8 Cleansers That Pass the White Towel Test
We’ve all been there: You hop out of the shower, grab a fluffy white towel to dry off, only to be momentarily irked wondering if that mascara will wash out. It’s annoying, but it happens nonetheless. With so many cleansers on the market, shouldn’t there be a formula out there to make this skin care faux pas a worry of the past? Totally! Just because they exist doesn’t mean they’re easy to find though.
And that’s precisely why we’ve taken it upon ourselves to find the best cleansers and makeup removers—from the L’Oreal portfolio of brands—that pass the white towel test, meaning they’ll rinse away dirt, makeup and debris without fears of soiled white towels. Ready for an ultra-clean rinse? Keep scrolling to find your soon-to-be favorite cleanser.
CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser
Looking for hydrating facial cleanser that will gently remove dirt, oil, and makeup without disrupting your skin’s protective barrier? Look no further. Formulated with three essential ceramides, niacinamide and hyaluronic acid, this formula will allow you to remove all traces of impurities while introducing your skin to next-level hydration.
CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser, $11.99 MSRP
Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Cleanser & Makeup Remover
Surely, you’ve heard of micellar water. The ultra-trendy liquid is known for its cleansing properties without the use of a traditional lather and rinse, but not all micellar waters are created equal. This bi-phase cleanser in particular is surprisingly powerful yet gentle to skin, formulated with micelles that capture and lift away dirt, oil, and makeup without harsh rubbing. You can have faith in the fact that—along with your face—your towels will stay squeaky clean, too.
Lancome Crème Radiance
Just because you want to reach deep into pores doesn’t mean you need to use an abrasive cleanser to do so. Instead, pamper your skin with this super-soft cleansing cream to gently soothe and revive pores by removing dirt, impurities, and even waterproof makeup.
Lancome Crème Radiance, $26 MSRP
La Roche Posay Purifying Foaming Cream
This gentle, foaming cream is ideal for combination to sensitive, oily skin. All you have to do is lather a dollop in the palm of your hands with lukewarm water and gently massage it into skin, making sure to avoid your eye area.
La Roche Posay Purifying Foaming Cream, $23.99 MSRP
L’Oréal Paris Detox & Brighten Cleanser
Want to veer away from a typical foamy cleanse? Try using this clay-to-mousse formula that targets the appearance of dull, tired skin. Not only can it gently rinse away impurities, but it can leave your skin looking brighter, too.
L’Oréal Paris Detox & Brighten Cleanser, $6.99 MSRP
SkinCeuticals Soothing Cleanser
Showers and cleanses are meant to be relaxing and spa-like. For that reason, why not treat your skin to a little extra soothing action with this high-concentration blend of botanicals? The formula can help to dissolve impurities and rinse away all traces of makeup while soothing compromised skin. Um, yes please!
SkinCeuticals Soothing Cleanser, $34 MSRP
Vichy Purete Thermale 3-in-1 One Step Cleanser
Last but not least, we love this three in one formula. With shea butter extracts and a formula that’s soap- and alcohol-free, as well as non-comedogenic, this practical cleanser is a great option for even the most sensitive skin.
Vichy Purete Thermale 3-in-1 One Step Cleanser, $19.50 MSRP
And, just like that, you have seven great options to choose from. Ahhh, sounds nice, doesn’t it? Just think, in the time you save washing mascara smears off your towels, you can give your skin a little extra love. Now, who’s up for a face mask?