This type of facial cleanser looks and swivels like a deodorant stick,is as portable as one, and is even swiped on in the same way. The difference: Its balm-like texture ensures the product glides smoothly over skin and doesn’t tug. To use: Twist, run tube over wet hand, work product into a lather, clean face, rinse.
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<b> ART DIRECTION</b> SHERLI CHONG
Mamonde Pore Clean Blackhead Stick, $15.
Use this on the T-zone to soften black heads and white heads for easier removal, and to get rid of excess sebum without drying out the skin.
Caolion Pore Triple Action Cleansing Stick, $37.
The double cleansing scrub melts right into skin, transforming from balm to oil to remove makeup, then to foam for deep cleansing. In two variations: charcoal for oily skin, and green tea to soothe irritated skin.
Urban Decay Meltdown Makeup Remover Cleansing Oil Stick, $39.
Apply this to skin when it’s dry, not wet. Then, massage with damp fingers and watch as stubborn waterproof makeup rinses right off. Its fruity scent is also a delight.
Su:m37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick, $38.
This is a cult favourite. Its light foam gently cleanses and exfolia tes thin, sensitive and troubled skin. It’s best to lather the product between your hands first as the balm becomes very watery when applied.
Tarte Frxtion Stick Exfoliating Cleanser, $35.
The gel-balm creates a rich lather and has micro-beads to remove dead skin cells on the surface to reveal a softer, more radiant complexion.
Belif The True Tincture Cleansing Stick – Chamomile, $39.
It is sulphate free, l ow in acidity (pH 5), and hypoallergenic.
Which makes it an excellent mild exfoliating cleanser for sensitive skin. Its herb-and camomile scent is relaxing, too.
Origins Modern Friction Cleansing Stick with Exfoliating White & Purple Rice, $51.
Foams up really thick and creamy, more than any of the lot here. Skin feels comfortable and clean, not tight and dry, after use. It works best as a final cleanser after removing makeup and sunscreen.
A cleansing stick travels well: there are no liquid restrictions to consider. To keep it clean after each use, rinse and wipe down the top layer of the balm with tissue paper. Keep it capped until your next use.
It’s tough on the heaviest eye makeup but so gentle on the eye area.
This doubles as a purifying mask – leave it on for 10 minutes, two to three times a week.