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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!


Bottle of Simple Hydrating Cleansing Oil alongside cotton pads in a bathroom setting

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 Refreshing Facial Wash Gel

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 Moisturizing Facial Wash

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

Tube of Simple Moisturising Facial Wash alongside flowers

Combination Skin

Combination skin is when some parts of your skin feel dry and others are oilier (we see you 3pm shine!). Our tip is to try a gentle cleanser that’ll help balance both, so skin is left feeling cleansed and not tight. A rinse-free micellar cleanser uses clever cleansing bubbles to effectively attract dirt, leaving your skin grime-free, without stripping away your natural barrier. Why not mix it up and alternate cleansers? Depending on how your skin is feeling on the day, it can help balance your concerns.


Our best cleanser for combination skin

Simple Kind to Skin Micellar Cleansing Water

Is rinse-free and gentle on even the most sensitive skin.

Simple Purifying Cleansing Lotion on a white background alongside make-up brushes, face cloths and cotton pads.

Dehydrated Skin 

Dehydration can easily be relieved with the right products. If you can treat the signs of dehydration, skin sensitivity can decrease, too. It’s a win-win! When picking a cleanser for dehydrated skin try one with an instant boost of hydration that won’t wash away, and help rehydrate and combat the rough patches, tightness, and fine hydration lines around your eyes and jaw.


Our best cleanser for dehydrated skin

Simple Kind to Skin Moisturizing Facial Wash

Is gentle and instantly rehydrates skin.

Two micellar gel cleansers lying on face cloth

Whatever you’re after, there’s a best facial cleanser out there for you, and your skin. From oily, blemish-prone, dry, and combination skin (or even if you feel dehydrated at times!)  we’ve got your skin cleansing queries sorted.

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