If there is one skincare product I’m short-tempered about it’s a cleanser. If the new product doesn’t have a consistency that I enjoy or leaves oily or too dry aftermath… boy, bye! Over the last year or so I did find some super awesome products though. And this post explains what exactly attracted me in each cleanser in this roundup.
Best for Combo Skin:
I talked about this cleanser so many times that at this point it’s super repetitive. I have combo, acne prone skin with sensitive dry areas and this cleanser is the absolute best for all my problem areas. It never dries off my skin, it balances my T-zone, it contains non-irritating ingredients that are gentle enough to even use on my eyes, it’s perfectly foamy but not too bubbly… The list can go on and on. If you have combo skin I highly recommend you checking it out. I’m on my way to finishing my third 16 oz bottle and it talks a lot about the quality of the cleanser.
Shop: $14.99 at Ulta.
Best Cleansing Balm:
When I’m wearing a lot of makeup or just a full-coverage foundation, I love double-cleansing my skin to ensure that leftover makeup doesn’t clog my pores. So far, Elemis cleansing balm has been my absolute favorite! It features a decadently pleasant texture, works for my sensitive areas, and removes makeup like magic. I generally don’t use it on my eyes though as I feel that it messes us with my contacts and stick to micellar water instead. But if my contacts are out, this cleansing balm is perfect for removing such heavy-duty makeup like glitter and even false lashes!
Shop: $64 at Elemis.
Best Exfoliating Cleanser
Exfoliation is the key to clean and beautiful skin and recently I’ve been enjoying products that contain both physical and chemical exfoliating ingredients. This cleanser is particularly unique as it contains eco-friendly soft jojoba spheres for physical exfoliating and an impressive mix of AHAs and BHAs that brighten the complexion and improve skin texture on a chemical level. The cleanser features a very pleasant consistency that works ideally for my combo skin, and it doesn’t irritate my skin even if I use it twice a day.
Shop: $47 at Dermstore.
Best Cleansing Texture:
If you are into decadent cleanser textures, you must check out this cleansing mousse. The product’s texture is unique as it could get. It starts as a weightless cleansing oil that transforms into a gentle foaming cleanser on your skin. The cleanser is ideal for removing makeup and is perfectly suited for people who are obsessed with perfect textures on the tactile level.
Shop: $40 at Lancome.
Best for Sensitive Skin:
When something in my skincare routine goes south, I always come back to this super gentle and non-irritating cleanser. It’s soap-free and pH balanced to suit sensitive skin, not to mention beautiful semi-cleansing milk (but foamy!) texture. I also love using it as my morning cleanser – to ensure that my skin is not turning pink from irritation before applying makeup.
Shop: $28 at SkinStore.
Best Brightening Cleanser:
Recently turning 33 taught me one thing: the older you become, the less bright is your skin appearance. This notion is especially true when your skin is as pale as mine: every bad night of sleep or lack of hydration truly shows up. To fight nature, I’ve been using this brightening cleanser on the days when my skin is just not having the best time. The infusion of oxygen in this product refreshes my skin and acts as a perfect prep for my skin brightening masks. So for me, it’s a perfect “save my skin” kind of product – who doesn’t need a helper like that in their skincare routine?
Shop: $38 at Skin Better.
Best Clean Beauty Cleanser:
If you are into clean beauty, this uniquely textured cleanser is the way to go. It comes with a pump which is super convenient and hygienic and features the most beautiful texture. Ingredients-wise, the product is free of parabens, sulfates, dyes, etc. that could potentially do more harm than good. What it does contain though is humectants like hyaluronic acid and ceramides – so you can forget about that drying aftermath sensation after washing your face. Also, if you are a Millennial – duh, the color of this cleanser is perfectly pink!
Shop: $36 at Credo Beauty.
Best Foaming Cleanser:
Even though I love my La Roche Posay cleanser so much, recently this Bioderma one has been stealing my heart. Not only this cleanser is perfectly bubbly and non-irritating, I feel that it helps to calm down my skin irritations. Since I’m also using micellar water from the same line, I’m kind of loving this uniformity in my cleansing routine.
Shop: $14.90 at Dermstore.
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Reading this post, you are probably thinking, wow how many cleansers a girl can have? But since testing and reviewing products is my job and I really love sharing my thoughts with you guys I hope you understand that it’s made with the best intentions. Also, I’m convinced that just one cleanser is not enough. Sometimes you need a gentler or deeper cleanse, other times you need to exfoliate – so while I don’t say to you need every single item from this list, a bit diversity on your cleanser shelf is always a good idea.