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As the late Mr Shu Uemura once said, “Beautiful makeup starts with beautiful skin”, taking care of your skin should always take precedence over piling on makeup. And in order to ensure your skin is healthy, the first step is always thorough and gentle cleansing.

Just like serums and moisturisers, it is also important to use what is best-suited for your skin type when it comes to cleansers. This is because new-generation cleansers are now equipped with added skincare ingredients that can address skincare concerns at the same time while removing dirt and impurities. For example, those concerned with pollution damage can look for cleansers infused with antioxidants to further strengthen skin against free radical damage, while those with dry skin should avoid cleansers that contains sulphates which can further strip skin of essential moisture.

Here, the 7 best cleansers that are suitable for all skin types and concerns:


Anti-Pollution: Clé de Peau Beauté Softening Cleansing Foam, $89

One of the fluffliest cleansing foams you’ll ever try, this luxurious cleansing foam has a rich and dense texture to effectively reach into skin crevices and pores and lift away residual dirt and grime. Thanks to its Advanced Cleansing Technology Softening Formula, it is also able to eliminate particulate matter from air pollution to give skin a renewed glow. After rinsing it away, you’ll notice that your skin feels balanced and refreshed as the formula contains amino acids and hyaluronic acid to replenish lost moisture.


Hydrating: SK-II Facial Treatment Gentle Cleanser, $93

Infused with the brand’s signature ingredient Pitera, it effectively removes excess sebum and impurities while dousing skin in its rich cocktail of vitamins, minerals and amino acids. In addition, it also contains willow bark extract, which is a source of salicylic acid to help decongest pores and refine skin texture over time. Skin feels soft and smooth, without any tightness or discomfort, making it perfect for those with dry skin. 


Brightening: Albion Excia Cell Clarity Essence Foam, $90

Not only does this create a luxurious foam to thoroughly and gently cleanse your skin, it is also enriched with skin-renewing ingredients to speed up the process of cellular turnover. Expect brighter, smoother skin with continued use.


Anti-Blemish: Hada Labo Blemish & Oil Control Hydrating Foaming Wash, $15.90

Perfect for those with oily skin, this clarifying face wash also contains plant-derived extracts like chamomile flower to regulate sebum production, fight redness and soothe breakouts. The dense foam doesn’t strip skin of moisture and restores the delicate moisture-lipid balance.


Soothing: May Coop Cleansing Mousse, $45

Formulated with maple water, green tea, chestnut and blackcurrant extracts, this all-natural formula is gentle on skin while thoroughly removing all traces of sebum and dirt. Skin feels refreshed and revived after just one use and it perfect for all skin types, even sensitive, irritation-prone ones.


Pore-Refining: ORBIS Powder Wash+, $25

Two types of enzymes lie at the heart of this deep cleansing formula. All you have to do is dispense a small amount between your palms and work into a rich lather to activate the enzymes. They soften oil plugs and dissolve dead skin cells to reduce pore congestion. Collagen, hyaluronic acid and royal jelly extract also help to hydrate the skin to keep it plump.


Multi-Purpose: ReFa Cream Wash, $70

Not all foaming cleansers are created equal and this is a prime example of one that is a cut above the rest. Beyond thorough cleansing and skin-conditioning ingredients that help balance moisture-lipid levels, this cleanser produces a foam that’s so uniquely rich, each tiny foam bubble is less than 0.1mm in size, which forms a cushion-like layer over the skin to minimise the friction produced from rubbing the skin vigorously. Moreover, it contains quasi-drug ingredients to keep bacteria growth and inflammation at bay for clear and supple skin.