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I often feel like the most hyped-up cleansers on the market don't work for my routine or my normal / dry skin type, so today I thought I'd share a few of my personal loves that no one seems to talk about! These products are gentle, non-foaming and broadly multi-use, so if you find that traditional washes don't work for your skin: keep reading...
First, let's talk about the Whind Oasis Fresh Dissolving Jelly Cleanser* | £32. I'm actually a huge fan of a makeup-removing product that comes in a tube; they just feel less faffy and more travel-friendly than a balm in pot! This product is perfect for that - it actually looks a bit like a gel when you first squeeze it out, but as you massage it onto the skin it becomes clear that it's a plant oil-based cleanser. It also contains Vitamin C and niacinamide, which are both great for skin-brightening, but I'd take their inclusion with a pinch of salt in a wash-off product (especially as the Vitamin C is ascorbyl palmitate, which isn't particularly effective). This is a fragranced product, which I personally enjoy for that sensory experience, and the only other thing to flag is that it does contain coconut oil, which not everyone's skin loves but I haven't found that this is difficult to rinse off the skin. I actually find it really effortless to melt this down into an oil, lift up my makeup and sunscreen as I massage it in, then splash my face with water so this transforms into a milk and remove my face with a damp cloth. I find it leaves my skin soft but not filmy, it removes everything effectively and it's just an enjoyable product to use!
Next we have my beloved Revolution Skincare x Sali Hughes Clean Sheet Morning Cleanser* | £10. This is a perfect travel cleanser because (as the name suggests) it's a wonderful gentle morning cleanse, but it can also remove light makeup and your daily sunscreen. It has this interesting hybrid texture; kind of creamy, kind of balmy, and it melts down into something a little more oil based (which is why it works to shift makeup) and emulsifies on contact with water. It leaves my skin soft with nourishing plant oils but there's no filmy or greasy excess left behind, which is why it works as a moisturising morning cleanse.
The Laneige Cream Skin Milk Oil Cleanser | £26.50 | is a gorgeous formula that I love for my skin. It's a super-light milk that works for a range of skin types and in a range of scenarios. It's formulated with ingredients like meadowfoam seed oil and jojoba oil to soften and moisturise the skin, as well as helping to cleanse the skin of makeup and sunscreen. I often use this as a morning cleanse or a one-step cleanse in the evening when I'm just wearing sunscreen. It can also lift up light makeup and tinted sunscreen, though it's not what I'd reach for after a night out, or anything like that. It's just one of those everyday staples that's easy to reach for and kind of always does the trick of giving a super-lightweight, gentle, non-foaming cleanse.
Next we have a cleansing balm in a bottle, which just feels quicker and easier for me, plus it's great for travel! The Cultured Biomecare Biome One Cleansing Balm* | £32 | has a really interesting formula; it almost comes out like a gel, but as you massage it into the skin, it moves to an oil-based texture that's great for gently lifting makeup. At the same time, this makes a lovely softening morning cleanse, especially as we head into the colder months. This is a fragrance-free formula with fermented ingredients to contribute towards strong and healthy skin, plus there are a bunch of lovely moisturising oils in the mix like jojoba, sea buckthorn, almond and sunflower. It's effective, it's great for dry skin types and has a dual function that I love.
We'll finish off with the Bubble Wipe Out Makeup Remover* | $14. The product name makes it sound like this is going to be one of those dual-phase makeup removers, but it's really not: think of it as like a Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish for Gen Z! It's a creamy cleanser that can be used as a morning cleanse or as a first cleanse in the evening when paired with a damp face cloth. Just massage it into the skin to loosen everything up and remove your face of makeup with the cloth. It's formulated with hydrating and replenishing fatty ingredients so it never fails to leave my skin soft and moisturised after use. If you don't want to use a harsh cleanser but you also don't love the feel of something oil-based: give this a go!
Have you tried any of these cleansers?