(Picture: Getty, Primark, The Organic Pharmacy & Kiehl’s)Cleansing is an essential part of your daily skincare routine… or at least it should be.
We’re inundated with skincare advice on the world-wide web, but cleansing is crucial. Over the course of the day a build-up of gunk, grease, sweat, makeup and even pollutants stick to the skin’s surface. If you don’t wash that stuff off, it will clog your pores and have a number of negative effects on the skin, including breakouts.
The beauty market is flooded with cleanser options, from oils, milks, creams, balms and foaming cleansers, all of which promise to give you the cleanest of skin. So it can be hard finding a cleanser that works best for your skin type.
But if you are on the hunt for the best cleanser, award-winning beauty journalist Alessandra Steinherr has got you covered, no matter your skin type.
Alessandra (AKA Alex), who spent a decade at Glamour as their Beauty Director and has since collaborated on a skincare range with Primark, took to Instagram Wednesday evening to share her top five cleansers with her 189K followers as part of her #AlexEdit.
Alex started the video by stressing the importance of cleansing: ‘For me cleanser is literally the most important step in your skincare routine. I don’t care how many fancy creams, serums, retinols and expensive stuff you have, or how long your routine is. If you’re not using a good cleanser, or cleansing your skin properly, there is literally no point.’
‘As far as I’m concerned you might as well take that money and through it out of the window.’
The Creative and Beauty Director explained how facial cleansers remove dirt and oil from you face, while makeup remover will take off the makeup.
‘This video is about cleansers, not makeup removers. So if you’re not a makeup wearer you can go straight ahead with the cleanser. If you are a makeup wearer, I’d always remove makeup first. That’s the two-step cleansing system: double cleansing.’
Double-cleansing may sound like a load of mumbo jumbo, but it’s an effective and simple way to wash your face; once to remove makeup and a second time to deep clean the skin.
Alex then dived straight into her favourite cleansers, stating that they’re all ‘phenomenal’ and ‘the best of the best on the market at the moment’.
Here are her top five cleansers.
1. Koh Gen Do Spa Foaming Facial Wash
(Picture: Skinstore)Alex says: ‘What’s great about this is it’s alcohol-free – I don’t believe in alcohol in cleansers. It’s sulfate-free of course, plus it’s mildly acidic, which is great because you want your cleanser to be a little bit acidic. That is the whole point, that cleanser is meant to bring your pH down a little bit.
‘This cleanser is beautiful on drier, dehydrated skin types, because it will never, ever, never leave your skin tight and it works really well.’
Who it’s for: All skin types
Koh Gen Do Spa Foaming Facial Wash, £36.51
2. Is Clinical Cleansing Complex
(Picture: Facethefuture)Alex describes this as a ‘genius cleanser’.
‘It’s got a little bit of salicylic acid in it and it is very low lathering,’ she explains. ‘It also contains vitamin A and E.
‘It will help really cleanse the pores – that’s what salicylic acid does – it’s an oil soluble acid but it’s at a very low percentage.
Who it’s for: Acne, blemish prone, or sensitive skin types
Is Clinical Cleansing Complex, £29.89
3. The Organic Pharmacy Rose Facial Cleansing Gel
(Picture: Feelunique)Yes, it smells of roses.
It’s also super conditioning and hydrating on the skin.
Who it’s for: Mature, dehydrated and dry skin types
The Organic Pharmacy Rose Facial Cleansing Gel, £49
4. Primark Pore Balance Low-Ph Sulfate-Free Cleanser
(Picture: Primark)Well, Alessandra would include her own cleanser, wouldn’t she?
The beauty expert says this is a wonderful cleanser for all skin types.
‘It has got the salicylic acid in it, which is really great for oily skin and complexions that have bigger pores,’ she notes.
‘Again it’s a low pH which is what you want in a cleanser. I developed this because I wanted something that’s more affordable, that is good for skins that are blemished or trouble.
‘My whole range is fragrance free, it’s vegan friendly, it’s got no sulfates.’
Who it’s for: Oily, blemish prone skin, combination and young skin types
Primark Pore Balance Low-Ph Sulfate-Free Cleanser, £4
5. Kiehl’s Centella Sensitive Facial Cleanser
(Picture: Kiehl’s)‘Whenever my skin is unhappy, irritated, a little bit red, I use the Kiehl’s Centella Sensitive Facial Cleanser,’ says Alex.
‘It contains Centella Asiatica extract, which is calming and soothing. It’s also non-foaming; whenever you have any irritation you don’t want any foaming going on.
‘It’s got glycerin in it, which will condition the skin and as it’s a humectant it will keep that hydration in the skin.
‘This is great because you can rinse it off, or tissue it off. Sometimes water can be a problem when your skin is irritated. So if you’re prone to irritation, this is one that I love.’
Who’s it for: Sensitive skin types
Kiehl’s Centella Sensitive Facial Cleanser, £28
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