Get clean and clear skin with the best cleansers available on the market
Finding the best face cleanser for your skin type can be quite the challenge, especially because the long-term effects aren’t seen immediately.
Yes, your skin will instantly feel fresh, clean and soft (especially if you use a face cleanser brush), but in the long run, cleansers should also be a huge part of your anti-ageing regime. They work hard to fight off the years and reversing the daily effects of make-up and dirt on your skin – results that won’t be seen until much further down the line.
This is why you need to do your research or visit our sister site Powder who will find a cleanser that’s specifically matched to you. Like finding the best make-up remover for your skin, finding the ultimate cleanser for yourself in a saturated market can seem near impossible, so you’ve got to rely on recommendations from those who have tried them all.
That’s why we pulled together a team of beauty experts to give you a list of the best cleansers available on the market right now.
Face cleanser brush – do I need one?
A face cleanser brush, like the travel-friendly Clarisonic Mia Fit Device, takes your daily face wash to the next level. Using one of these in your skincare routine will leave your skin feeling smoother and will give your pores a much deeper clean than just using your hands or cotton pads.
The best face cleanser brushes are designed to be gentle enough for every day use, though if you have sensitive skin that’s easily irritated, it’s best to use every other day should you feel a bit wary about overdoing it with the scrubbing.
So, you know you want a face cleanser brush, but who do you buy from? Clarisonic and Clinique have an excellent range of face cleanser brushes on offer along with various different brush heads to suit your skin’s needs, but if you’re looking to spend a little less, No7 sell one of the best cleansing brushes on the high street for less pennies.
Best face cleanser for: Skin refresh
Fans of Eve Lom’s cult cleanser, which first launched 30 years ago, will love the new addition to their skincare family. Formulating a cleanser that’s ideal for the modern woman (lightweight, pump dispenser and no muslin cloth needed) to nourish, clean and fresh the skin. Key ingredients include shea butter, grapeseed oil and argan oil.
Best face cleanser for:Sensitive, easily irritated skin
Benefits: Lightly scented and soothing, this make-up removing cleansing cream is super gentle but packs a punch when it comes to cleansing power. You may be wary of using a cream cleanser near your eyes, but the formula is irritation free and removes every last scrap of even the toughest mascara.
Best face cleanser for: A deep cleanse
Benefits: This powerful balm deeply cleanses your skin to dissolve makeup and get rid of daily pollutants, without drying it out, so you end up with noticeably clearer skin that’s also hydrated.
Best face cleanser for: Combination skin
Benefits: There’s a reason why this plant-based cleanser is a multi-award winner. Phase one, removes all traces of daily grime and make-up, even stubborn mascara. Then, phase two polishes your skin by using the pure muslin cloth to gently dislodge dead skin cells, making it purified and smooth.
Best face cleanser for: All skin types
Benefits: Whether you have sensitive, oily, dry, blemish prone or combination skin, this cleanser will deeply clean while rebalancing your skin’s pH balance to provide, effective, gentle skincare without stripping away your natural protective oils.
Best face cleanser for: Oily skin
Benefits: Infused with jojoba exfoliating beads, this cleanser helps increase cell turnover and remove impurities while helping to balance your sebum production.
Best face cleanser for: Sensitive skin
Benefits: If your skin reacts to the simplest of beauty products, you need this wipe-off milk cleanser. It contains glycerine and La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water to deeply clean your skin without disturbing its normal balance and because you wipe it off with a cotton pad, you don’t have to worry about irritation from warm water.
Best face cleanser for: A morning refresher
Benefits: In the morning your skin doesn’t need a full cleanse, but because it’s gone through the process of cell renewal, you’ll want to give it a light wipe over with a micellar water. Micelles are a type of electrically charged particle that interacts with oils (such as the sebum our skin produces) to clean any surface, so all you need to do is wipe it over your face with a cotton pad.
Best face cleanser for: Acne prone skin
Benefits: Containing 2% salicylic acid (which works by breaking up the bond that sticks dead skin cells together and clog pores) this cleanser will get rid of daily grime without drying out your skin.
Best face cleanser for: Very dry skin
Benefits: This easy peasy cleanser protects and hydrates the skin while also removing make-up. Its patented cleansing technology and hyaluronic acid work together to protect your skin’s natural barrier and lock in moisture. No more dry skin woes.
Best face cleanser for: Anti-ageing booster.
Benefits: Enriched with cleansing agents, Absolue Advanced Replenishing Cream Cleanser helps to gently eliminate impurities and make-up, while bathing skin in luxurious comfort.