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How to Pick the Best Facial Cleanser for Your Skin

Where to start? It’s up to you! But, a good cleanser should always leave your skin feeling clean (but not tight) and refreshed, with no trace of make-up left behind. Whether your skin is oily, blemish-prone, dry, combination, or dehydrated, here is your go-to guide for finding the best facial cleanser for your skin.


“The best cleanser for your skin should clean and refresh skin without leaving it feeling tight or dry.”

Oily skin

If oilier skin is your gripe (hello T-zone!), try a cleansing oil. Sounds odd, but oil dissolves oil, meaning when you massage a cleansing oil into your skin, it will gently lift away impurities without stripping your skin of its natural, good oils. The result? Your skin is left shine-free and moisturised!

Blemish-prone skin

Blemish-prone skin is double-trouble as skin can be dehydrated and oily at the same time. Pores can become clogged and breakouts can happen on the regular, and yet it can still feel tight and dry in other areas. A gentle cleanser that doesn’t strip away moisture is key! Use a gentle, soap-free cleanser to make sure you don’t dry out your skin. But don’t overdo it! Cleansing too harshly can mean skin becomes irritated and uncomfortable.

Our best cleanser for blemish-prone skin

 Simple Kind to Skin Moisturizing Facial Wash

Ok, we’re biased but our cleanser won’t dry out your skin - in fact it boosts hydration levels and cleanses gently. 

Tube of Simple Refreshing Facial Wash lying on a white face cloth alongside green flowers

Dry Skin

There’s sometimes confusion between dehydrated skin and dry skin, as the signs can feel the same. Dehydrated skin is where there’s water lacking in the skin, whereas dry skin is a lack of oil or lipids. When skin is dry, our lipid barrier is disrupted, and water can escape. The signs of dry skin? Think itching, redness, flaking, and tightness. The best kind of cleanser for dry skin is one that’s gentle and moisturizing like a cleansing oil, or cream cleanser. Unsure if you’re dry or dehydrated? A good, moisture-balancing cleanser should help both. 


Our best cleanser for dry skin 

Simple Kind to Skin Micellar Cleansing Water

One of our faves, this feels gentle, hydrating, and moisturizing.

Simple Kind to Skin Micellar Cleansing Water alongside flowers

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