My Favourite Cleansers

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Hi everyone, today I am going to be writing about the cleansers that I use on a regular basis. I have very dry skin at the moment. I look for cleansers that are cream-based and do not leave my skin feeling really dry afterwards. I avoid foam-based cleansers as these are very drying and more suited to oily or combination skin.

I cleanse every morning in the shower and then double cleanse in the evening. The first cleanse removes makeup and the second cleanse cleans the skin. Some times I will use micellar water for my first cleanse and then one of the following cleansers as the 2nd cleanse. I have many cleansers in my cupboard but have picked out the ones I tend to use the most. I also have some balm cleansing oils and hot cloth cleansers but did not want to make this post too long, so I may review these in another post in the future. Enjoy my review.

The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser

£5.50 for 50 ml from Feelunique  

The Ordinary Squalene Cleanser

This is a gentle cream-based cleanser. It incorporates squalane which is a molecule naturally found in the skin that helps to maintain the skin’s moisture barrier and helps keep the skin hydrated. To apply you squeeze the thick creamy cleanser into your palms and work them together for about 20 seconds. The cream has a textural change and turns into an oil-like balm which you then massage into your face. The balm breaks down your makeup and cleanses your skin as your work it in. I add a little water now and the cleanser starts to milk up on your skin allowing you to give it a good clean. I then rinse off with warm water. It is a soap-free formula so ideal for all skin types as it is not too drying. There is no fragrance.

I like this cleanser and think it is good value, however, I feel I use quite a lot with it being a thick creamy product and the tube will not last me long, especially if I use it twice to double cleanse. Skin is left clean and soft but it feels like a standard cleanser, nothing luxurious about it. I do love the Ordinary products (you can see my Ordinary review here) but this is not a product I would buy again.

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser – Normal to Dry Skin

£14.99 for 473 ml from Superdrug  

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

I have talked about CeraVe products a lot of my blog. I love the brand which was developed by dermatologists. Their simple skincare products are so gentle they cause no irritation and soothe my skin when it is dry and sore. The hydrating cleanser is a gentle, non-foaming gel formula. I apply it to wet skin and massage in to cleanse and remove any makeup. It has no fragrance and contains Hyaluronic acid which helps maintain the skin’s moisture. It is suitable for all skin types and especially good for dry skin or younger people who do not want to use harsh chemical-based products.

This is a no-frills simple cleanser that is effective yet gentle on my skin. It comes in a big bottle with a pump lid so it is perfect just to keep in the shower. It is non-drying and leaves my skin soft. I have other products that I love as you will read below, but CeraVe Hydrating cleanser is one I will always have in my bathroom and regularly come back to. It will also be the first one I introduce my daughter to in a few years.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Gentle Facial Wash

£8.50 for 125ml from the Body Shop

The Body Shop Vitamin E gentle Facial Wash


I am a huge fan of the Body Shop products/ I use the Vitamin C products daily within my skincare routine. I wanted to try the Vitamin E range as I have dry skin and this had excellent reviews. It is a gentle, non-drying cleanser that leaves skin feeling clean and soft. It is a light-weight cream-based product that I apply to dry skin and work in. I then add water to create a milky texture which I massage into my skin. It has a mild soap smell.

This is a nice cleanser and I can see why it is so popular. It feels rich on the skin and melts into the skin well. I find my skin feels clean and soft afterwards, however, I do have a slight tight feeling as my skin is dry.

The next two cleansers are from Beauty Pie. This is a brand that you pay a monthly fee to be part of their ‘members-only’ club. In exchange, you get to buy luxurious high-end standard beauty products at a fraction of the price. I am going to do a full review of Beauty Pie and their products in a month or so but wanted to add these to my cleanser post as I am using them daily. If you fancy signing up I have a link here to get your first month for free.

Beauty Pie Japanfusion™ Pure Transforming Cleanser

£7.51 for 100 ml from Beauty Pie

Beauty Pie Japanfusion Pure Transforming Cleanser

This is a Japanese antioxidant-infused milk cleanser. It contains vitamin C and grape extract and is great for moisture boosting. You apply it to your palms first and work them together. It transforms into an oil-like balm that you can then work into your skin. It is very thick and feels rich and soothing. At first, it is hard to work around the skin due to the thick cream but after a while, it completely melts into your skin and easily glides around the face. I then add water and it creams up to a milky consistency. I rinse it off with warm water.

I have only been using this for a few weeks now and I think it is great. It is rich and creamy and my skin feels lovely after using it. It is very moisturising. I use it morning and night and can be used for the first cleanse, second cleanse, or both. Afterwards, my skin feels soft, clean, and no tightness at all. I can see myself using this for a long time to come.

Beauty Pie Jeju Daily am/pm Multi-phase Purifying Cleansing Milk

£11.74 for 190 ml from Beauty Pie

Beauty Pie Jeju Cleansing milk

This is a rich-emollient milky cleanser. from Korea. As with the Japanfusion it mixes to an oil consistency in between your hands, you then massage it into the face and it breaks down all traces of makeup. When water is added it changes to a creamy consistency and then rinses off with warm water. This is suitable for all skin types.

This is also a lovely cleanser. It is a bit lighter than the Japanfusion which has a much thicker consistency when first applied. It is nice to use and the oil-based balm really melts into the skin. I love the packaging which is a bottle with a pump lid. Perfect for in the shower. I am using this in the morning and as a first cleanse in the evening and then applying the Japanfusion as my second cleanse but you could use this twice for both cleanses. When I use this alone, my skin feels soft and clean afterwards. This is my favourite cleanser. My skin feels like it has had a treat when I use it and it feels luxurious.

I hope you enjoyed my cleanser review. My particular favourite is Jeju. I think it applies lovely and leaves my skin feeling amazing afterwards. I use all these cleansers regularly, depending on how my skin feels. I also enjoy changing them each night to vary my skincare routine. I think they are all excellent products and excluding the Ordinary cleanser, I would happily buy them all again and again. If I was not a Beauty Pie member, I would say The Body Shop Vitamin E Facial Wash is the one I would use in the evening as it is rich and moisturising. CeraVe is the one I use through the day in the shower etc.

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