16 cleansers your skin will love

Are you using the right cleanser for your skins needs? Sarah Simpson helps you decide.

Cleansing your face is one of the best feelings there is after a long day out and about. Almost cathartic, cleansing allows your skin the chance to be freed from the make-up that you had to put on at 8am in the morning and ready for the rest of your evening skincare ritual. 

No matter what your skincare concerns are, there's a plethora of cleansers available to help each and every issue and here are some of the best there is.


Sensitive/Inflamed skin
Those of you who have sensitive skin know how hard it can be to find a cleanser which won't cause a reaction. Seek out brands which offer a variant that has calming ingredients such as cucumber and aloe and also choose fragrance-free where possible. These choices will also work to combat the redness that can occur from having inflamed skin.

MAC Green Gel Cleanser, $44. Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser, $44. Shiseido IBUKI Gentle Cleanser, $65. Lancôme Gel Eclat Cleanser, $76.

Tip - Rather than rubbing the cleanser into your skin which might cause more irritation, try patting it onto your face allowing it to sink in without any extra friction.

Ageing skin
Battling the signs of ageing doesn't just come down to creams and lotions, there are also cleansers that offer anti-aging benefits. Often best used in conjunction with the rest of the range, these formulations offer your skin a thorough cleanse working to promote cell renewal and a more even-toned complexion.

Dermalogica Age Smart Skin Resurfacing Cleanser, $75. Prevage Anti-Aging Treatment Boosting Cleanser,$75. Eve Lom Cleanser, $145. Ultraceuticals Ultra Brightening Foaming Cleanser, $70.

Tip - Use your hands to work the cleanser into the skin allowing it to really work its magic and get the brightening properties working deep into the skin.

Dull/Dry Skin
As well as aiding in sloughing off the top layer of your skin which is often to blame for the dullness, these cleansers contain brightening complexes which work to wake-up a tired-looking complexion. It's not unusual for these cleansers to have an exfoliating component in them to work on buffing your complexion clean.

Pure Fiji Cleanser, $45. Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Intensive Hydrating Creme Cleanser, $92. Bobbi Brown Hydrating Cream Cleanser, $70. Elizabeth Arden Skin Illuminating Smoothing Cleanser, $69.

Tip - Take some of the hard work out of the task by using a cleansing brush, we love Clinique's Sonic System Cleansing Brush, $165.

Hormonal breakouts
As much as we would like to think spots are a thing of the past, hormonal breakouts still occur well past the teenage years. Good news is that skincare companies know this and have produced cleansers tailored to assist with these breakouts. They mainly work on removing oil build-up on the skin often thanks to salicylic acid. These cleansers are generally also very gentle on the skin to help calm an inflamed skin.

Decleor Aroma Cleanse Fresh Purifying Gel, $50. Environ Skincare B-Active Sebuwash, $51. Kate Somerville Detox Daily Cleanser, $57. Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Cleansing Gel, $38.

Tip - Don't reach for the blotting powder just yet, these cleansers mattify skin and over time also help to reduce the appearance of large pores.