The latest facial cleansers do more than just cleanse; they also soothe, brighten, hydrate and keep the skin clear with consistent use.
For acne-prone skin
Sisley Gentle Cleansing Gel with Tropical Resins, $110.
Botanical extracts are the heroes in this herbal-scented gel cleanser. Benzoin helps keep acne-causing bacteria at bay while incense and myrrh calm redness and ammation, and marshmallow extract acts a humectant to draw moisture to the skin.
For combination skin
Neutrogena Deep Clean Cleansing Oil-to-Foam, $30.90
Unlike most cleansing oils, this one doesn’t leave a residue on the skin. It starts off as regular cleansing oil when applied to dry skin, but upon contact with water, it transforms into a silky foam that rinses off easily. The gentle formula deepcleanses oily skin without drying it out.
For clogged pores
Cle de Peau Beaute Cleansing Clay Scrub, $89.
Kaolin clay, the main ingredient in this mineral-rich scrub, helps remove surface dead skin cells and purify acne-prone complexions. Use once or twice a week on dry skin in place of your normal cleanser. Leave on for a minute or two so the active ingredients have time to work, before washing it off .
For sensitive skin
La Mer The Cleansing Micellar Water, $175.
Most micellar waters aren’t powerful enough to remove waterproof makeup, but this waterbased one, which also rids the skin of sweat and dirt, is. Infused with La Mer’s signature Miracle Broth, purifying algae extract and other sea minerals, it leaves the skin clean, calm and moisturised.
For dull skin
Kose Sekkisei Treatment Cleansing Oil, $30.
A lightweight cocktail of coix, sesame and safflower seed oils penetrates deep into pores to dissolve keratin plugs and other impurities, while brightening your visage with continued use. Just two pumps is enough for the face and neck.
For oily skin
Biore Oil Control Micellar Cleansing Water, $18.90
Alcohol-, fragrance-, colourant- and oil-free, this micellar water has oilcontrol and antibacterial properties that make it especially suitable for those with acne-prone skin. It also has enriched collagen and white tea extract to work on improving skin texture.