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Forget your serums and moisturisers. If your face isn’t even clean to begin with, the efficacy of these products will be almost nonexistent. Cleansers work to remove the make-up, dirt and grime from our pores that has accumulated throughout the day. Wearing makeup, humidity, and sebum trap a tonne of gunk on our faces and in our pores so we need a power cleanser to give our faces a thorough wash to start anew the next day.
Sensitive skin can be quite a pain to deal with, and certain cleansers can be particularly drying or make your skin even more sensitive. Over-drying cleansers can contribute to long-term dehydration and may even exacerbate ageing, so really, pick a cleanser that does its job but doesn’t strip your face of moisture. On the other hand, sensitive skin needs to be well taken care off, so pick a cleanser that is soap free with soothing ingredients.
These are the top 5 cleansers on my list – great cleansers that detoxify impurities and clean your skin but leave moisture behind.
Eau Thermale Avène Soapless Foaming Gel
This is possibly one of my favourite cleansers, so yes I am going to be a bit biased here. Eau Thermale Avène Soapless Foaming Gel does what it is supposed to do, while making my skin less irritated and sensitive – isn’t that great? Ironically, I was hesitant to try this cleanser as I generally don’t fare well with foaming cleansers (they often strip my skin of moisture) but I’m glad that I gave it a go. Like most Avene products, the Soapless Foaming Gel is loaded with Thermal Spring Water – a water with soothing and anti-irritant properties. What’s more, minimal ingredients and a soapless formula make this cleanser perfect for hypersensitive skin.
Origins A Perfect World Cleanser
An antioxidant booster, Origins A Perfect World cleanser contains a blend of ingredients that work to gently cleanse your skin while freeing it of impurities. The cleanser is infused with silver white tea, coconut, and oats – amongst other skin saving ingredients. These ingredients are said to reach deep into your pores and rid your skin of harmful, free radical-releasing impurities. So you get a deep clean and antioxidants at the same time.
DHC Deep Cleansing Oil
You either love cleansing oils, or you don’t (if you’re not sure, read our report on cleansing oils). DHC’s Deep Cleansing Oil glides onto your face and melts away your dirt and grime along the way. DHC claims that the oil itself has an antioxidant nature, and that this cleanser melts even the toughest of mascaras – perfect for days when you’re too tired to remove your makeup. The botanical oil contains a mixture of Rosemary and Vitamin E, ingredients that boast anti-ageing properties, giving you added skin benefits while you slough away the dirt.
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
Probably the king of gentle cleansing, Cetaphil is known for its ultra-gentle formula that can also be used for babies! Having only eight ingredients, Cetaphil says this cleanser only takes away the bad stuff, leaving your skin with its natural protective oils. Furthermore, this cleanser even claims to soften your skin while you wash – leaving you with baby soft skin after.
Korres Milk Proteins Foaming Cream Cleanser
A milk cleanser that foams? Yes it is possible. Korres’ Milk Proteins Foaming Cream Cleanser is a creamy milk cleanser that lathers into a frothy foam. Using natural cleansing agents and emulsifiers, Korres claims that this cleanser delicately removes impurities while nourishing it at the same time. What’s unique about this cleanser is the use of milk proteins that claim to leave a film of hydration over your face. Retaining a layer of moisture with soothing ingredients that is supposed to calm the most sensitive of skins.
Eau Thermale Avène Soapless Foaming Gel, $37.70 , is available at all leading pharmacies, supermarkets and hypermarkets. For more information, visit www.eau-thermale-avene.sg and follow the brand on Facebook.