Curating the perfect wardrobe of cleansers is so much more important than you might think. In fact, if you are currently suffering from a dull, lackluster complexion chances are you are using the wrong cleanser for your skin’s current needs. As such Sarah and I believe having just one cleanser these days is no longer enough. That being said, I know for some buying a new cleanser can seem a little bit overwhelming, especially considering how many different options there are available today. Which got us thinking it was about time we sat down together to create a post dedicated exclusively to cleansers – after all, it is the most important step in any given routine. So whether you have dry, normal or oily/combination skin, our carefully selected options are here to help.
The Wipes – Clinique Take The Day Off Micellar Cleansing Towelettes (50 per pack) £16
When Best To Use: On flights and/or at festivals – basically wherever access to running water is limited.
How To Use: Lift the seal to remove a towelette, unfold it completely and then using both sides gentle wipe the towelette over your whole entire face, neck and eye area until all of your makeup has been removed. Once you have removed all of your makeup there is no need to rinse your face, instead, simply reseal the packaging to keep the towelettes fresh for next time.
Recommend For: All skin types
The Cleansing Water – Bee Good Honey & Wild Water Mint 3-in1 Cleansing Water (100ml) £10
When Best To Use: At night when you need to quickly and effectively remove stubborn eye or lip makeup.
How To Use: Before you start your nighttime skincare routine apply a generous amount to a cotton wool pad or two and proceed to gently sweep them over your eyes and lips remembering not to tug at your skin, after all, it is incredibly delicate.
Recommended For: All skin types
The Oil Cleanser – Nude Perfect Cleansing Oil (100ml) £28
When Best To Use: In the morning as a hydrating cleanse or in the evening to remove all of your makeup.
How To Use: Warm two to three pumps between the palms of you hand and then massage it onto your dry face, eyes and neck. Apply warm water to your fingertips and massage your skin once more – by doing this you will turn the oil into a light milk. Then simply remove everything with a damp lukewarm washcloth.
Recommended For: Dry and/or dehydrated skin types
The Gel Cleanser – Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel (100ml) £29.50
When Best To Use: During your morning routine as it has a light exfoliating effect on the skin.
How To Use: Massage into dry skin, add a little water to emulsify and then simply remove with a warm damp flannel/washcloth.
Recommended For: Dull, dry and/or blemish prone skin.
The Foaming Cleanser – Zelens Z Detox Clarifying Foaming Cleanser (150ml) £48
When Best To Use: During your morning routine as this cleanser contains Alpha Hydroxy Acids that help to gently exfoliate your skin – aka the key to smooth and healthy looking skin.
How To Use: Pump the cleanser into your hands and work into a lather. Massage gently into your face using circular motions making sure to avoid your delicate eye area. Rinse off with a lukewarm washcloth.
Recommended For: All skin types
The Cream Cleanser – Sarah Chapman Skinesis Rapid Radiance Cleanse (100ml) £29
When Best To Use: As the first step in your morning routine as this particular cleanser contains vitamin C and acids such as lactic and salicylic, all of which help to gently de-clog, smooth and brighten your skin.
How To Use: Massage all over your face, neck and décolletage (making sure to avoid your delicate eye area) and then gently wash way with a damp lukewarm washcloth. It is also worth noting you can leave this cleanser to sit on your skin for 2 minutes whilst you brush your teeth as it also doubles up a brilliant brightening mask.
Recommended For: Fatigued faces seeking radiance
The Balms Cleansers (we have three options because we couldn’t possibility pick just one)
Algenist Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Melting Cleanser (150ml) £32
When Best To Use: During your second cleanse in the evening as it is a really great one to use for facial massage.
How To Use: Apply a sufficient amount over your entire face, neck and décolletage when your skin is dry. Then gently massage into the skin using circular motions in doing so the gel consistency of this cleanser will transform into a luxurious oil. Keep massaging away and then when you are ready simply apply a little water to transform the oil into a lightweight, milky emulsion and then you can quickly and effectively rinse it away using a lukewarm washcloth.
Recommended For: Dry and/or dehydrated complexions
Rodial Glamtox Cleansing Balm (100ml) £25
When Best To Use: In the evenings be it to remove all of your makeup or to thoroughly cleanse your skin after removing your makeup.
How To Use: Gently massage a small amount onto a dry face, neck and décolletage. Add a little water and then remove with a damp lukewarm washcloth.
Recommended For: All skin types, but especially those who want to improve the appearance of our uneven skin tone / hyperpigmentation
Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm (100ml – travel size pictured) £40
When Best To Use: When your skin is crying out a little extra nourishment.
How To Use: Warm a sufficient amount in the palm of your hands and then simply massage the oil over your dry face, neck and décolletage using circular movements. Moisten your fingertips and continue to massage. Once you finished massaging remove with a lukewarm, damp washcloth. For an intensely-nourishing treatment you can also use this product as a face mask – simply apply a teaspoon sized amount to clean skin, relax for 10 minutes and then remove with a washcloth.
Recommended For: All skin types
The Twice A Week Cleansing Treatment – Origins By All Greens Mask (75ml) £32
When Best To Use: In the morning once or twice a week in place of your regular cleanser.
How To Use: Apply a thin layer directly onto dry skin. Don’t blend or rub it in – just let it sit. The foam will start to develop and then when you are ready simply wet your fingers and massage the mask in circular motions to remove dirt, pollution and toxins. Rinse off well or remove with a damp lukewarm washcloth (aka our preferred option).
Recommended For: City skin
“Beautiful skin requires commitment, not a miracle.” – Erno Laszlo