If you struggle with dry skin but need a cleanser tough enough to clean away dirt and grime, foam is the way to go. Foaming cleansers pack a punch, but they’re designed to cleanse without stripping the skin.
Splurge. Ole Henriksen Africa Red Tea Foaming Cleanser ($30) was the first foaming cleanser that I tried. It came in a kit that I purchased so that I could try several Ole Henriksen products without committing to a full-size.
Unlike some of the foam cleansers that I have tried since the Ole Henriksen, the Red Tea cleanser isn’t sticky or tacky. Unsurprisingly, it generates a rich lather that cuts through all but the thickest eye makeup with no trouble. It also has a pleasant, almost citrusy, smell.
What I like most about the Ole Henriksen cleanser is that it’s packed full of anti-oxidants and vitamin-C. It’s a great choice for those of us with aging skin that needs a boost. (I like all of the Red Tea products, especially the moisturizer.)
Save. Garnier Clean + Purifying Foaming Cleanser ($8). I’ve been trying to cut back on my beauty expenses, and face soap seemed like a good place to start. This Garnier cleanser has a fruity, clean scent and a boost of antioxidants. It also cleans thoroughly and leaves skin feeling quite refreshed.
The foam is a bit sticky to the touch, but it rinses clean, so it’s of little consequence. And, this may seem like a small matter, but the pump on the Garnier cleanser produces a truly luxuriously lather that far surpasses the Henriksen.
Verdict. Save your money. The Ole Henriksen cleanser is a good product, but the Garnier is just as effective with all the benefits for 1/3rd the price. In fact, with the thickness of the Garnier foam, the drugstore brand may be superior.