Sick of your cleanser drying out your skin? New formulations promise to look after your skin barrier, keep hydration intact and wash away the day’s dirt.
Cleansing is one of the most important steps in your skincare routine, and although you don’t have to spend big (it’s completely up to you), there’s nothing worse than a cleanser that dries out your complexion, leaving your skin feeling tight, dry and uncomfortable.
Luckily, they’re not all moisturise-sucking. We’ve rounded up nine new gel, oil, milk, cream and foam cleansers that promise not to dehydrate skin, but instead gently wipe away makeup and pollutants while infusing skin with nourishing and balancing ingredients.
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Clarins One-Step Exfoliating Cleanser with Orange Extract, $48 at Adore Beauty
More than just a cleanser, this guy removes makeup and grime, gently exfoliates, detoxifies and tones in one single step. Formulated with Moringa seed oil to neutralise the effects of pollution and orange extract to tone and revive sallow skin.
TBH Skincare Gentle Cleanser, $30 at TBH Skincare
Made for acne-prone skin types, this gentle gel cleanser contains lactic acid for mild resurfacing as well as glycerine for hydration – no stripping included.
The Jojoba Company Jojoba Activating Cleansing Oil, $39.95 at The Jojoba Company
This rich oily number transforms with water into a milky emulsion. Not only does it effectively cleanse skin without stripping hydration levels, it leaves your complexion soft, smooth and radiant, too.
Biologi Bc Refresh Cleanser, $62 at Adore Beauty
Made from one single ingredient – Soapberry extract, a potent and organic fruit that naturally creates a light foam. It promises not to strip skin or disturb the protective barrier.
Nivea Naturally Good Organic Aloe Vera Micellar Wash, $5.49 at Chemist Warehouse
Formulated with up to 99% natural ingredients, with the other 1% created synthetically for stability and skin safety. Hero ingredient aloe vera helps skin stay hydrated moisturised for 24 hours.
Fresh Kombucha Cleansing Treatment, $66 at Sephora
Time-poor? Look no further than a no-rinse formulation. Powered by prebiotic inulin and kombucha, this cleansing treatment feeds the skin’s microbiota for a healthy balance and a dose of extra protection against free radicals.
Caudalie Cleansing Almond Milk, $39 at Sephora
Launching on April 6, it’s ideal for sensitive and sensitised skin types. Sweet almond oil nourishes, cornflower water soothes and antioxidant protect from damage and dehydration. Looking at the numbers, it’s made from 97% natural-origin ingredients, 100% vegan and bottled in 100% recycled plastic.
Emma Lewisham Illuminating Oil Cleanser with Flower Enzymes, Papaya & Chia, $70 at David Jones
A luxe, silky oil cleanser packed with full-spectrum skin-boosting antioxidants, nutrients, and vitamins. Made from 100% natural ingredients, this pH-balancing drop works to nourish and hydrate as it cleans.
Biore Daily Detox Cleanser, $10.99 at Chemist Warehouse
Formulated with organic cannabis sativa seed oil and green tea extract, this cleanser focuses on blemish-prone skin and clogged pores.
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