My Favorite Facial Cleansers

To put it simply, I have tried a lot of cleansers. We all have our collections and mine is skincare products, which I hoard in drawers, baskets, buckets and medicine cabinets. It often takes time to find right skincare routine and often means parsing through the endless options available to you in-store or online. Over the years, these are the five cleansers that have stood out to me and that I continue to use.

Aveda Outer Peace Foaming Cleanser
Perfect to use after the gym or a long run, as it has an instantly cooling effect.

Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser
Though the product name suggests it, this cleanser doesn't produce the kind of foam you would expect. It feels more like a cream and has these lovely, dissolving beads. The texture and scent makes it a nice pick for winter.

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser
One of my all-time favorites which sort of came out of left field. I am fascinated by Glossier's origin story, having watched Into the Gloss grow from a brand to a product company. This cleanser has a light, rose scent and a gel texture that feels amazing on the skin. The biggest selling point is that it effectively removes makeup, including mascara.

Kate Somerville Purifying Cleanser
This is the perfect cleanser for those with skin inflammation, acne or blemishes. The cleanser is anti-bacterial which is great for soothing irritated skin and feels cool when applied which creates an instant clean feeling. I recommend using this one with a konjac sponge for best results.

Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser
This cleanser contains alpha and beta hydroxy acids which are key ingredients for exfoliation, anti-aging, and acne-prone skin. I like to use this cleanser primarily at nighttime in order to give the ingredients plenty of time to work.