The 5 Facial Cleansers Our Editors Can’t Live WithoutAugust 04, 2022
Never underestimate the importance of washing your face — especially if you’re on a mission to improve or maintain the health of your skin. Getting the most out of this super simple yet powerful skincare step starts with investing in a quality facial cleanser that suits your skin type. While we’ve cleansed with countless products over the years and are always down to test a new innovation, there are certain cleaners we’ll forever keep stocked on our skincare shelves; the formulas that effortlessly remove dirt, oil and makeup without leaving our skin feeling compromised or stripped. Discover more about these face-wash winners, ahead.
Alanna, Assistant Managing Editor
L’Oreal Paris Bright Reveal Facial Cleanser with Glycolic Acid
On days when I really feel like I need to deeply cleanse my skin, I always reach for this physical and chemical exfoliator. It contains glycolic acid to help slough away impurities, plus tiny microbeads to help keep dullness at bay. Ever since I’ve started using this, I’ve noticed a huge improvement in the radiance and clarity of my skin — and I wouldn’t have it any other way!
INNBeauty Project Keep it Clean Gel Cleanser
Alternatively, on days when I want to keep it simple, I reach for a much gentler formula. This makeup-removing gel cleanser has been doing just the trick with ten amino acids, ceramides and vegan collagen. My skin looks more resilient, fresh and calm after using this. It’s definitely a keeper.
Trishna, Assistant Editor
Thayers pH Balancing Gentle Face Wash with Aloe Vera
For my oily skin, this jelly-to-foam wash is just what my face needs to feel thoroughly but not harshly cleansed. The aloe vera is super soothing and noticeably nourishes my skin, but doesn’t leave it feeling coated or overwhelmed with products. Plus, after using it, my skin feels ultra-balanced — not oily, but not too dry either.
CeraVe Hydrating Facial CleanserThis cleanser is a must for those with dry, sensitive skin. I’ve been using it since elementary school and still rarely go a day without it, even as my makeup and skincare routines have drastically changed. It’s gentle, fragrance-free and easy to stock up on at any drugstore. It’s also been accepted by the National Eczema Association, which makes me feel comfortable using it when I have flare-ups.
Victoria, Content Director
La Roche-Posay Toleraine Hydrating Gentle Facial Cleanser
Incorporating quality facial cleansers into my morning and evening routine has transformed my skin over the years. In high school, I would simply splash water on my face (and that’s basically it other than eye makeup remover!), and I wish I knew how important this skincare category was before. Now, I lean toward gentle, hydrating formulas that won’t irritate my reactive skin. This one from La Roche-Posay is a classic. The creamy formula is specifically formulated for sensitive skin and is infused with ingredients like thermal water, ceramides and niacinamide to soothe and support the skin’s moisture barrier.