The foundation of any great skincare routine (and therefore, great skin) is an effective, everyday cleanser. Still haven't found the right one for you? Here we round up ten options that will have you flocking to your sink night and day. Even better—these affordable formulas promise to be as gentle to your skin as they are to your wallet.
We hear you: it can be hard to devote yourself to cleansing your face twice a day when you still haven't found "the one." Enter Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser ($19.50). Enriched with natural avocado and apricot kernel oils, this formula cleanses and removes makeup while calming and balancing your skin, no matter what type it is.
Why rely on just a serum when you can make your cleanser the first step of your antiaging routine? Acure Organics Facial Cleansing Gel ($9.99), rich in antioxidants, does more than just cleanse; it protects your skin from fine-line-causing free radicals so that you not only feel fresher, but also look younger.
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser ($25) has more than 100 beauty awards for a reason: its results-driven formula removes dirt, grime, and pollutants, as well as your most stubborn makeup (yeah, we’re talking to you, waterproof eyeliner). When paired with a damp muslin cloth, it also sweeps away dead skin cells for a fresh, irritation-free glow.
Considered France’s best-kept skincare secret, cleansing waters are known for eliminating impurities like makeup, dirt, and oil, while offering toning and hydrating benefits. Avène Micellar Lotion Cleanser and Makeup Remover ($20) goes even beyond cleansing by soothing, softening, and calming skin with the brand’s signature thermal water. Apply it with a cotton pad all over your face and neck. Even better, here’s no need to rinse.
You put your skin through a lot each day—think: face creams, SPF, and makeup—not to mention stress and the exposure to pollutants and the sun. Vasanti Detox Facial Cleanser ($24) offers relief by washing away toxins and pore-clogging impurities that get trapped on your skin without stripping it of moisture. Plus, it delivers antiaging ingredients like omega-3 and omega-6 to help prevent further damage.
What’s not to love about multitasking products? As the name already says, the philosophy purity made simple One-step Facial Cleanser ($25) goes beyond basic cleansing—it also removes all traces of makeup, tones, and lightly hydrates your skin in a matter of seconds (literally). Oh, and there’s more: It can also be used to clean your makeup brushes. Sold.
Combination skin has never been so easy to manage. The Origins Checks and Balances ($12) gets what it is like to have an oily T-zone, larger pores, and dry cheeks. Its formula washes your skin concerns down the drain by combining a unique blend of botanicals that target excess oil production while softening and protecting the dry areas with ingredients like lavender oil and chamomile.
While cleansing your skin, you want to get rid of all the bad stuff, not add more to it, right? derma e Evenly Radiant Brightening Cleanser ($15.50) brings a 100% vegan formula free of all those hard-to-pronounce ingredients, including parabens, sulfates, lanolin, and GMOs. Instead, this formula combines ingredients like green tea, and vitamins A and C to give your skin a healthy glow.
When you’re on-the-go, Skyn Iceland Glacial Cleansing Cloths ($15) are your best friend. Infused with Icelandic glacial waters, vitamins, and antioxidants, these wipes will remove makeup, cleanse your skin, and manage the effects of stress (and sweat!) on your face—think breakouts, fine lines, and extra sensitivity. To get the most out of this formula, make sure you let the cloth sit on the top of your face for a moment before (gently) wiping it all over.
If your inner lazy girl still wants to swap healthy skin for snoozing, here’s a shortcut: Marcelle 3-in-1 Micellar Solution ($21) puts together a cleanser, makeup remover, and toner all in one potent-yet-delicate formula. (Bonus: You don’t even have to rinse it off when you're done). In addition to natural ingredients like fruit extracts and cucumber, the formula incorporates salicylic acid to target breakouts.
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