This is a category where, for the most part, less is really more. Many drugstore versions will suffice for more than adequate cleansing. It’s the rinsibilty that can make those with clogged pores and oily skin worse and dry skin drier.

Guess what most of us forget when we wash our face? To wash our hands first! Otherwise, you’re making your cleanser work even harder.

All but the driest of skin types should wash twice in the evening. The first wash will remove the makeup and surface dirt; the 2nd time will actually do the more through cleansing. Those with acne should try a gel-based cleanser with salicylic or glycolic acid; drier skins can benefit from a creamier cleanser. Here’s a few options:


MD Skincare All in One Facial Cleanser/Toner – all but the oiliest

Boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel – fantasic, but use sparingly

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser Makeup Remover – oily skins may only like this in the AM. Drier skin can tissue off a là makeup remover.

**The ones listed above are to be used sparingly, and with daily use can last at least three months.

The bargains:

Albolene Moisturizing Cleanser – best for parched, dehydrated skin, but many can use this as a makeup remover, too. Acneic skin? No way!

Olay Regenerist Regenerating Cream Cleanser – older combination skin will enjoy this.

Neutrogena® Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser – has salicylic acid, so test it out if you’re a sensitive soul.




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