Monday, 4 April 2016

Are these the best cleansers?


When using products on our skin, we often don't think about the science behind the products and what we're putting on our faces. Luckily, reviews.com have done it for us, testing 344 products to find the leading and safest products. With the help of dermatologists, aestheticians and skincare experts they looked at over 2000 ingredients to find those that are the most skin-friendly. 

How they did it

They analysed the cleansers by looking at the all-rounders, so not the ones for specific skin types and then removed oil-stripping ingredients, such as sodium lauryl sulphate which can be really drying. Next they discounted products with controversial ingredients, meaning those where the side effects were still undetermined or misunderstood, leaving them with 250 products. They sought medical opinion to find out the best ingredients, including bisabolol and aloe, and used only those approved by multiple people. Finally, they tested the best to see how well they removed make up and impurities to find the ultimate list of the best tried and tested cleansers. 

Are these the best?

The best overall was Cellex-C Betaplex Gentle Foaming Cleanse (with sodium laureth sulphate), a mild product that removes dry patches almost instantly and removes any impurities. The best overall that doesn't contain sodium laureth sulphate was the Skyn ICELAND Pure Cloud Cleanser. It removes every inch of make up with its antioxidants such as thyme and meadowfoam seed oil. The best drugstore product was the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser with humectants such as ceramides, hyaluronic acid and glycerin, removing dirt whilst locking the moisture in. However they did mention that it may not be the product for you if you're not a fan of parabens. Finally Kate Somerville Exfolikate Cleanser Daily Foaming Wash was rated the top exfoliator, containing enzymes from pumpkins, pineapples and papayas. It leaves your skin feeling flexible and hydrated rather than dry and raw.


Many of these products are American but, if you take a look at their top ingredients list, including rosehip, aloe and jojoba, you can see if these are in your favourite UK products. For example my top three cleansers are Garnier Soothing 2 in 1 Make-Up Remover, Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water and Nivea 3 in 1 Micellar Cleansing Water, contain the recommended panthenol and glycerin.

Reviews.com suggest 3 steps for finding the best product:
1. Identify your key ingredients e.g. rosehip, jojoba, panthenol and glycerin
2. Don't change your whole skincare routine at once (it makes is hard to find out what's helping/not helping your skin)
3. Look at the bigger picture - what ingredients are good e.g. the harmful effect of microbeads.

Their research has definitely made me think about what goes into cleansers and I will be sure to follow the three simple tips!

What are your favourite cleansers? Have you tried any of these? How do you choose a product?


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