I have a confession: I am a collector of face wash. A closeted goo hoarder. My cupboards and cabinets are full of expensive cleansers, cheap cleansers, bar cleanser, liquid cleansers. I should open a store.
One of the biggest arguments in the beauty biz is whether you should splurge on an expensive cleanser or if any old product from the bottom of the drugstore shelf will do. Proponents of the cheap stuff will tell you that you’re just washing it down the drain anyway. But I’m advocate for finding a cleanser that you feel treats your skin right, because everyone’s skin has different needs.
Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser ($75). When the fine ladies at TH sent me some samples a few months back, I never thought this would be the product that I would love enough to buy with my own money. It’s $75 face soap for heaven’s sake. But I did some shuffling in my beauty budget (adios morning serum!), and found the money. Why?
This soap has a gentle exfoliation like nothing I’ve ever seen. It doesn’t strip the skin. It doesn’t leave you feeling dry. If just lightly removes dead cells and makeup residue. It also leaves my skin feeling bright and fresher. So now, I’m the weird girl who eats PB&J but uses $75 face soap. Sweet.
Ole Henriksen Melting Cleanser ($34). If you wear full-face makeup and waterproof mascara every day, this cleanser is worth a try. I picked up a sample last week and it’s the most effective all-in-one cleanser that I have ever used. It works a bit differently because it’s a jelly, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll love it. I also fall hard for any product loaded up on vitamin-C.
Philosophy Purity Made Simple ($23). This cleanser is the department store cleanser of choice for the sensitive skin set. It’s gentle, but effective. No dyes, no perfumes, no fancy extras. Just a pure, pH-balanced, sudsy soap to take off most makeup. (Never worked on my mascara, but few things do.)
Cerave Foaming Facial Cleanser ($13). The current trend is toward cleansers that don’t lather, since the same ingredients that produce bubbles can also strip skin. But some women just need lather. If you’re one of those ladies, you need this foaming cleanser from Cerave.
This is my travel cleanser and my fall back. It converted me from Cetaphil because it’s just as gentle, but sudsy. Plus, it has hyaluronic acid to keep skin moisturized.
Yes to Carrots Daily Cream Cleanser ($8). For every woman who loves lather, there is one who craves a creamy cleanser. This Yes to Carrots formula is rich and luxurious, but not heavy. Like most of the cleansers mentioned in this post, it’s paraben free. It also has aloe vera and shea butter for ladies with dry, sensitive skin.
Body Shop Pomegranate Cleanser ($14). While I like this cleanser, it is not for ladies with oily skin. I use it in the winter to give my skin a burst of antioxidants without depleting what little oil my combination skin can hold onto on a windy January day. If you need something for combination or oily skin, try the Body Shop’s Tea Tree cleanser. Both products are inexpensive alternatives to the pricier Origins or Boscia brands.
So do you splurge or save when it comes to cleanser? And regardless of price point, if you have one that you love share it in the comments.