No two skincare routines are the same. However, you could say they all begin with the same step: cleansing. Cleansing is the base of a well-balanced skincare routine, since it removes impurities, melts away makeup, and prepares your skin for other skincare products. It’s a huge step, and so it’s no wonder that so many of us want to get it right from the start! If you’ve been looking for the best face wash to set you on the right path, then look here: we’ve gathered our favorite cleansers in one handy list, so you will easily be able to find the best fit for your needs.
CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser
Best face wash for dry skin
Created with dermatologists, this CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser is ideal for dry skin types. It removes dirt, makeup, and other impurities without disrupting the skin’s natural protective barrier or stripping the skin of its natural moisture.
With three essential ceramides and hyaluronic acid, this cleanser works to restore the skin’s natural barrier. As a result, it helps the skin lock in moisture. It has received the seal of acceptance of the American National Eczema Association, which means it’s also suitable for the care of sensitive and eczema-prone skin.
Bioderma Sensibio Mild Cleansing Foaming Gel
Best face wash for sensitive skin
The Bioderma Sensibio micellar water may be an icon of skincare for sensitive skin, but this cleansing gel isn’t far behind. (Indeed, it’s one of our favorite face washes for double cleansing.)
With a mild formula that is both soap-free and fragrance-free, this cleanser uses micellar technology in a practical rinse-off formula that can be used every day, all over the face (including eye area). Though gentle, this formula is effective enough to cleanse the skin and remove makeup. The physiological pH leaves the skin feeling comfortable, with none of the tightness or itching sensations that can sometimes be associated with cleansing gels.
Avène Cleanance Cleansing Gel
Best face wash for oily skin
For the daily hygiene of oily skin, our customers are big fans of the Avène Cleanance Cleansing Gel.
Formulated with soothing Avène thermal spring water, this face wash is much more than your average cleanser for oily skin. Indeed, it offers a triple action: it cleanses the skin by removing impurities, purifies the skin by reducing excess sebum, and mattifies oily skin. The result is a fresh and clear complexion that feels clean and purified.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Micro-Peeling Purifying Gel
Best face wash with salicylic acid
If you’re looking for a cleanser with salicylic acid, this La Roche-Posay Effaclar Micro-Peeling Purifying Gel is a great option. The first La Roche-Posay cleanser formulated with both micro-exfoliating and purifying agents, this formula harnesses the power of salicylic acid to purify the skin, unclog pores, and remove excess sebum.
Because of these properties, this cleanser is especially interesting for oily and acne-prone skin. However, other skin types may also benefit from this cleanser by using it as a body wash on areas affected by excess oil, such as the back or shoulders.
Caudalie Vinoclean Instant Foaming Cleanser
Best natural face wash
This foaming cleanser from Caudalie has always been popular, but now it’s even better. It’s got a new name, too: Caudalie Vinoclean Instant Foaming Cleanser. With a vegan formula created with 97% natural origin ingredients, this unique cleanser transforms into a luscious foam that brings both comfort and freshness to the skin.
If you love a fragrant cleanser, you won’t be disappointed with this one. Like other Caudalie products, this face wash features a lovely fragrance, combining floral notes of rose, white wood, watermelon, violet leaves, and pink peppercorn.
Sesderma Salises Foamy Soap-Free Cream
Best face wash for acne
This gentle foaming cleanser is one of our favorites for both oily and acne-prone skin. Since it’s formulated to be gentle on the skin, this product can be used even by people suffering from acute acne crisis or inflammatory acne. With 2% salicylic acid, this creamy cleanser is able to deeply cleanse the skin, penetrating the pores and cleansing from within.
Even though this is a soap-free formula, it lathers into a beautiful light foam that brings comfort to oily skin. Who says oily skin can’t benefit from fun, comforting cleansers?
Esthederm Esthe-White Brightening Youth Cleansing Foam
Best face wash for dark spots
If dark spots are among your top skin concerns, you may want every product in your routine to offer anti-dark spot benefits. That is precisely the rationale behind the Esthederm Esthe-White Brightening Youth Cleansing Foam; it is a facial foam that refreshes the skin while helping reduce the appearance of dark spots.
Suitable for daily use on the face, neck, and decollete, this cleansing foam is also ideal for those looking to revitalize dull skin that needs a boost of luminosity and radiance.
Rosacure Gel Gentle Cleansing Gel
Best face wash for rosacea
Especially formulated for skin affected by rosacea, Rosacure Gel Gentle Cleansing Gel is a favorite of our very own Care to Beauty team.
The greatest strength of this cleanser is that it can be used even when the skin reveals persistent redness, couperose, or papulopustular rosacea. The formula delivers hydrating properties while providing the skin with a soothing and anti-inflammatory action. If you’ve been looking for the right cleanser to ease your skin into a soothing skincare routine, try this one!
Here at Care to Beauty, we believe that the best face wash for you is the one that respects your skin type and furthers your skincare goals. We hope we’ve made the search a little bit easier for you. Want to see more? Then make sure to drop by the shop, where we’ve got many more cleansers available.
Beauty Writer & Editor