Are you having trouble finding the perfect facial wash for your skin? Here's a skin care guide to choose the best face cleansers for every skin need and skin type!
Choosing the right cleanser can be confusing as there are so many different types of cleansers out there - oil-based, water-based, foam, gel, cream...etc. With so many options, how do you know that you're using the right cleanser for your skin's particular needs? Here's a cheat sheet about how to pick the right type of cleanser for your skin type.
Foaming facial cleansers are probably the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a facial wash. These are generally lightweight cleansers that begin as a cream, liquid or gel that bursts into a foamy lather when combined with water. They are great at removing excess oil and impurities while gently exfoliating skin. If you have sensitive or acne-prone skin, make sure your foaming cleanser does not have Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) – a harsh foaming agent. SLS can strip the skin of its natural oils and dry out your skin causing irritation! SLS can give foaming cleansers a bad reputation, but there are many excellent foaming cleansers without this ingredient.
Ideal skin types: Combination to oily and breakout-prone skin of any age.
OLEHENRIKSEN The Clean Truth Foaming Cleanser
OLEHENRIKSEN Cleanser is a thick, foaming cleanser that creates a rich lather to gently remove makeup and impurities. It's rich in African red tea extract and vitamin C and makes every use an energizing spa-like experience.
Origins Checks and Balances™ Frothy Face Wash
A gentle daily cleanser easily rinses away makeup, impurities and surface oils for skin that feels comfortably clean. Features with broadleaf kelp extract, wheat protein, and tourmaline, leaving the skin feeling comfortably clean, refreshed and balanced.
Aromatica Sea Daffodil Cleansing Mousse
This 100% natural cleanser gently removes makeup, impurities, and dead skin cells with a natural enzyme Papain leaving skin feeling fresh, soft, and hydrated. It's vegan and cruelty-free skin care products.
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Gel skin care products are typically designed for deep cleansing. The facial pore cleansers do a great job at unclogging pores and removing excess oils and acne-causing bacteria from your skin. You massage the deep pore cleansers into your skin and then it rinses off. Functionally it is very similar to a foam cleanser.
Ideal skin types: Normal to combination and oily skin; acne-prone skin, even if it’s also sensitive or redness-prone.
Fresh Soy Fresh Cleanser
Fresh face wash with soy proteins that removes dirt and makeup without stripping skin of essential moisture. It's made with amino acid-rich soy proteins, calming cucumber extract, and balancing rosewater.
Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser
Cosrx cleanser is ormulated with Betaine salicylate(BHA), birch sap and other botanical ingredients to dissolves dead skin cells, clogged impurities, leaving skin clean and soft while balancing the optimal pH level. Vegan, cruelty-free and dermatologist tested.
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Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser
A hypoallergenic daily cleanser with five skin conditioners that won’t leave your skin irritated or feeling tight. Formulated with poloxamer, the same gentle cleansing agents found in contact lens solution make it safe for eyes.
Huxley Cleansing Gel Be Clean Be Moist
A pH balancing gel cleanser gently removing dirt, clogging impurities from pores. Enriched with organic prickly pear seed oil, cactus extract, hyaluronic acid, centella asiatica to hydrate the skin, revealing a supple radiant skin.
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Cream Cleansers/Cleanser Lotions
Cream and lotion cleansers have a thicker and creamier texture that packed with moisturizing properties. Formulated with water and oil, so removes most types of makeup and dirt at the same time without stripping the skin's natural oils. The deeply moisturizing cleansers are a great go-to face wash in winter, however, the heavier consistency has the potential to cause pore-clogging.
Ideal skin types: Normal to dry and sensitive skin types.
Murad Renewing Cleansing Cream
A moisture-rich cleansing cream transforms into a luxurious lather to remove impurities and gently exfoliate without over-drying skin. An encapsulated blend of lactic acid, a peptide, and an antioxidant helps brighten and renew for a more youthful-looking complexion.
La Roche Posay Toleriane Purifying foaming cream cleanser
La Roche Posay cleanser gently removes impurities and makeup from combination to oily sensitive skin without overdrying. Dermatologist Tested and fragrance-Free.
First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser
A fragrance-free, gentle cleanser that effectively removes makeup, dirt and grime, leaving skin soft and supple. The whipped texture transforms into a sumptuous cream when blended with water.
These innovative oil cleansers are creamy, rich cleansers that provide a moisturizing cleansing experience. Using their natural oils, they effectively latch onto dirt and impurities on the skin and also effectively remove makeup and sunscreen. The rich solid balms are perfect for step 1 of the Korean beauty double cleanse! The oils of balm cleansers also can effectively remove excess sebum clearing out extra oil and unclogging pores.
Facial sorbet-like cleansers work best when applied to dry skin and massaged into your skin with your fingers. Please be diligent to ensure you completely remove the balm afterwards!
Ideal skin types: Normal to very dry skin. Some balm cleansers can be too heavy for breakout-prone or oily skin so take care of choosing the right balm for your skin type!
Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Pure Luxury Cleansing Butter
Infused with pure 24K Gold in a solid-to-oil texture, this luxurious Cleansing Butter gently melts away makeup, dirt, and impurities as it imparts an opulent glow. Chamomile Butter and Honey deliver intense hydration as Kasturi Turmeric helps soothe the look of dry, sensitive skin.
Heimish All Clean Balm
A gentle oil cleanser effectively removes makeup, debris, and excess sebum without drying out the skin. Infused with natural aroma oils such as coconut oil and shea butter for softening your skin.
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Banila Co Clean It Zero Orginal
Best-selling Korean cleanser has a sherbet texture that melts into your skin while removing even waterproof makeup and all of your pore-clogging impurities. Formulated with acerola extract and spring water which rich in vitamins and minerals that help exfoliate and brighten skin.
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The oil cleansing method functions very similarly to cleansing balms! They use lighter oils and surfactants to remove dirt, oil, makeup and sebum from your skin. Don’t be afraid of adding oil to your skin! These oils help give your pores a good cleaning.
Ideal skin types: All skin types—even those with oily, problem skin—can use most cleansing oils, especially when used as part of a double cleansing process.
DHC Deep Cleansing Oil
A Japanese cleanser melts away makeup and dissolves impurities, leaving your skin clean, soft and radiant. Its botanical formulation features antioxidant-rich organic olive oil to soften and protect against free radical damage, and rosemary leaf oil to invigorate and refresh.
Urang Natural Cleansing Oil
A 99.9% natural cleanser is made with only EWG-verified natural organic ingredients. Formulated with nourishing seed oils - organic jojoba oil, organic sunflower oil, and other natural essential oils to gently remove makeup, waste and dead skin cells while calming skin, especially for redness and skin irritation.
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Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil
This 2-in-1 makeup remover and cleanser of Camellia Oil gently melts away impurities, even waterproof makeup, leaving behind pure, silky soft skin. Powered with Japanese camellia oil, green tea, rice and algae to help restore healthy-looking, youthful radiance.
Micellar Waters/Cleansing Waters
Cleansing waters are infused with tiny oil molecules and surfactants (known as micelles) which absorb oil and impurities from your skin. They are effective at removing even the toughest makeup with zero irritation as they are generally alcohol free. They are quite easy to use as well! Dab some cleansing water on a cotton pad and swipe away the grime from your skin. Insider tip: Cleansing waters can be useful for mid-day cleanses between sunscreen reapplication – just carry a small bottle in your bag with some cotton balls! This helps prevent the clogging of pores.
Ideal skin types: All skin types, but many prefer to use a traditional cleanser afterwards to ensure all makeup has been removed.
Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1
This All-in-1 cleanser is surprisingly powerful yet gentle to skin. Formulated to effectively cleanse, remove makeup, and refresh skin. Like a magnet, micelles capture and lift away dirt, oil, and makeup, leaving skin perfectly clean, and refreshed without over-drying.
Klavuu Pure Pearlsation Marine Collagen Micro Cleansing Water
A micro cleansing water that contains microparticles to deeply cleanse pore-clogging impurities, makeup, and dead skin cells without drying out the skin. Enriched with pearl extract, marine collagen, and fermented yeast to brighten, soften, and moisturize the skin.
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Bioderma Sensibio H20
Sensibio H2O uses micelles, which are molecules with fatty acid esters that capture impurities while respecting your skin’s balance and its phospholipids. Unlike similar products, Sensibio H2O contains no alcohol or paraben and it soothes the skin with a cucumber extract.
Benton Tea Tree Cleansing Water
A vegan cleanser contains only 10 natural ingredients to gently remove makeup, impurities, and excess sebum. Infused with 70% tea tree leaf water, tea tree oil to help calm acne, irritations, blemished skin, redness skin with its antibacterial agents, leaving skin refreshed and relaxed.
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Clay facial cleansers are formulated with clay to clear out clogged pores and absorb excess oil, toxins to leave skin smooth and clean. Clay is known for detoxifying benefits and has powerful absorbing capacities to draw out wastes from the surface of your skin. Clay-based skin care products are especially good for acne-prone oily skin and sensitive skin types. Some are gentle enough for everyday use and still offer similar benefits that you will get from exfoliating.
Ideal skin types: Oily, combination, congested and acne-prone skin types.
Dermalogica Dermal Clay Cleanser
A skin-perfecting formula provides deep-cleansing to oily, congested skin. Water-soluble kaolin and green clays combine with purifying extracts to remove excess oils and refine the skin's texture. Anti-inflammatory cucumber and healing sage soothe irritation, while refreshing menthol revitalizes even the most tired skin.
Heimish All Clean White Clay Foam
This clay cleanser is formulated with Amazon's white clay kaolin to detoxify and balance the skin while removing dead skin cells, excess sebum, and impurities. It helps decrease levels of pore-clogging oils, dirt, and toxins while controlling oil production.
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L'Oréal Pure Clay Detox & Brighten Cleanser
A clay-to-mousse daily cleanser is powered by 3 different clays in their pure form and enhanced with a nature-sourced ingredient to remove everyday impurities without overdrying. Use after use, dull skin appears more radiant and luminous.
Bar Cleansers (Soap)
Bar cleansing soaps have a bad rap for leaving skin drying or flaky, however, facial soap bars can be formulated with moisturizing ingredients that nourish the skin and balance the pH levels. If you have oily skin then you may reap the biggest benefits from soap cleansers, especially those with clay or charcoal. These days cleansing bars are made with gentle ingredients to cater to every skin type and it's great eco-friendly beauty products since mostly sold in plastic-free packaging.
Ideal skin types: Oily skin to Combination skin types.
Herbivore Botanicals Pink Clay
French Pink Clay, a gentle clay known for drawing out impurities, cleanses without stripping or drying out your skin. A silky smooth lather helps soften both facial and body skin with light citrus and floral scent. Each bar is unique and hand-crafted with love.
Some By Mi AHA BHA PHA 30 Days Miracle Bar
A chemical exfoliant soap gentle yet effective exfoliator that removes dead skin cells and impurities. Enriched with AHA BHA PHA and 10,000 ppm of tea tree to calm redness, inflammation, a 2% blend of niacinamide to brighten your skin. Featuring Ecocert-certified organic olive oil and argan oil to soften and hydrate skin while exfoliating and refining texture.
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Shea Moisture African Black Soap Bar with Shea Butter
A bar of natural soap is made from palm and plantain peel ash and a combination of various oils that have been used in Africa for centuries to balance oily skin. SheaMoisture's African Black Soap combines Cocoa Pod Potash, Coconut Oil, and Shea Butter and should be used daily to help balance dry skin.
Enzyme powder cleansers come in a form of powders and turn a bit creamy or foamy when they blended with water. This innovative cleansing method has been long used amongst Japanese and Korean women with milled powers made of oat, rice bran. Cleansing power can be made customizable consistency to suit your skin types depending on how much water you mix in. Add a little water it becomes a thicker and stronger scrub for a deeper exfoliation, making it good for oily skin. On the other hand, using more water makes it a softer and gentle cleanser. This is a great form of cleanser for sensitive skin because it's likely gentler than other stronger exfoliants. In addition, it's a travel-friendly formula that can fit in both carry-ons and gym bags.Ideal skin types: Oily skin to combination and sensitive skin types.
Cosrx Low pH Centella Cleansing Powder
A mild exfoliating power cleanser made of two water-activated enzymes (Protease and Lipase) that gently remove excess sebum, dead skin cells, and pore clogged impurities. Formulated with centella asiatica to relieve irritated skin, blemished skin, acne redness. This Cosrx cleanser is vegan and cruelty-free.
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Clinique Fresh Pressed Renewing Powder Cleanser with Pure Vitamin C
A water-activated powder cleanser with fresh Vitamin C to purify, brighten, retexturize. Ultrafine powder activates with water for an exhilarating cleansing experience that delivers visible benefits. Instantly skin is awakened, purified, with a refined texture and brighter look. Non-drying, non-stripping formula is gentle enough for use each morning.
Biore Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub
Biore Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub gently exfoliates your skin then naturally dissolves so you never over-scrub. This innovative powder activates with water to deep clean pores and leaves your skin visibly smoother in just one week. Activates with water for a deep clean & gentle exfoliation.