While your next steps might involve an exfoliant, and some fancy oils or serums, this time around we’re going to ditch the oil completely and give you our favourite oil-free cleansers.
These bad boys are effective, affordable, and offer you a heap of choice, whether you’re into foam, water-based, or cream cleansers.
Read on to find the best cleanser for you!
Innisfree Green Tea Foam Cleanser, $15, from Adore Beauty
Beloved by the Korean beauty (or K-Beauty) community, Innisfree is an affordable brand best known for its use of green tea in its products. Their foam cleanser is no exception, using a high concentration of the stuff, as well as pesticide-free botanicals from the South Korean island of Jeju to nourish, and clean, your skin.
Properly Clean, $31, from Go-To
Another foaming cleanser, Properly Clean is a super popular cult product from the brain of everyone’s favourite skincare genius, Zoe Foster-Blake. Pumping out as a gentle, foamy mousse, Properly Clean promises to do its job of effective cleansing without irritating your skin or stripping those important, natural oils away.
Estée Lauder Perfectly Clean Multi-Action Foam Cleanser/Purifying Mask, $49, from Estée Lauder
If you’re in the market for something a little more boujee, you might like to go for Estée Lauder Perfectly Clean foam cleanser, which is a little more multi-talented than your average cleanser. While you can use it to clean your face, it can also work as a purifying mask if applied liberally and left for about three minutes. This is recommended a twice-weekly routine, or you can just do a quick wash and rinse twice a day for the desired cleansing effect.
Drunk Elephant E-Rase Milki Micellar Water, $19, from MECCA
Moving into the water-based cleansing products, Drunk Elephant’s E-Rase Milki Micellar Water is a brilliant product to keep in your bathroom cabinet. Rich in ceramide, the product has been formulated to remove all the nasties from your face. However, this one is better used in addition to your regular morning and night cleanse – perhaps just before you put on makeup, or if you’re re-applying some SPF during the day.
Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution, $22.39, from Chemist Warehouse
If you’re a fan of the gentle feeling that comes with a micellar water cleanse, the Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution is one for you. While micellar water is easy to find, this one in particular is designed for very sensitive skin, meaning you can trust it not to give you unwanted breakouts. The best part of micellar cleansers is that they also don’t require rinsing, so you can simply pat your face down with this refreshing, watery solution to feel nice and fresh.
NARS Gentle Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover, $36, from MECCA
Our eyes are a bit of a different game when it comes to cleansing. All that rubbing and patting down isn’t great for them, so sometimes it can be best practice to have a designated product you can use to get rid of that mascara, eyeliner, or glittery shadow. This product from NARS is proven to remove your toughest eye-makeup without leaving an oily residue, and is also great for sensitive skin.
Alpha-H Balancing Cleanser, $49.95, from Adore Beauty
Switching it up from water to creams, Alpha-H’s Balancing Cleanser is a non-greasy, nice-smelling glossy cream that will cleanse your face without causing any dryness or irritation. It’s also enriched with Vitamin E and Aloe Vera, which will give your skin an instant boost, no extra effort necessary!
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Caring Wash Cleanser, $27.95, from Priceline
La Roche-Posay comes highly recommended for sensitive skin, so their Toleriane Caring Face Wash is definitely one to try if you’re hoping to avoid any adverse reactions. Described as a super-gentle cream, it contains only the ingredients essential for cleansing and getting rid of makeup.