Cleansing is the first step in any solid skin care routine, so finding a cleanser that knows what it’s doing is crucial, particularly if you want to set the rest of your products to success. Nobody wants to emerge from crouching with skin over the toilet, feeling hot, stripped or irritated. Below are 18 powerful face washers and cleansers with a reputation for leaving the skin feeling immaculately clean, nourished and ready for whatever’s next.
Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser
Cetaphil’s gentle formula has a cult status, non-offensive, readily available, and transcendent of both time and trends. It’s humbly successful, it works on any form of skin, and it’s loved by everyone: dermatologists, famous people and people with good skin in real life.
Bioderma Sensibio H2O
It’s not a face wash technically, so why do we have to obey every single rule anyway? This is a natural makeup remover that even with a few swipes dissolves the most waterproof maquillage. (Put it in a pad for particularly stubborn mascara, leave it in place and give it time to work.) It looks like water, which is perfect when you’re too lazy to splash actual water on your face.
First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser
Both dermatologists and owners of sensitive, finicky skin love this antioxidant-packed, fragrance-free cleanser for its ability to cleanse while soothing irritation. The mixture is pH-balanced and blended with a calming aloe. It whips into a lovely, lightweight cream which helps to maintain the natural acidity of the skin, making flare-ups less frequent and keeping the skin protected and supple.
Banila Co Clean It Zero Original Cleansing Balm
This multitasker removes the makeup and cleans it gently, all while you feel like a dessert for your face. Once it hits the skin, the soft, sherbet balm texture melts into a heavenly oil and then transforms into a mild, milky cleanser once water is inserted into the mix. You’re left with a smooth, makeup-free skin and a face massage that you didn’t think you wanted.
Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel
The refreshing gel formula is soap-free and naturally foams alone (thanks to an ingredient called quillaja saponaria, otherwise known as soapbark.) It thoroughly rinses off the day’s debris without taking all the moisture with it into your skin.