Milky cleanser

I am a cleansing addict. I prefer my beauty routine to be fast, and fuss-free, which starts with a damn good milk or cream cleanser. Editor Trudi Brewer shares her favourites.

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Apparently, I’m not the only one who loves a good milky cleanser. I have used gels and oils over the years but always find myself reaching for an efficient cream option. Why? They are gentle on skin, they double as an eye and face cleanser and won't leave skin feeling tight and dry. 
Here are the cleansers that soothe and calm redness.

Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Milk, $85. Chia Seed Oil and jasmine flower extract helps hydrate and soothe while calming redness. Avène Gentle Milk Cleanser, $44. For those with dry, sensitive skin, this cleanser leaves a velvety film on the skin which protects against dehydration. Dr. Hauschka Soothing Cleansing Milk, $54. Perfect for all skin types. It protects and calms sensitive skin while the jojoba, almond and apricot kernel oils nourish instantly.
Here are the creamy cleansers ideal for dry skin.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser, $38. It's more of a rich cream but used sparingly you get a lovely milky consistency that leaves skin feeling clean, soft and well nourished. Jurlique Replenishing Cleansing Lotion, $63. Loaded with skin-loving jojoba, macadamia and avocado oils, it's ideal for sensitive and dry skin thanks to the very hydrating shea butter. Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser, $36. The clary sage helps skin to retain moisture post cleansing. With wet palms work this cleanser into a creamy lotion and watch the oil and make-up vanish in seconds.  

Top tips
For cleansing skin, twice daily should be your goal, first thing in the morning to give skin a pick-me-up and when you get home at night to remover dirt, grime and makeup.

Start with damp skin, splash your face with water and massage cleanser into skin. Then use a patting, pressing motion for a few seconds using the palms of your hands. This pulls the sunscreen and infallible makeup from the pores of the skin and ensures a great cleanse. Always remove cleanser with lukewarm water never hot - we use cotton cleansing wipes or a clean face cloth to remove cleanser.


There's a right and a wrong way to cleanse the eye area. Don't tug, pull and rub at the skin around the eyes when removing long-lasting eye shadow and mascara. Use a damp cotton pad with cleanser and hold it on the eye area and then gently wipe downwards. Next, open the eye and remove any excess makeup around the lash line with a damp cotton bud soaked in the cleanser.