Spring lends itself to ‘Spring Cleaning’ headlines, and the beauty pages are full of features on cleansers. I’ll keep this one simple – and limit it to my top five – because simple is just what cleansing should be.
Going to bed with make-up on is Room 101 for your skin. Cleansing in the morning matters too because skin carries on producing sebum overnight and you need more than just water to wash it away. What should you look for in a cleanser? One that suits your skin type and condition and that leaves it feeling clean without the squeaky.
Aurelia Miracle Cleanser
Billed as a ‘miracle cleanser’, it may not help you walk on water but it will improve the condition of your skin, especially ageing skin. A creamy infusion of Camomile, Eucalyptus, Rosemary and Bergamot with a delicate fragrance to uplift your spirits while it lifts off the grime. The science is a little tricky to get your head around – with the promise that it merges probiotic and peptide technologies – but the plant power ingredient list is sound with bio-organic and omega rich Baobab and anti-oxidant Hibiscus working to repair and strengthen skin cells. The larger size comes in a pump format which is probably easier to use than the pot.
£38 for 120ml or £62 for 240ml, with 10% off your first order.
Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm
Another botanical, all-natural option with Moringa, Wild Sea Fennel and Vitamin E to purify and minimise pores. A blend of zingy Orange, Neroli and Mandarin work alongside calming Jasmine and Rose to revitalise dull, dehydrated and mature skin of all types. What I love most about facialist Emma Hardie’s cleanser is the refreshing lack of Aqua at the top of the ingredient list. This product is packed full of essential oils and, for that reason, doubles up as an instant rescue mask for tired skin.
www.emmahardie.com (if out of stock, try www.marksandspencer.com)
£39 for 100g
‘Ren’ means ‘clean’ in Swedish, and It’s hard to go wrong with a REN cleanser. There’s something for everyone in the range, and each product is a hero in its own right. The advice for people with dry skin (that’s me) is often to steer clear of gel textures, but there’s nothing drying about REN’s Rosa Centifolia Cleansing Gel. It’s all about refreshment, and it’s been my go-to in-shower cleanser for years. To keep oily patches under control try REN’s Clarimatte T-Zone Control Cleansing Gel. ClearCalm Clarifying Clay Cleanser (try saying that in a hurry) offers a deeper cleanse and helps reduce sebum production and inflammation.
From £14 to £19 (depending on the product) for 150ml.
OM Pure Glow Cleanser
A glowing review for my new find which is all about balance and mindfulness – both things many of us could do with more of. Dr Om has combined her scientific background with ancient wisdom to bring some of the Chi Energy found in nature to cleansing. Aloe Vera, Rosewood and Sweet Orange essential oils stimulate collagen and support skin’s natural pH (which is mildly acidic). It’s been called ‘meditation for your skin’. Not sure I’d go that far, but there’s a delicious lightness to it that gets my morning off to a great start. Its real strength for me is in the evening. Oily, balmy and creamy cleansers are normally better at heavy-lifting and it’s unusual to find a gel that’s this good at removing make-up.
£35 for 150ml
Bee Good Honey & Propolis 2-in-1 Cream Cleanser
With an attractive commitment to supporting British bees, the quality of Bee Good’s cleanser defies its price point. Suitable for even the most sensitive of skin, it cleans without drying as the Wildflower Honey in the mix attracts and locks in water. The formula also contains Crambe Oil, Bee’s Wax and Propolis, a resin that honeybees use to plug gaps in the beehive. A natural skin smoother, Propolis is mildly antiseptic and antibacterial making it good for healing and balancing hormonal skin.
£11.50 for 100ml