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The only cleansers you will ever need

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The only cleansers you will ever need
Think a cleanser is just something to wash your face with? Here's why the humblest member of your skincare arsenal is the starting point to good skin

Out of all your skin products, it makes sense to skimp on your cleanser. After all, a cleanser has literally the least contact with your skin — as most of the time it is foamed, applied and then rinsed off. That said, using the wrong cleanser, and overcleansing your skin, can actually cause quite a bit of damage, as stripping your skin off all its surface moisture can send messages to your skin cells to produce more oil... leading to an oily and imbalanced complexion. And those who suffer from severe and cystic acne, know how important it is to find a good cleanser to keep skin bacteria-free, without stripping it and leaving it feeling dry and sensitised. Cleansing well and finding the right cleanser, or combination of cleansers, is one of the most important steps to maintaining a healthy complexion. Here are our picks for your different needs.

IF YOU WANT A NON-OILY CLEANSING OIL
Try: Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil, $52
Contrary to popular belief, oils are do not have to leave an oily residue on your skin. What they are good at is removing residual dirt and even eye makeup — this one does — without the need for an additional makeup remover or cleanser. This is great for days when you are feeling extra lazy, and also if you want a soothing, lavender scent.
Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil

IF YOU WANT THE BEST OF THREE TEXTURES IN ONE PRODUCT
Try: Origins Three Part Harmony Foaming Cream-To-Oil Cleanser, $66
If you have drier skin and love luxurious textures, this one transforms from a milk into an oil, and then foams away impurities, for a balanced and glowing complexion. Just lather in your hands, massage onto your face and rinse off well. 
Origins Three Part Harmony Foaming Cream-to-oil cleanser

IF YOU WANT A FOAMING CLEANSER THAT DOESN'T DRY SKIN
Try: L'Occitane Shea Foaming Cleanser, $33
Fans of foam cleansers will adore the creamy and silky texture that glides on and gets rid of sebum, makeup and pollution while building to a rich foam. Skin still stays soft and hydrated thanks to the five per cent of shea butter in the formula, for that squeaky clean feeling... minus the squeak.

L'Occitane Foaming Shea Cleanser

IF YOU'D LIKE TO TRY A BALM AND WASHCLOTH DUO
Try: Eve Lom Cleanser, from $135
This comes with a specially-woven muslin cloth to exfoliate the skin. Enriched with four aromatic, plant oils, massage this unique, balm-textured cleanser on the skin and gently towel off with the wet muslin — dip it in hot water first — to remove makeup and any pther traces of dirt on your skin while boosting microcirculation. Think of it as a mini facial in your shower every day.
Eve Lom Cleanser 

IF YOU WANT A CLEANSER FOR SENSITIVE SKIN
Try: Eau Thermale Avène Gentle Milk Cleanser
When you have super sensitive skin that is prone to redness and breakouts, the last thing you want is to aggravate it with your cleanser. This one from renowned French dermatological brand Avène, is meant to be used delicately — don't rub or tug skin vigorously — and contains vitamin E and the brand's signature, healing thermal spring water to soothe and hydrate even troubled skin.

Avène Gentle Milk Cleanser

Renée Batchelor

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