I prefer oils, milks and creams (sometimes called cremes if we’re being fancy) because they are generally less stripping on the skin. As an oily/combo girl I used to reach for a foaming gel cleanser in a bid to wash away the oil, but that process ‘told’ my skin that the oil was gone and it needed to produce more. Thus, a vicious cycle was started.
I prefer to wash really gently, leaving my skin feel hydrated and subtle, avoiding that squeaky clean feeling.
Anyway, my declaration of love for a gentler cleanser sent the You Beauty Facebook group in a spin, with many members lamenting that they didn’t know where to find or look for a good oil or cream cleanser.
And so, here are my top picks if you’re looking to switch up your cleansing game.
It works and it’s currently under 10 bucks. How good.
I’m sorry for including a cleanser that’s over $100 because I am aware that’s absolutely ludicrous but it’s one of the best products I’ve used and how am I to know you didn't just win the lotto?
If you haven't yet, try cleansing first with an oil before you use your regular (or a cream) cleanser. Especially if you wear makeup or sunscreen, you’ll really notice the difference.
You can literally eat this. But don’t. Use it on your face for soft, clean skin instead.
If natural/hippy brands aren't your thing but you still want something gentle, try this. It also contains vitamin A. Bonus.
The OG of pre-cleansers, this oil-to-milk emulsion used as a first step will take away any stubborn makeup or debris. Skin feels like silk after.