When rated on effectiveness, skin cleansers are expected to thoroughly clean the skin and wash off without leaving a greasy or dry feeling. More economical brands have been found to be just as effective as the expensive lines, as the ingredients are what makes them perform well, not the price. The best type should be free of fragrances and colorants, as these can lead to irritation in many users. Packaging, advertising or erroneous claims such as those that claim to reverse signs of aging, etc should not be considered when choosing a truly effective and high-performing product. Remember, too, that face washes are meant only to clean and do not prevent aging, reverse aging or give new life to your skin.
Alpha Hydrox Foaming Face Wash; Alpha Hydrox’s foaming face wash is soap-free, alcohol free and pH balanced and claims to be a good product for dry skin types. This is because it avoids further drying out the skin. It is a gentle but thorough cleanser that users report leaves the skin soft and non greasy.
Dove Cool Moisture Foaming Facial Cleanser; Dove’s Cool Moisture foaming facial cleanser claims to provide hydration as well as deep cleansing.
Eucerin Aquaphor Gentle Wash for Baby and Gentle Hydrating Cleanser; this is a soap free gentle product that helps to reduce the drying effects of cleansing. It is particularly good for sensitive skin types.
Marcelle Gentle Foaming Wash; this unscented and non irritating face wash has been reviewed highly by the normal/dry skin users on www.makeupalley.com. With glycerine as one of the ingredients, it has great moisturizing properties.
Neutrogena One Step Gentle Cleanser; Neutrogena’s One Step Gentle Cleanser boasts complete makeup removal as well as clean skin.
Department Store Brands
Clinique Mild Liquid Facial Soap; developed by Clinique’s dermatologists, this facial soap claims non drying and protective properties.
Dior Self-Foaming Cleanser; Cosmetic America calls it “magic water”, the white tea in this product claims radiance-boosting properties.
Isomers Foaming Cleanser; Isomers Foaming Cleanser works on all skin types to clean impurities and remove makeup.
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser; this products boasts apricot kernel oil and avocado oil as key ingredients, which are vitamin rich and moisturizing. It is also pH balanced to preserve the skin’s natural balance.
Patricia Wexler M.D. Dual Action Foaming Cleanser; developed by a clinical dermatologists with 20 years experience, reviews claim overall clearer and softer skin.
Word of Advice
Good skin care begins with a high quality face wash. The bottom line is that a face wash is meant to clean, not strip, and not leave behind residue, dirt or makeup. Price, social reputation, advertising and beautiful packaging neither qualify a product as well-performing nor should be involved in the decision making process.
- Consumer Search: Facial Cleanser Review
- "Don’t Go To the Cosmetics Counter Without Me", Paule Begoun; 2010