Facial cleansers are supposed to clean your skin, but a new crop of cleansers are out to do more. Whether it’s delivering more potent anti-aging ingredients to the skin or stress-relieving benefits to the senses, the best cleansers today are able to speed up your routine and give you better results, all while making sure your skin stays healthy and nourished. The five best ones we’ve tried recently are below.
This cleanser is so gentle that it works for every skin type, but don’t let the lightweight texture fool you. When it comes to skin-nourishing properties, this foam packs a punch. It contains several natural ingredients (coconut and maize germ oil, urea, and aloe vera) that removes impurities and pollutants while helping to repair skin damage and protect it from free radicals.
Using this balm is such a pleasure that it feels like a mini-facial every time I massage it into my skin. The balm is neither too soft nor too firm and it breaks down all makeup, dirt, oil and pollution as it melts into skin. But the cleanser does more than just leave my face fresh and clean; ingredients such as moringa seed extract help to soften and plump skin while rose and iris extracts give my skin an extra moisture boost.
The ultimate 2-in-1 product, La Mer Micellar Water makes cleansing your skin and infusing it with anti-aging ingredients so simple. The water is soap-free so it doesn’t strip or irritate skin and uses micro-capsules to break down and lift makeup without the need to rinse. The water also features La Mer’s signature Miracle Broth to help remineralize and restore skin even as it cleanses, leaving skin looking brighter and feeling softer after each use.
This conditioning cleanser uses microtechnology to get deep into the skin’s surfaces and remove impurities without feeling harsh or drying. The light creamy texture emulsifies into a foam and rinses off easily with no residue. Because of how gentle and soothing it is, this cleanser is especially ideal to use in the mornings because it leaves behind smooth and soft skin that’s the perfect canvas for makeup.
This essential oil cleanser does it all: It dissolves every last bit of makeup (even eye makeup!) with just one rinse, leaves skin balanced and nourished with a blend of evening primrose oil and omega-6 fatty acids and soothes the sense with lavender essential oil. Formulated with many of the same ingredients as fan-favorite Midnight Recovery Concentrate, this product delivers on aromatherapy and anti-aging abilities, as it does on cleansing.
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