Here’s the thing about finding the right cleanser for your skin: it’s hard work. If you have oily skin, you might be tempted to find one that removes all traces of oil, but we’ll have you know that it’s not good for your skin. If you wear a lot of makeup, you might be worried that a gentle cleanser is not enough to remove all the gunk. So what’s a girl to do? Look for cleansers that are effective without drying out your skin, of course. Here are seven we found.
Medicube Red Cleansing Pad, $45 for 230ml
Managing sensitive, congestion-prone skin is frustrating enough, let alone the task of looking for a suitable makeup remover that prevents clogged pores while soothing the skin at the same time. Try these cleansing pads from Medicube. Each pad is saturated in a mild makeup cleanser that is tough on makeup and impurities yet gentle on the skin. Infused with botanical ingredients, it soothes and hydrates skin while cleansing so you won’t have to worry about any stinging or tightness. It is also pH-balanced so it doesn’t irritate skin. Best part? It is clinically tested to be suitable for sensitive skin.
Yves Rocher Pur Bleuet Express Eye Makeup Remover, $10 for 118ml
If you struggle with removing waterproof eyeliner or mascara, this bi-phase makeup remover is your best bet as it quickly and gently removes even stubborn, waterproof eye makeup so you don’t have to tug and rub at the delicate eye area. It is also made with organic cornflower grown in the French brand’s La Gacilly farm for its soothing and properties. We also love that it doesn’t leave an oily film behind like most bi-phase eye makeup removers do.
Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm, $52 for 125ml
If you love a richer, luxurious cleanse, try this cleansing balm from Clinique. Featuring its iconic Take The Day Off formula but in a balm form, it melts into a silky oil texture when applied onto skin to dissolve all traces of makeup. It’s also ophthalmologist-tested to be suitable for removal of eye makeup without causing irritation.
Estelle & Thild BioCleanse Micellar Cleansing Water, $38
Perfect for a quick getaway or lazy nights, this no-rinse micellar cleansing water is an absolute must-have. Free of artificial fragrances and made with certified organic ingredients, this gentle formula cleanses effectively while respecting skin’s natural barrier. It is also fortified with aloe vera and coconut extracts to soothe and nourish skin. Simply saturate a cotton pad with it before wiping your skin to remove makeup until no residue is seen on the cotton pad.
Origins Modern Friction Cleansing Oil With Radiance-Boosting White & Purple Rice, $55 for 150ml
Use this as you normally would with any other cleansing oil. Its dual-phase formula means that you have to give it a good shake before dispensing onto your palms. Warm the oil between your palms before massaging onto dry skin. Then, add a little bit of water and watch it emulsify into a creamy milk texture. Continue massaging skin as it contains white and purple rice extracts to gently polish skin before rinsing thoroughly to reveal a soft and luminous complexion.
NIVEA Micellar Wipes, $10.90 for 25 Sheets
Combining the gentleness of micellar water with the convenience of cleansing wipes, these cleansing wipes from NIVEA is effective even against waterproof eye makeup. It is also enriched with vitamin E to condition skin and lashes as you remove your makeup—perfect for travelling!
Senka Perfect Oil Whip, $14.90 for 150ml
Fans of Japanese drugstore beauty finds would be familiar with Senka’s high-performance yet wallet-friendly products. And this cleansing oil is no exception. With an oil-to-foam texture, it thoroughly removes all traces of makeup without stripping skin of moisture. Thanks to its Natural Silk Essence Complex and Double Hyaluronic Acids, your skin will feel comfortably refreshed without any greasy residue.