Avène’s Extremely Gentle Cleanser is exactly that: gentle to the extreme. Which is why it’s so great for the drying fall-to-winter months. Made with Avène’s signature mineral-rich spring water, the plant-based formula is applied to skin like a lotion, and you don’t have to rinse it off—just softly wipe it away with a cotton pad or washcloth. My sensitive skin emerges clean, makeup-free, and not the least bit irritated.
Okay, so this isn’t a cleanser; it’s really a mask. But it does have deep-cleaning, glow-inducing properties, and it’s so hardcore that it’s become a weekly staple of my fall skincare regimen. (Come winter, I’ll cut back to once every other week, because my skin gets so dry.) Armed with not one, not two, but four different types of exfoliating acids, this potent mask causes a distinct tingling sensation once applied, which convinces me it’s working. (The resulting glow, without any redness or irritation, is my hard evidence.) Plus, the mask is bright green, which makes me feel like an old-school beauty queen whenever I wear it.
I’ll admit that I’m a sucker for any product that claims to do it all. But Shea Terra’s facial cleanser really delivers: It has exfoliating, skin-firming, and acne-fighting properties, and it somehow manages to be both natural and great-smelling to boot. I can use it every day, twice a day, without worrying that I’ll dry out my skin this winter—or go too easy on my oily pores and let my pimples run amok.