I just love the feeling of getting in bed with a freshly scrubbed face. Same as taking out my contacts and brushing my teeth, I just feel better when I take the time to wash my face; as opposed to haphazardly just using a face wipe, or worse, falling asleep in my makeup. I always have multiple cleansers in my arsenal, and love trying new ones, so here are some of my faves for your pleasure!
It's been a staple in my face-washing routine since I was in high school. It's gentle, effective, and affordable. It's in my shower as a backup for when I run out of my fancier stuff, and I will love it forever.
I love cold creme cleansers because they leave you with an entire different feeling after you use them than traditional soap does. The smell is incredibly nostalgic and makes me feel like I've stepped back into another time. I used this when I was doing a lot of theater and needed a heavy duty makeup remover. It leaves a moisturizing film on your skin that may be too heavy if you have oily skin, but is perfect for when you need to moisturize your face after a night of thick, drying makeup.
I'm a longtime fan of Mario Badescu, and their Enzyme Cleansing Gel has been in my rotation for years. It leaves your skin feeling soft and squeaky clean, but not drying. It's great for removing makeup and helps prevent acne. I used it when my skin went crazy in my mid-twenties and it helped immensely.
As with all of Lush's products, I love that Ultrabland is cruelty-free and made of natural products! It's similar to a cream cleanser in that you apply it to your dry face and then wipe it off with a washcloth or a scrub. It leaves a slight film on your skin, keeping it extra moisturized. I love it and use it all the time. It feels super luxurious at a reasonable price-point. As a bonus, it smells divine and helps your eyelashes grow!
I've written about my love for Bioderma before, and while many use it simply as a makeup remover, in France it's considered a facial cleanser. Most French women don't use water to wash their faces, instead they use Bioderma on a cotton ball and then if they feel like they need a bit more of a refresher they apply some toner. It's a bit more expensive since it runs out a bit quicker, but it is extremely refreshing and leaves my skin feeling smooth and bright!
Oil cleansing is here to stay! I've been afraid of it in the past because it seems counter-intuitive to clean your oily face with oil, but it actually is helpful if your skin overproduces oil. It helps balance out your skin while depositing anti-aging goodness all over your skin. Common oil cleansers are made of jojoba oil, argan oil, rose-hip oil, and more; all of which have been proven to help reduce wrinkles and moisturize. You rub the oil all over your face, then wash it off with water; when it mixes with water it turns into a milky cleanser and wipes off clean.
All of Juice Beauty products are made of natural, plant-based materials so you know that what you're using is safe and good for the environment. The cleansing milk is wonderfully gentle, I use it when I'm feeling especially heat rash-y or sensitive. It has a smooth texture that feels more expensive than it actually is!
I got a sample of this guy a while back and was totally hooked. If it weren't for the fact that it's slightly out of my price range, I'd use it all the time. It has lactic acid in it, which basically gives you baby skin and is slightly exfoliating.
What are your favorite cleansers? Have a lovely week!