Cleanse: Clean skin from dirt, oil and environmental grime.
Removes impurities from the pores -Sounds good!
From basic soap and water, skincare
has, overtime developed and become sophisticated. Today’s skin-care ranges are
vast and have a large selection to suit your own needs. What works for one
person, will not for another.
As part of a daily skin routine, along with toning and
moisturising cleansing is the base. Without it, the others will be unable to
perform and produce the desired end results we all look for from a skincare
It’s important to find the correct cleanser for you. The
look, feel and overall end result you’re looking for as well as what suits your
skin type and your environment.
There are lots of different cleansers, from facial wash
cleansers to foaming cleansers and typical wipe on wipe off cleansers all
available online and in store. If you have a favourite brand of skin products,
you may find your skin type is suited to that brand, so more susceptible to the
addition of that brand’s product into your routine.
Cleansing bars are often favoured instead of soap. Ordinary
soap is too drying for most skins. However, now you are able to lather up, just
like you would with traditional soap, yet with all the nutrients and moisture
your skin requires by using a cleansing bar.
They’re particularly refreshing for oily skin types and help
prevent spots and blackheads developing and re-occurring.
For dryer completions, a cleansing cream is advisable. Cream
cleansers cleanse and nourish skin simultaneously. They typically have a light, fluid
consistency, which makes them easily spreadable and ideal to evenly apply to
the face. Creams contain oil to dissolve
surface dirt and make ups and give positive results when applied with cotton
pads. You can also create a fresher faced look by simply using dampened cotton
wool when applying your cleanser.
The products I have researched are all readily available. An
accessible price and are suitable for an everyday homecare skin care routine.
Aloe Calming Facial Cleanser
Sub range: Aloe
store and online
without skin irritation.
What it’s users have to say:
have combination skin and I bought the small bottle to try combat redness and
irritation. I wasn't expecting much as it is a cream and I thought it would
make my skin oily.”
– Tea Leaf
used this before and it is gentle and has minimum drying effect. Does not
irritate my sensitive/rosacea skin...it is a little drying for me....but non
stinging, irritating and probably one of the best cheaper face cleansers” –
This skin kind lotion
is made with sensitive skin in mind. In order to correctly use this product from
The Body Shop simple apply a ten pence piece worth of the lotion to a clean
cotton pad or freshly washed and sanatised hands. Then apply to the face
evenly. Due to its calming nature, you can apply this product on acne, open
skin, abrasions and spots. Once applied, take another fresh cotton pad and
remove the excess off the face. Daily
grime will be visable on the removal pad.
Repeat this process if in a dusty or grimy environment such as the
underground, and if you’re wearing make-up.
This product is in
eco packaging and is not tested on animals at any stage. You can use your body
shop points, vouchers and cards on this range of ‘Aloe’ products.
Butylene Glycol is used in this
product, typically people find Butylene Glycol to be very drying. However the
other ingredients added to make this cleanser counteract this, such as Aqua
(Water.) Butylene Glycol is a thinning
agent, which aids the smooth and seamless lotion
application and removal. It’s conditioning
agent qualities is what makes it a suitable addition to the lotion. This
combined with Aloe barbadensis keeps the skin irritation free, hence the label
From a manufacturers point of view,
Butylene Glycol is used to keep the product intact and usable for longer
periods and in higher temperatures.
Butylene is the least
irritating of the Glycols.
This product is Ideal
for summer use, however. Due to its drying ingredients, is not suitable for
During the winter
period, sensitive skin needs something more hydrating that retains moisture and
leaves skin less exposed and more protected from the environment and ever
Full ingredients list:
Aqua (Water) (Solvent/Diluent), Aloe
barbadensis (Aloe Vera Gel) (Skin Soothing Agent), Pentylene Glycol (Solvent),
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Emollient), Elaeis guineensis (Skin-Conditioning
Agent), Butylene Glycol (Humectant), Cyclomethicone (Emollient), Glycerin
(Humectant), Glyceryl Stearate Citrate (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Cetearyl
Alcohol (Emulsifier), Sorbitol (Humectant), Glyceryl Stearate (Emulsifier),
Orbignya oleifera (Babassu Oil) (Emollient), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate
Crosspolymer (Stabiliser/Viscosity Modifier), Xanthan Gum (Viscosity Modifier),
Disodium Phosphate (pH Buffer)
Cucumber Cleansing Milk
Skin Type: All
Price: 250ml £10
store and online / Now discontinued
and lightly moisturises.
“This is a good make up remover, it
smells nice too” – Pink Diamond
“I use make up every day and find this
cleanser the most gentle but effective I have ever used. Was devastated when it
was taken off the market, but delighted when came back as a limited edition.
Please keep it in stock as I am lost without it.” – Friendly Shopper
“I thought I would try this and I am so
glad I did! It is fantastic! Removes all make-up and leaves your skin feeling
clean and soft. I did not find it greasy as some I have used. Try it!” –Fnicole
I personally have
used this cleanser. As an Acne and Eczema sufferer, I find it difficult to find
a product that will hydrate and help heal the broken skin.
This cleanser, from
one of my personal favourite stores ‘The
Body Shop’ really does calm the skin down, especially after heavy make-up
has been removed.
The cucumber cools
and sooths any problem areas. I don’t find this lotion to be tingly once
applied like similar cleansers.
A small amount
applied to a cotton pad, then the facial area is enough for a standard morning
and night cleanser, however you can add more to the pad if needed.
The use of Glycine Soja in
this cleanser conditions and helps lock in skin hydration. As this product is
marketed as an all round skin type cleanser. It’s paramount that it is suitable
for just that. Lack of hydration is a re-accruing skin issue to many people, so
something to sooth and aid that is very much welcomed. The cucumber range, of which this cleanser is
part of is highly recommended for people who have dry or highly sensitive skin.
(Solvent/Diluent), Glycerin (Humectant), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride
(Emollient), Cetyl Alcohol (Emulsifier), Stearic Acid (Emulsifier),
Triethanolamine (pH Adjuster), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil (Emollient/Skin
Conditioner), Benzyl Alcohol (Preservative), Lanolin (Emollient),
Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Cucumber (Cucumis Sativus) Juice (Natural
Additive), Fragrance (Fragrance), Hexyl Cinnamal (Fragrance Ingredient),
Geraniol (Fragrance Ingredient), Butylphenyl Methylpropional (Fragrance Ingredient),
Citronellol (Fragrance Ingredient), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient),
Hydroxycitronellal (Fragrance Ingredient), Benzyl Salicylate (Fragrance
Ingredient), Green 5 (Colour), Yellow 5 (Colour).
Lauder Perfectly Clean
Skin Type: All
Price: 150ml £22
store (Department Stores) and online
USP: Foaming Luxe
Estée Lauder Perfectly Clean Foam Cleanser is a duo product incorporating a
purifying mask into the product. This formula from Estée Lauder is designed to
unclogs pores, it leaves skin healthy with a
fresh and luminous glow.
Used with water, the creamy formula rapidly lathers into a rich foaming
cleanser that works for all skin types and is ideal for combination skin
without drying, leaving skin soft, smooth and supple.
The foam lather that cleanses the skin gently feels refreshing, yet
thoroughly removes excess make-up and environmental impurities.
The two ways to use this product: Morning and night as a daily cleanser to
purify skin and rid it of dirt. Or twice a week as a 3-minute purifying
mask use more often, as skin requires.
Our advanced, proprietary technology Calms, Comforts and Clarifies your skin,
reducing irritation that can accelerate the appearance of ageing.
This next-generation cleansing technology combines natural skin-loving
botanicals and minerals with our proven skincare expertise. Gentle enough to
use daily, powerful enough to transform your complexion. Beautiful skin begins
This appears to be a love/ hate cleanser. Ideal for mature (Over 35) and
wrinkle, or ageing prone skin. Younger skins, judging by reviews are unable to
cope with the mature, rich in depth ingredients within the splash away wash.
Rinse Off Foaming Cleansing Mouse
Skin Type: Normal
Price: 150ml £17
store (Department Stores) and online
USP: Part of
Clinique’s 3 step skin care programme.
The rinse off
foaming cleanser effectively removes long-wearing makeup, sunscreen and grim
quickly and gently. Skin feels moist, clean, and fresh. Contains chamomile.
Concentrated formula is long-lasting.
As a Clinique
product, it is fragrance free 100% and is allergy tested, due to the sensitive
nature of the product.
The application of
this product is designed for home, facial recreational use. Simple lather the
cleanser between two, freshly clean hands and apply to the facial area,
avoiding open blemishes or scars. Massage then rinse thoroughly.
This product from Clinique is Ophthalmologist
tested, which means it has been specially tested around and on the eye area,
this is a form of medical testing. The product itself is tinted pink.
The Chamomile is
used as a soothing agent, to calm skin and make it usable on sensitive skin,
without stripping skin or being too harsh.
As the winner of
‘Best Cleaner’ 2011. It was only natural that I investigated. Just what makes
this cleanser so popular!?
Cleanser Kind To Skin Purifying Cleansing Lotion
Skin Type: Any
Availability: In boots,
Superdrug and online
USP: Uses minimum
ingredients to help even sensitive skin.
For the very best results apply first thing
in the morning and last thing at night, simply
apply to cotton wool and gently cleanse with an upward and outward motion.
The reason so many people opt to use
this simple cleanser as part of their daily skin care routine, is due to the
fact it is skin type versatile. It can cope with areas of dryness as well as
normal skin types. It targets those dry areas to help nourish and improve their
look and textural quality.
This simple cleanser contains
Pro-Vitamin B5, Bisabolol and Allantoin, which helps to soften and gently
cleanse the skin.
have tried several different cleansers from different brands but this is the
best one I've come across so far! As i have combination skin but also often get
dry patches of skin this cleanser is great at removing makeup and general
day-to-day grime and leaves skin soft and moisturized (no more dry patches!) -
will be repurchasing!” Emma
Full ingredients list: Aqua,
Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Glycerin, Isopropyl Palmitate, Polysorbate 60,
Sorbitan Stearate, Panthenol, Allantoin, Acrylates/ C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate
Crospolymer, Bisabolol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Sodium Hydroxide,
2Bromo 2 Nitropropane 1-3 Diol, BHT, EDTA
Overall, before you dive into a skin care
regime, or change your current one. Write down what you’d like to gain or
achieve by the changes. You also need to be fully aware of the key benefits of
products you may potentially use.
Check the ingredients list, and research
anything that stands out to you, or that you don’t understand.
Budget is a priority factor when looking to
change your skin regime. There are many multipurpose, award winning high street
‘Budget’ cleansers like the simple one which are under £5 and readily available in supermarkets and drug stores.
It’s often a case of trial and error. In
order to find the perfect cleanser you may have to try a few. Once you’ve found
the one that suits you best, make notes of any changes to your skin. Your
environment, lifestyle and weather can all effect your skin and the cleanser’s
performance on your skin.
You may find during the winter months your
skin requires a more hydrating, longer lasting formula in order to keep it
looking smooth, even and fresh throughout the day.
Without a cleanser in your daily skincare routine,
you will not get the best out of your skin. Using a cleanser refreshes and
hydrates your skin. It also treats and aids problem areas such as rough patches