If I had to pick my favourite product from any category of skincare, it would probably go to cleanser. There's nothing like starting the day with a refreshing cleanse to wash the tiredness away and in the evenings when I come home, I can't relax properly until my face is rid of every trace of makeup. Even on the laziest of nights when all I want to do is curl up in bed, it's something I'm still very diligent about, so much so, that when my friend slept over a couple of weeks ago, I was horrified when she crashed into bed, no hesitation! Just recently, my best friend even texted to tell me she had been washing her face every night and how proud I'd be!
I think cleansing has become so ingrained into my everyday life, I forget that not cleansing is still a thing. Removing makeup and cleansing the skin are, however, the first steps in any good, solid skincare routine and I have a selection of six that I am completely over the moon with. Perhaps six is a tad excessive for just one face, but as cleansing is something I do three times a day - once in the morning and twice at night - I enjoy alternating and switching things up. Here is a rundown of the cleansers I can't get enough of and don't see myself straying from any time soon.
When I first started beauty blogging back in 2011, Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser was the must-have skincare product amongst British bloggers. Claiming how brilliantly it worked to remove makeup and help blemish-prone skin, I was dealing with acne myself back then, and since ordering my first bottle all those years ago, it's still a part of my skincare routine to this day. So much so, it's even the longest withstanding product to remain in my routine. Part nostalgia, but mostly because it really is that good, Cleanse & Polish was my first foray into developing a proper skincare routine and was even my introduction to the wonderful world of double cleansing. With a rich, luxuriously thick, creamy texture, I use Cleanse & Polish as a first cleanse, while some of its key ingredients include cocoa butter to soften, smooth and moisturise, and rosemary, chamomile and eucalyptus to tone, soothe and purify. It has a light, inoffensive herbal scent and even though it's been around for quite some time now, Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser is one I'll always come back to.
Product hype comes and goes, yet the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel seems to have stood the test of time. I've been using it myself since 2014 and it's truly right up there with Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish to me. A gel-to-oil based cleanser, Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel melts beautifully into the skin and contains a lovely assortment of ingredients such as Vitamins A, C and E, Omega 6, starflower oil, pumpkin enzymes, chamomile and rose to really illuminate and nourish the skin. I absolutely adore using this as a first-step cleanse to remove makeup and daily grime, and when washed off, it reveals a brighter, more radiant complexion. What more could you ask for in a cleanser?
I haven't heard anyone ever talk about this cleanser, but from the moment I tried a sample of it, I just had to have it in the full size. The NUDE Perfect Cleanse Omega Cleansing Jelly is an all-natural cleanser with omegas, orange extract and annatto seed extract, which all work to hydrate, soothe and purify, respectively. Like the cleansers I mentioned above, I use this as a first-step cleanser and similarly to the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel, it has a gel-like consistency, though it's a little more lightweight in comparison and I'd say if you own one, you don't need the other. When met with water, this beautiful cleanser even turns into a soft, milky liquid, which feels positively dreamy on the skin and the subtle scent of iris root extract is something really delightful too. As I love both balmy gel and milk cleansers, the NUDE Perfect Cleanse Omega Cleansing Jelly really does tick all the boxes for me.
I wasn't all that taken with Glossier when it first came onto the scene some two years ago, but all that changed with the release of their Milky Jelly Cleanser. I was intrigued from the get go by the premise of a milky and jelly cleanser, especially as they're my two favourites types. The newest addition to my cleanser collection (I've been using it for about five months), I use it interchangeably as a first step and second step in my double cleanse as it's heavy duty as well as being lightweight enough for both. Having said that, it won't remove anything waterproof, though that's not an issue for me as I don't like waterproof makeup. Milky Jelly Cleanser's key ingredients include Poloxamer (a mild cleansing agent), rosewater (to soothe), comfrey root extract (to prevent stress on the skin), Aquaxyl (to prevent dehydration) and Pro-Vitamin B5 (a natural moisturiser) and its subtle rose scent makes it an all-round winner for me. Believe the hype with this one!
With my love of both milky cleansers and anything rose scented, the Nuxe Comforting Cleansing Milk with Rose Petals is a firm French pharmacy favourite of mine. Milk cleansers are my preferred type of cleanser when it comes to both my single cleanse in the morning and second step in my evening double cleanse as they're extremely gentle, deeply nourishing and feel really soft and silky on the skin. I find foam cleansers quite unpleasant feeling as well as drying, and when it comes to treating my skin for different concerns, that's what my serums and masks are for. The Nuxe Comforting Cleansing Milk claims to be non-rinse whilst removing every trace of makeup, but I would never cleanse my face without water and unless you're wearing a super lightweight base and not much else, I really wouldn't use this as a primary makeup remover. Having said that, it will remove mascara residue left over from my previous cleanse and with a dreamily rich, smooth texture, it's safe enough to use on the eyes (I don't like cleansers that aren't) and never leaves my skin feeling stripped.
The REN Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk is more or less the same as the Nuxe Comforting Cleansing Milk only it replaces its lovely rose scent with an uplifting herbal one, quite similar to that of Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish. With its beautiful creamy consistency, it purifies, calms and soothes skin, and is great for those with sensitive and delicate skin types, increasing skin resistance and minimising signs of irritation. Like the Nuxe offering, I use Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk both in the morning and evenings. In the AM, the cleanser is refreshing and replenishing, while in the PM, it removes dirt and pollution, yet still leaves my skin feeling moisturised and baby smooth.
I'm really happy with my little cleanser collection I've got going on and I really haven't felt the need to try anything new since the release of Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser early last year. I think six is enough for one face, anyway! A part of me is intrigued by the Banila Co. Clean It Zero, especially as I haven't dipped my toes into the world of Korean beauty just yet, but at the same time, tub cleansers are kind of impractical for me as I mostly wash my face in the shower. I'm more than satisfied with what I already own, though I'm sure if I try something new in the future, you'll see it mentioned around here!
What are some of your favourite cleansers?