We’re constantly searching for the ultimate cleanser—one that removes makeup and dirt, but doesn't strip away moisture. Everyone has a different skin type and need, but when it comes down to it, we all want the same thing: clear, dewy, youthful skin. Here are a few of our favorites:
GENTLE GEL CLEANSER
If there's one thing Grown Alchemist has mastered (though definitely not the only thing), it’s creating the perfect balance of scents. When you're lathering up with their Gentle Gel Facial Cleanser, you smell the subtle botanical blend of geranium leaf, bergamot and rosebud and it immediately takes you to another place. It's a pretty great way to start a day! The active ingredients are chamomile, bergamot and willow bark—they reduce pore size and the appearance of age spots. Cold-pressed rose petals even skin, while aloe vera soothes. It’s suitable for all skin types.
Gentle Gel Facial Cleanser
Geranium Leaf, Bergamot & Rose-Bud, $39.
THAT SQUEAKY CLEAN FEELING
Earth tu Face’s Face Wash with Palmarosa + Aloe is, quite literally, good enough to eat. The gentle formula contains food-grade ingredients. This is our go-to face wash for those late nights when you’re almost too tired to wash off your makeup. Palmarosa essential oil leaves your face squeaky clean and dirt free—it’s a natural antiseptic and antibacterial. The Vitamin E, olive oil and aloe will replenish, hydrate and heal.
EARTH TU FACE
Face Wash Palmarosa + Aloe, $28.
IF YOU'RE NOT A FAN OF FOAM...
If you hate anything that foams and you can't wait to wash it off your face because you're afraid you'll get it in your eyes…Grown Alchemist gets it right with the Olive Leaf & Plantago Extract Facial Cream Cleanser. What is Plantago extract? It's derived from the Plantago Major plant and is known for its anti-inflammatory, emollient and astringent properties. This means that it reduces swelling and redness, helps make skin soft and supple, and relieves skin irritations. This is our top choice for those who have sensitive skin.
Olive Leaf & Plantago Extract Facial Cream Cleanser, $49.
FIGHTING AGE, ONE DAY AT A TIME
There's something familiar, yet new about Context’s face wash. We love its nostalgic drugstore scent—but it’s made with better ingredients. The Context daily facial cleanser is packed with nutrient-rich, anti-aging ingredients, like jojoba, avocado, cucumber, and chamomile oils, lemon and rosehip extract, and vitamins A and E. Goodbye fine lines, hello smoother, firmer skin!
Daily Facial Cleanser, $30.
SEE YA LATER. BLEMISHES
We're big fans of Morihata's understated skincare products. This sleek charcoal soap is a perfect example of modern Japanese design combined with centuries-perfected techniques. This is ideal for those battling oily, acne-prone skin. The ultrafine binchotan charcoal powder absorbs impurities and has anti-bacterial properties. It also stimulates blood circulation, resulting in healthier, more radiant skin. Chamomile oil, rosemary oil and carrot seed extract help soothe, nourish, and heal. It's a fuss-free item to add to your daily routine.
Binchotan Facial Soap, $28.