Best cleansers to try this month: Innisfree, Banila Co., The Inkey List and more

Best cleansers to try this month: Innisfree, Banila Co., The Inkey List and more

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Text: Emily Heng

If acnedryness and wrinkles serve as adversaries in the fight for good skin, then cleansers are your first line of defense. Picking the right one ensures that said afflictions are kept at the door, as clean, well-hydrated skin makes for unfertile ground for their growth (yaas). The tricky part, then, lies in hunting down a cleanser that does precisely that. For those that haven't found The One, here's a curation of the best cleansers that just might make the perfect match; with offerings from much-adored skincare connoisseurs to promising newcomers. Let's get your skincare sorted, shall we?

Banila Co. Clean It Zero Foam Cleanser

Leading the charge of the solid cleanser movement, K-Beauty label Banila Co. now offers a liquid cleanser variation of their iconic Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm. It, too, comprises a winning blend of acerola, bamboo, and angelica extracts to ensure a gentle solution that is suitable for those with sensitive, reactive complexions. According to the brand, it is preferable that you use this water-based cleanser in conjunction with the oil-based cleansing balm to see maximum results. Considering how we love a good double cleanse, we can't say it sounds like too much of a hardship.


Innisfree Jeju Pomegranate Revitalizing Foam Cleanser

The star of Innisfree's latest skincare range: pomegranate. Well, specifically, it's Jeju pomegranate. Apparently, this superfood/fruit is instrumental in restoring skin radiance, with pomegranate seed oil playing a part in boosting skin firmness as well. Bearing a formulation that contains both, Innisfree's cleanser also effectively removes impurities found deep within pores, leaving skin feeling clean, fresh, and like new. 



Hanskin Pore Cleansing Balm [PHA]

Oily, acne-prone skin types will benefit from Hanskin's cleansing balm. It comes packed with polyhydroxy acids, for one, which is a substance known for its efficacy in gentle exfoliation as well as the cleaning of pores. In addition, Hanskin's offering also contains lightweight, plant-derived oils such as olive oil and evening primrose that hydrates skin without weighing it down. Translation: it has none of that sticky, too-rich formulations often responsible for further breakouts and or painful cystic acne. Score.


The Inkey List Salicylic Acid Cleanser

Oily skin types still not sold on solid cleanser types can opt for this one by The Inkey List instead. This one is formulated with salicylic acid — naturally — alongside zinc compound to help control excess sebum and oil production, while allantoin (a known anti-irritant) soothes and protects complexions from any reactions. Freshly landed on Singapore's shores, it also comes with the added benefit of being highly affordable (all products are below $20).



Dr. Jart Dermaclear Micro Foam Cleanser

Recently reformulated to contain the brand's one-of-a-kind Hydrogen Bio Water, version 2.0 of this much-hyped cleanser now allows for swift, effortless makeup removal while keeping skin soft, smooth, and well-hydrated. This can be attributed to the inclusion of mineral-rich dead sea salt, with coconut oil rounding out the lot with its disinfecting and antibacterial qualities.


Aesop Gentle Facial Cleansing Milk

Sensitive, reactive skin will receive a world of good with a gentle milk cleanser. This one by Aesop contains a mild, olive-based surfactant that delivers efficient cleansing without stripping the skin. It also swiftly lifts and removes grime, excess sebum and makeup with an array of skin-nourishing ingredients such as Grape Seed Oil, waxes of Mimosa, Jojoba and Sunflower that also works to reduce moisture loss during cleansing. 


Antipodes' Grapeseed Butter Cleanser

A night-time cleanser packed chockful of antioxidants, this bad boy diminishes acne, brings calm to red and sensitive skin, all while providing nourishment and refinement to more mature skin. Don't let its thick, cream-like texture deter you — it is exceedingly lightweight and is known to absorb into skin instantly. 


Huxley Secret of Sahara Foaming Cleanser

Foaming cleansers may have a bad rep for being a little harsh on skin. Thankfully, this one by Huxley counteracts that with an infusion of blue lotus, tangerine and blue agave oil; all of which works to cleanse skin and keep it supple and calm. 


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