The Top Cleansers to Leave You Feeling Fresh and Makeup-Free

The first thing I do when I get home from university every day is take off my makeup. Not only because my eyeliner is half way down my face and I’m as shiny as the moon, but mainly because the thought of the city’s pollution clogging up my pores hurts me a little bit. Gone are the days of scrubbing my face with a Simple makeup wipe – I’ve moved onto bigger and better things. I class myself as a cleanser-connoisseur, having tried and tested quite a few over the years; here’s a run-down of my favourites. 


Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm

This might be the best cleansing balm I have ever tried (apart from the Emma Hardie one but I don’t have £40 to spend sadly). It’s very gentle on the skin and comes in a 125ml tub which honestly lasts forever. It melts makeup off so easily without you having to overly tug at your skin and leaves it feeling hydrated afterwards too.

Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil

If you’re more into oil cleansers than balms, then this is for you. At only £12 this cleanser is great value for money, considering how brilliant it is. As it is an oil, again, it is extremely nourishing for your skin and removes every last trace of makeup. It is also cruelty free, giving it extra brownie points.

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser

This cleanser is the latest craze in the skincare world, with Glossier only recently gracing the UK with its presence (and we are so very grateful). This super simple formula can be used to remove makeup or simply as a face wash morning and night. It has a load of great claims too, such as being soap, paraben, sulphate and cruelty free (it’s also vegan, wahey!), and is also safe for use around eyes, containing poloxamer, which is found in contact lens solution, making it extra gentle on the eyes. This is an absolute winner.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

An absolute classic, Garnier changed the game when they released their cleansing water in 2015, providing a ‘cheap as chips’ version of the beloved Bioderma. 3 years on and it still holds a firm place in my skincare routine. Providing a ‘lazy girl’s’ option for makeup removal, this is what I use to take my makeup off after a night out or when I simply can’t be bothered to get a new face cloth dirty.


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