The 5 Cleansers I Trust to Keep My Skin Clear

Best Cleansers for Flawless Skin

Longtime readers will know that I’m meticulous about my skincare routine – particularly when it comes to cleansing. I always cleanse in the morning after showering, and double cleanse every evening before bed. And when I say always, I mean always!

I rarely get spots or breakouts, and I have no doubt this is due to my strict cleansing regime. Because, in the words of skincare goddess Caroline Hirons: “Cleansing is by far the most important step of your routine. I don’t care what anyone says, if you are consistently ‘cleansing’ (aka moving the dirt around your face) with wipes and then applying a really expensive serum/moisturiser on top, you are wasting your money. And your time.”

Removing every trace of makeup, SPF, dirt and daily grime from your face is the first step to achieving clear, radiant skin. And here are the 5 cleansers that I swear by…

1. Dr Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Pore Perfecting Cleansing Gel
From £17, shop here

The Alpha Beta Pore Perfecting Cleansing Gel is a relatively new launch from Dr Dennis Gross. At first glance I didn’t think I’d like it, because it’s a foaming cleanser (and typically foam formulas dehydrate my skin). But it’s actually become my go-to for both morning and night.

It contains alpha hydroxy acids, so it gently exfoliates and cleanses the skin without drying it out. I’ve been using it since summer 2018, and it’s made my skin look noticeably clearer. I used to get frequent bouts of blackheads around my T-zone, but since introducing this cleanser to my skincare routine they’ve become a very rare occurrence.

Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Cleansing Gel

2. Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm
£21, shop here

Clinique’s iconic cleansing balm is hands-down the best cleanser for removing makeup at the end of the day. It quickly dissolves even the most stubborn makeup – waterproof mascara and sunscreen included – allowing you to be really gentle with your skin. I use it as the first step in my cleansing routine.

Clinique Take the Day Off

3. Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser
£15.50, shop here

Liz Earle only make one cleanser – Cleanse & Polish – because they managed to perfect a formula that works for everybody. The plant-based cleanser contains cocoa butter, rosemary, chamomile and eucalyptus, and effectively removes makeup and daily grime whilst also moisturising and re-balancing the skin.

If you’re only going to purchase one cleanser, Cleanse & Polish is the smart choice because it works well as both a first and second cleanse. So you can double cleanse with just one product.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish

4. Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm
£43, shop here

Elemis’ Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm has been one of my beauty favourites for years. I absolutely adore it! Although it’s super-effective at dissolving makeup, I always use this formula as the second step in my evening cleansing routine, because it’s deeply nourishing and has an indulgent feel. It’s more expensive than the other cleansers on this list, but can also be used as a face mask.

Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm

5. Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser
£26, shop here

Sunday Riley’s Ceramic Slip Cleanser is a new discovery for me, as I was given a travel-sized sample in a Christmas gift box. It’s formulated with three types of clay and promises to give a “radiant complexion”. The first time I used this cleanser I was mesmerised by the results – my skin felt SO soft and looked crystal clear the next morning.

It’s a revamped formula, and some fans of the original product haven’t rated the change. But, having never tried the original, I can’t hate on this new blend and I think it makes a great second cleanse. Although, it’s important to note, it’s the only cleanser on this list that I avoid using around my eyes, because it stings a bit.

Sunday Riley Ceramic Clip Cleanser

Which cleansers do you swear by? Share your favourites in the comments section below…

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  1. Flic says:

    REN Evercalm Cleansing Milk is my go-to for clear skin – it smells so good and lasts for ages. I love their green credentials, too.

  2. The Clinique Cleansing Balm is my personal favourite 🙂

  3. The hot cloth cleanser is great, great for a Sunday pampering session 🙂

  4. Julia says:

    I’m seeing quite a few of my favourites there, or ones that I’d like to try 🙂


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