Best cleansers for every skin type and purpose: Kate Somerville, Dr. Dennis Gross, Frank Body and more

Best cleansers for every skin type and purpose: Kate Somerville, Dr. Dennis Gross, Frank Body and more

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Text: Emily Heng

Image: Instagram | @katesomervilleskincare

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?

For sensitive, eczema-prone skin: Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturising Cleanser

Finicky, reactive skin types are sure to benefit from this potent blend of nourishing goat milk, hydrating jojoba oil, and conditioning avocado oil. Picture a gentle, non-foaming formula that doesn't leave skin feeling tight or dry after washing, effectively removing makeup and all manners of impurities without causing irritation or redness whatsoever. A miracle? It comes close.

For oily, acne-prone skin: Frank Body Creamy Face Cleanser

You got to get your hands dirty with Frank Body's cleanser offering, but we'd say the many complexion benefits are well worth it. This charcoal-based formula deep-cleanses, stimulates collagen-production as well as promote a higher cell turnover rate, which translates to a minimised appearance of scars, marks and more. The inclusion of coffee seed extract and marshmallow root also rids skin of makeup and impurities all while calming and soothing breakouts.

For dull, tired skin: The Body Shop Carrot Wash Energising Face Cleanser

The many optical benefits of carrots are well-known — and as it turns out, extends to skincare as well. Bearing a formulation enriched with organic carrots and aloe vera, the newest addition to The Body Shop family purifies skin from everyday environmental aggressors, unclogs pores, and thoroughly cleanses to give brighter, more radiant skin than before.

For dry skin: Go-To Properly Clean Cleanser

The new cleanser texture on the block? Mousse. Silky-soft mousse, to be exact. Infused with non-irritating willow bark extract and highly moisturising glycerin, this bad boy leaves skin feeling clean, balanced and well-hydrated. It is also one of the few certified 'clean' cleansers in the market, so you can rest easy knowing that it doesn't contain any toxins/ingredients harmful to the environment.


For those looking for a vegan option: Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Pore Perfecting Cleansing Gel

A multi-functional powerhouse that serves to exfoliate and tone as well as cleanse, this vegan gel formulation also decongests pores, removes impurities, and maintains your skin's moisture balance effortlessly. Phew. The cherry on top: it is gentle enough to be used along the delicate eye area without causing any stinging or burning. Consider us impressed.

For those who just want to roll into bed, already: Solved Skincare Coconut Oil Cleansing Pads

The ultimate time-saver, cleanser-wise? One that can be used on both wet/dry skin and doesn't require to be washed off. Cult K-Beauty brand, Solved Skincare, delivers on this with their all-new cleansing pads. Drenched in 100% coconut oil, it cuts through even the most stubborn, waterproof of makeup, leaving only soft and supple skin in its wake. Another plus point: its travel-friendly status.

For those who just want to have a good time: GlamGlow GentleBubble Daily Conditioning Cleanser

Yup, you can actually wash your face with rainbows now — or, well, with a cleanser that bears all colours of the rainbow, at least. Sheer fun factor aside, its combination of oat amino acids, apple extract, and vitamin E also provides a gentle yet effective cleanse that doesn't irritate. Detail the whole journey on IG story, we say.