Best cleanser

Best cleanser: Discover which face cleanser best suits your skin from oily to dry and acne-prone

17th January 2020 | Author: Elly Rewcastle

The best cleanser not only removes dirt and oil, it prepares the skin for every product that follows.

It helps your skin better absorb serums and moisturisers, it can balance oil or smooth dry patches, and it’s vital when it comes to keeping your face clean to reduce or prevent spots and blemishes.

It’s also great for when you want to clean your makeup brushes and beauty blenders.

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The problem is that not only do you need to choose a face cleanser for your skin type, there are various different types of cleanser to choose from including gels to foams, oils, creams and more.

To help guide your decision, you can discover which face cleanser best suits your skin and budget in our list of best cleansers below.

Best cleanser

  1. Editor’s Pick/Best cleanser for oily skin: La Roche Posay Effaclar Purifying Cleansing Gel £12.50
  2. Bargain Buy/Best all-rounder: Garnier Micellar Water
  3. Luxury Buy: La Mer The Cleansing Foam
  4. Best cleanser for dry/combination skin: Clinique Liquid Facial Soap
  5. Best for sensitive skin: Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser
  6. Best cleanser for acne-prone skin: Carbon Theory Cleansing Bar
  7. Best gentle cleanser: Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel

1. Editor’s Pick: La Roche Posay Effaclar Purifying Cleansing Gel

£12.50 | Buy now from Feelunique

Why we love it: A must-have for acne-prone, oily skin, this gentle foaming gel has a lightweight consistency that builds up as you lather it in, drawing out toxins, impurities and excess oil. It leaves your skin feeling clear and clean without drying it out and a little goes a long way. 

You can read more about why this is hands-down the best cleanser we’ve ever used in our La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Cleanser review

Buy now from Feel Unique

2. Best cleanser on a budget: Garnier Micellar Water

£5 | Buy now from Amazon

Why we love it: The ultimate holy grail cleanser, one bottle of Garnier’s Micellar Water lasts ages and it removes all traces of makeup without feeling too harsh on the skin. It nourishes and hydrates all in one step, without a complex routine of rinsing needed. However, it does work incredibly well as part of a two-step cleanse, as micellar water is the perfect way to get rid of stubborn makeup – waterproof mascara we’re looking at you – without having to irritate the skin by rubbing.

Buy now from Wilko

 3. Best luxury cleanser: La Mer The Cleansing Foam

£72 | Buy now from Amazon

Why we love it: An expensive choice but nothing removes impurities like La Mer. A silky smooth texture with divine scent, a little goes a long way in protecting the skin against redness, breakouts and pollution while minimising pores and leaving skin feeling soft and hydrated.

READ NEXT: Which moisturiser best suits your skin?

Buy now from Amazon

4. Clinique Liquid Facial Soap

From £16.50 | Buy now from Amazon

Why we love it: Perfect for all skin types, but with amazing benefits for dry to combination skin, this liquid soap has a gentle formula that doesn’t dry out the skin. Used morning and night, this cleanser removes dirt and dead skin and gives you a perfect base for exfoliating and toning, leaving your face feeling clean and fresh.

Buy now from Amazon

5. Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser

£20 | Buy now from Amazon

Why we love it: A lightweight, mousse-like formula, Clarins’s Gentle Foaming Cleanser is a godsend for combination skin. It contains coconut extracts, which leave your skin feeling soft and nourished and doesn’t irritate or leave your skin feeling dry or taut. Plus it smells so fresh.

Buy now from Amazon

 6. Carbon Theory Cleansing Bar

£6 | Buy now from Beauty Bay

Why we love it: Perfect for those who suffer from breakouts, as this charcoal cleansing bar keep skin looking balanced, clear and hydrated. It draws out bacteria, toxins and excess oil while reducing redness and ensuring your skin feels soft and hydrated. The only downside is that it doesn’t come with a container and the charcoal ingredients can leave marks, so a soap dish/container is a must.

Buy now from Beauty Bayt

7. Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel

£32.50 | Buy now from Amazon

Why we love it: This iconic cleanser, which contains naturally-foaming soapbark extracts, gently rinses away toxins and debris to leave skin feeling smooth and clean. Designed to restore the skin’s natural moisture balance, it isn’t too harsh and leaves skin feeling naturally soft rather than dry and taut.

Buy now from Amazon

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