Cleansers decoded

They're often left as an afterthought in our skincare routines, but never underestimate the power of a good cleanser. Not only do they provide important skin-improving benefits, but cleansing correctly will help your other products to work more efficiently too. Here's our pick of the best.

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The balm cleanser

Clinique Cleansing Balm

Lightweight and silky, the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm melts away dirt and every last bit of makeup while nourishing your skin. It's suitable for every skin type and perfect to add to your routine as we move into winter.

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm, £26


The foam cleanser

Origins cleanser

Best suited to oily and combination types, a foam cleanser will leave your skin squeaky clean. This formula from Origins works to re-balance your complexion, preventing the production of excess oil while protecting any patches prone to dryness.

Origins Checks & Balances, £17.50


The exfoliating cleanser

Murad AHA/BHA Cleanser

Exfoliating cleansers are designed to decongest clogged pores, remove excess oil and kill bacteria. They're usually used in the morning or as a second cleanse in the evening - not to remove makeup. Murad's contains the key acne-busting ingredient, Salicylic Acid.

Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser, £38


The cleansing milk

Sisley cleanser

If you suffer with dry, sensitive skin, try a milk cleanser to gently clean and soothe without stripping it of its natural oils. Enriched with white lily, Sisley's leaves skin feeling hydrated and smells like a spa. 

Sisley Lyslait Makeup Remover Cleansing Milk, £82.50


The micellar water

Kiehl's micellar cleanser

These low-maintenance cleansers are great when you're super busy or on-the-go. They remove dirt and makeup, no rinsing required. This one from Kiehl's is formulated with 99.8% naturally-derived ingredients, so it's not harsh on your skin.

Kiehl's Micellar Cleansing Water, £22


The eye makeup remover

Charlotte Tilbury

If your eye makeup is particuarly stubborn and long-lasting, it's worth using a separate cleanser to avoid any discomfort or irritation. Charlotte Tilbury's Take It All Off will remove it in one swipe and includes soothing antioxidants.

Charlotte Tilbury Take It All Off, £22