Wipe, swipe, wash, or foam off that dirt and make-up with the new area of clever cleansers. And with so many to choose from these days, how do you know which one is best for your skin type ?
Whether you’re a sensitive soul, who needs a bit of extra TLC or you want to get rid of shine and excess oils, we’ve tested the newest make-up removers out there and got some tips from the experts.
Pick your perfect match and get rid of the grime.
What are they? “Micelles are molecules that float in the water and act as a magnet, drawing out oil and dirt from your pores,” says Dr Philippa Lowe, Simple Skincare Expert and Dermatologist. There’s no need to rinse, either – just put a bit on a cotton pad, then sweep over your face and neck.
Perfect for : Sensitive skin, which is often irritated by scrubbing and rinsing.
The micelles in this work to attract all the grime and make-up, and get rid of them. Your skin is left clean without being weighed down with artificial fragrances.
There’s a version for dry skin as well, but this one has added zinc to help regulate oil production.
The rosehip oil and rose-water in this soothes sensitive skin, while the micelle formula cleanses – all without damaging the moisture barrier.
What are they? “Foam cleansers used to contain high levels of SLS (sodium lauryl sulphate) – a cheap ingredient that makes skin feel dry and tight after using,” says Philippa. But these days, you can buy ones that don’t contain harsh chemicals.
Perfect for: Though there are options for all skin types, this sort of cleanser is a good choice for people with oily or shiny skin.
Origins, Estee Lauder and Simple foaming cleansers
A vitamin hit for a dull complexion – the green tea and spirulina in this give you a deep cleanse. Use with water for a foamy cleanser, or once a week as a mask.
Wash off the smog with this cleanser that removes impurities from your skin, including the dirt from traffic fumes.
Free from SLS and packed with added moisturisers, so even when it’s washed off, your face won’t feel irritated or tight.
What are they? A lot of us are still cautious about oils, as there’s a myth that by adding oil onto skin, it will cause a shiny face and blocked pores. “In reality, oils are attracted to each other, so an oil cleanser makes it easier to remove the build-up from your skin,” says Philippa.
Perfect for: As only the good oils are left, these can be really nourishing for dry skin types.
Sanctuary Spa, Elizabeth Arden and Pure oil cleansers
This gets rid of even waterproof mascara, using a mix of avocado and jojoba oils. There’s no need for fiddly pads either, just massage into your skin and rinse off.
A beauty team favourite – it gives a silky soft feel, while conditioning skin by using an omega-rich and vitamin E formula.
There are no mineral oils or fragrance in this oily balm, only a gentle mix of rose extract and blackcurrant seed oil.
What are they? Wipes have a bad name in the beauty industry, but new skin-friendly technology is changing that. “Micellar wipes are the most effective, because they don’t leave residue on your skin,” says Philippa.
Perfect for: If you’re active with spot-prone skin, they’re handy for cleansing before and after a workout. Just make sure they’re alcohol-free.
Clinique, Simple and St Ives cleansing wipes
Pricey, but their larger size and the extra-saturated formula means they get off even waterproof mascara, without a fight.
2. Simple Kind To Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes, £3.29 (available June)
Improved wipes with 44% more moisturising benefits than the old version. Plus, the pack has aqua-lock technology, so they won’t dry out after opening.
No astringents in these – just added chamomile extract to softly cleanse and balance oil production.