanses thoroughly and gently. Use NIVEA Naturally Good Micellar Wash Gel with Organic Aloe Vera for your combination skin’s needs. In addition to thoroughly cleansing your face, your skin will be revitalised and moisturised at the same time. You can find out more about combination skin here.

Oily and mature skin

Oily skin 
Oily skin often tends to have impurities and is therefore reliant on thorough cleansing. An anti-bacterial wash scrub, such as NIVEA Clean Deeper Daily Wash Scrub with Magnolia Bark Extract is the right choice. You should always avoid using products containing oil if you have oily skin! You can find out more about oily skin here.


Mature skin
Mature skin has a lot of demands. As we grow older, it becomes drier, thinner and loses its elasticity. Therefore, it needs an extra dose of moisture – even when cleansing. For the special needs of more mature skin, we recommend cleansing creams with refreshing effect and a microbiome balance: NIVEA Refreshing Cleansing Lotion, with Lotus Flower and Vitamin E, removes make-up and dirt thoroughly, and cleanses without drying out the skin. You can find out more about oily skin here.

Be kind to your skin

The skin on your face is particularly sensitive: you should avoid rubbing vigorously with a towel or using water that is too hot. Instead, remove mascara and other make-up slowly and gently with a cotton pad.

Always read the label. Follow the directions for use.