Beauty – The Perfect Cleanser

It took me a really long time to understand what my skin type is. I always thought it was normal, so I would just buy any cleaner I could find, usually a cheapie in the supermarket, then wonder why my skin broke out, or I felt like I had a film of residue left on my face after I’d washed it in the shower. It wasn’t until I was in my mid twenties (I know) that a beauty therapist commented that my skin was a little dry. Really? But I didn’t have patches of dry, flaky skin I always associated with dry skin, say on my legs or feet. Turns out I have normal to dry skin, that gets a little drier in the Winter months. So I adjusted my cleanser purposes accordingly and began the search for the perfect cleanser for my newly discovered skin type. Over the last ten years I’ve tried a bunch of them, with varying degrees of success, but I’ve settled on my favourite four (so far!), and I wanted to share them. You know, just in case you’re like me and you’re a bit clueless about skin types and how to treat them. I’ve written about these before in various beauty posts, but figured it would be a good reference point to pop them into one convenient post!

Lacura Essentials Organic Argan Oil Facial Cleansing Mousse

This is from Aldi, which is (dorkily) one of my favourite shops. You can buy fruit, vegetables, an air conditioner, power tools, and kids’ clothes all in the one place. How amazing! They don’t sell this as a regular product though, just once a year or so, so unfortunately I can’t link you to the URL to purchase it from. I bought it about a year ago on a whim and fell in love with it. It was less than ten dollars and despite the fact that it has Argan oil in it, it is actually the lightest, fluffiest mousse. It gently cleanses and doesn’t leave a single drop of residue on my face. Last time they had it for sale I bought two bottles, and I’m desperately waiting for its next appearance so I can stock up again. If you want a cleanser that feels lighter than air, and you’re on a budget, if you happen to see this for sale as Aldi, STOCK UP.

Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective White Purifying Foaming Cleanser

If you’re looking for a cleanser that’s middle of the road price-wise (about $40 depending on where you buy it from) and you have skin that errs on the dry side, this Kiehl’s cleanser is worth sampling. The tube is a really decent size for the forty dollar price point, and I found I really did have clearer skin after using it consistently for a couple of months. It’s also a foaming cleanser, and although it’s not as foamy as the Aldi cleanser, it still gives your skin a good, fresh clean feeling.

Shiseido Fitit Perfect Whip Cleansing Foam

Another foaming cleanser! Are you sensing a pattern here? Me, too! A blogger friend got me on to this Shiseido one and although I’ve only bought it once, it really was a terrific cleanser. Sadly, it’s hard to find – it doesn’t exist in Australia, so you’ll have to turn to Amazon or ebay to find it (it’s usually around the ten dollar mark before shipping though, so it won’t break the bank). You need to work a bit to get the lathery foam going, but once you do it’s well worth it.

Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel

This is the only one listed here that’s not a foamy cleanser; rather, as the name suggests, it’s a gel. When you use this Dermalogica cleansing gel, you can get a little bit of a lather going, which I like because it takes away the slimy gel feel as you use it. I accidentally bought a 500ml bottle of this last year and it kept me going for almost a year. The price point is a little higher than your standard chemist gel cleanser, but Dermalogica products are so, so worth it. It’s a brand everyone knows, but I feel like it still flies under the radar a bit. Every product of theirs that I’ve tried, I’ve absolutely loved! This cleanser is no different – leaves my skin with a fresh, clean feeling – there’s no gel residue left and I feel like it effectively removes all my make up.

I’ve learned that, as you can tell, a light and fluffy foam cleanser works best for me, but it took me a really long time to figure that out!

Next up in the world of cleansers I’m hoping to try some in the Bliss range and in the La Roche Posay range, which are both brands I’ve used in the past and loved, but never for my cleansing needs. I shall keep you posted!

Until next time,

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4 comments on “Beauty – The Perfect Cleanser

  1. Angela W

    I use the Neutrogena Deep Clean Cream Cleanser at 39 because it’s so effective at stopping breakouts. Almost every other cleanser I’ve tried hasn’t done that. I’m a bit scared to change. I will say though that I’ve tried the Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel and it’s magic.

    1. JuliaJulia Post author

      It’s such a great brand, I really need to try more of their products outside of the cleanser I think!


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