Cleansing is one of those twice-a-day mundane tasks that few of us give much thought to. However, it is a fundamental part of your skincare routine and finding the right formula and using it correctly can make a huge difference to the quality of your skin.
A good cleanser removes dirt, grime, make-up and excess oil that could potentially block your pores and cause irritation and breakouts. What you don’t want is a formula that is too harsh and strips your skin of all its natural oils, which initially causes dryness but it can lead to excessive oil as your skin tries to overcompensate.
Whether you opt for a foam, oil, cream or gel cleanser it’s worth massaging the formula into your skin in circular motions to not only remove any impurities, but also to help boost circulation and leave you with a fresh glow. If you really want to supercharge your cleanse, invest in a Beauty Restorer, £35, which make a huge difference to your skin in just one minute. In the meantime though, here are the best cleansers depending on your skin concern…
Best balancing cleanser
If you’re a fan of iS Clinical you might assume that Active Serum or Hydra Cool Serum are the best-selling products, but it’s actually the Cleansing Complex, £35, and for good reason. With glycolic and salicylic acid, the formula not only cleans the top layer of your skin, but it also helps to unclog pores and remove any excess oil.
Best soothing cleanser
It’s not uncommon for your face to feel tight and squeaky after washing your face, but this is an indicator that your cleanser is too harsh for your skin. The beauty of Harborist Balm-Gel Cleanser, £25, is that it works on every skin type, but is particular good for dry, sensitive skin, especially as it’s fragrance-free. What starts as a thick gel, melts into more of an oil on contact with your skin, before it lathers up into a milk as you massage it in with water.
Best multitasking cleanser
While Lixirskin Electrogel Cleanser, £25, markets itself as an evening product, you can absolutely use it to wake up and refresh your skin in the morning. The creamy formula can be used as a traditional cleanser or applied to dry skin and left on for three minutes as a mask.
Best budget cleanser
It’s a favourite among make-up artists and models for the simple fact that Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser does what it says on the label. It’s gentle on your skin but still provides a thorough cleanse. It doesn’t contain fragrance, can be used all over your body and is just £8.99.
A note on face wipes…
You’d be hard pressed to find a dermatologist that would advocate face wipes, but if you really want to use them, opt for Derma E Hydrating Facial Wipes, £9, as these are biodegradable and are less likely to dry out your skin thanks to hyaluronic acid and grape seed.