Best cleanser-makeup-remover hybrids to reach for when you’re drunk as a skunk: Glossier, Boscia, and other cult beauty brands

Best cleanser-makeup-remover hybrids to reach for when you’re drunk as a skunk: Glossier, Boscia, and other cult beauty brands

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Text: Emily Heng

Image: Instagram | @glossier

Let's be real: even the most skincare-conscientious are prone to slip-ups. Particularly so when you've been partying hard, and can't quite go through your routine of serums, masks, and eye creams crucial to your drunk skin. Sure, you can always atone your skincare sins by doubling down on complexion-nourishing products the next day, but the damage is (almost) always done by the time you rise. And that’s probably after noon. Cue, disastrous breakouts, redness, and eye bags the size of Texas. Groan.

Save from bearing with the consequences of your blunder, we present to you a far less painful option: hardworking cleanser-makeup-remover hybrids. Not only do they strip you from all matters of gunk, makeup, and debris, they also hydrate, soothe, and in some cases, exfoliate. So if there’s only one product you can possibly manage in your inebriation, you’ve come to the right place. Read on to find out how you can wake up the next day with #noragrets (except maybe the hangover). Praise.

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser

A milk and jelly cleanser? Confusing as it may sound, this cult favourite is really more of a thick, gel-like texture that purifies and cleanses the face without causing irritation or triggering sensitivity. Its winning formula can be credited to the inclusion of a mild cleansing agent (no exaggeration there — it's so gentle, it is apparently used in contact lens solution) as well as comfrey root extract that soothes and hydrates even the most finicky of complexions. It remains undefeated in the face of waterproof makeup too, if customer reviews are anything to go by.

Eau Thermale Avène Gentle Milk Cleanser

The fact that Eau Thermale is paraben- and alcohol-free makes this is a perfect fit for those with chronically dry and/or sensitive skin. This diligent cleanser ensures that all impurities are removed without the need for frantic scrubbing (we've been there), while its star ingredient, the Avène Thermal Spring Water, delivers a moisturising and anti-irritating wash that will leave skin feeling baby soft.

Bliss Makeup Melt Cleanser

Effective on both dry or wet skin (because who can tell the difference when you're five tequilas in?) this cleanser lands solidly in between milk and jelly, texture-wise. Think gel, but with a hint of cream to cleanse and nourish skin in equal measure, removing all traces of makeup without tightness or discomfort. A hydrating blend of vegetable-derived moisturising ingredients also helps limit water loss, so you don't wake to the sight of a cracking, flaking complexion.


Kopari Organic Coconut Melt

The ultimate time-saver, Kopari's Coconut Melt doesn't just work as a cleanser. Apparently, it acts as a hair mask, body moisturiser, and under eye treatment as well. Here, coconut oil supplies vitamin E and fatty acids — they moisturise, protect, and cut through impurities while reduce the appearance of pores. Simply rub it onto problem areas and you're good to go.

Boscia Clear Complexion Cleanser

This bad boy has earned best-seller status for good reason. Brimming with antioxidants such as rosemary leaf and geranium, it cleanses and exfoliates — visibly refining and reducing the appearance of pores. Plus, avocado and rosehip oil also boost skin hydration while willow bark extract balances oil production. In summary? This one product alone ensures that all your skincare bases are covered.