I first got hooked on face cleansers when I was a beauty editor at a glossy celebrity weekly magazine. One cleanser in particular, Fresh’s Soy Cleanser, which smells like fresh cucumbers with a hint of rose, came across my desk and things were never the same. I loved everything about that product, the way it felt on my skin, the liquid gel texture, and how it made me excited about washing my face.
Since I pretty much stick to a rigid anti-aging routine, the one thing I get to play with is a cleanser. They can be basic or indulgent and there are a bunch out there that suit your skin needs and wallet. The past few months, I got some great cleansers in my hands and have not looked back. They work for all skin types, clean well and won’t dry out the skin, plus some even remove makeup easily, which is a plus in my book. Here are my current favorites:
I haven’t really loved an oil-based cleanser till I tried this one. This contains kefir, which is rich in probiotics so it’s great for sensitive skin and helps with inflammation, as well as ceramides, kelp and rice bran oil to keep skin plump and hydrated. It’s not too oily or heavy, and I love how it dissolves makeup on contact and leaves skin soft and smooth. Now that the temperature has dipped, this cleanser won’t be leaving my vanity.
Cleansing balms are all the rage these days as they are super-gentle and moisturizing, but remove makeup and dirt really well. This new gel-to-balm formula smells exactly like the original cult cleanser — a mix of eucalyptus, clove, hops and chamomile oil —feels luxurious on skin, hydrates and is way easier to use than the original balm. I like to massage one or two pumps into dry skin really well and over my eyes, and then rinse for a pretty soft glow.
This checks all the boxes that I like to get in my cleanser: one that lightly suds, washes away without leaving it tight or dry after washing and has a light fresh scent. It contains natural and organic ingredients such as soapberry, which cleanses the skin gently, helps fight acne causing bacteria and evens tone, white tea extract for antioxidant protection, aloe vera and Spirulina for healthy firmer skin.
This face wash is highly addictive. I love the creamy gel-based texture and smell of rosewater, plus it makes my skin feel soft and smooth after washing. You can use it on wet or dry skin and it’s super gentle, but works well enough to remove most makeup. It contains rosewater, mild cleansing agents and Pro-Vitamin B5, so it hydrates and calms the skin. Bonus points for the travel-friendly pump so I can take it on the road with me.
I was staying at a friend’s house who reps R+F and she urged me to try this cleanser to keep flare ups at bay. It’s geared towards those with acne and rosacea, and the main ingredient is sulfur, which I have used in the past to keep my skin clear. I like to use this when my skin is a bit congested and when I feel a pimple coming on. The purple hue is fun and it tends to smell a bit more medicinal than other cleansers I’ve used, but I like how it is gently cleanses and works to keep acne in check.
Do you have a favorite cleanser? I’m always looking out for a new one. Please share in comments if you do have a favorite I should try.