14 best cleansers of 2022, according to Instagram skincare gurus


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Properly cleansing your skin is the most important step in achieving beautiful skin. No amount of skincare products will replace a good cleansing routine. In that spirit, always remember to double-cleanse. For a thorough cleanse: start with an oil-based cleanser to get rid of make-up and SPF while gently exfoliating the dead skin cells. Then, follow with your cleanser of choice (whether is gel, foam, cream, or other) to effectively wash off all the residue, dirt, and protect your skin from all those environmental stressors.

We went online to see what our favorite skincare junkies use, and we come up with the most popular cleansers on Insta right now.

Biologique Recherche Lait VIP o2

Biologique Recherche needs no introduction, being one of the most sought-after and effective skincare brands on the market. From the folks that brought you the Lotion P50, alternatively called “the best beauty product in the world,” Lait VIP O2 is one of the most effective gentle cleansers.

Formulated with Biologique Recherche’s Oxygenating Complex, this cleanser is a miracle worker for people who live in big cities, people with sun-damaged skin, smokers, and people who don’t get enough sleep. It contains Vitamin A, E, and F to revitalize stressed, dull skin. The cellular oligopeptide complex in this cleanser boost cellular regeneration and re-balance the complexion. It works wonders in combating the effects of pollution, while gently removing impurities. It is a very gentle oxygenating cleanser that lightens the complexion.

Type: Milk Cleanser

Best for: All skin types

When to use it: After removing make-up and SPF with an oil-based cleanser

Tips: For optimal results, leave it for 2-5 minutes as a cleansing mask for the ultimate glow. If you have oily skin, mix it with Lait U for oil control. Similarly, if you have dry/dehydrated skin, mix it with Lait E.V. or Eau Micellaire Biosensible for a boost of hydration.

acwell

No 5.5 pH Balancing Micro Cleansing Foam

Acwell is a very respected K-Beauty brand, developed in accordance with the Korean medical book “Donguibogam,” having in mind the needs of those who suffer from sensitive skin. Already a cult-favorite for its Licorice Toner, today we will review another brand favorite: The No 5.5 pH Balancing Micro Cleansing Foam.

The cleanser removes dust and impurities from the skin and contains licorice root to protect the skin from environmental stressors. The formula of this cleanser is hypoallergenic, sensitive-skin friendly and help soothe your skin with the help of allantoin, a naturally derived conditioning agent.

Type: Foam Cleanser

Best for: Dry, Sensitive, Combination, Normal

When to use: After removing make-up and SPF with an oil-based cleanser

Tatcha’s approach to beauty is a holistic, geisha-inspired, Japanese skincare routine. Its products are meant to mimic a geisha ritual, focusing on anti-aging superfoods and the bases of Japanese skincare: rice, green tea, and algae. Tatcha has risen to be a cult-favorite, thanks to the quality, textures and very decadent packagings of its products.

The Deep Cleanse is a mildly exfoliating cleanser, made with Japanese luffa fruit. The luffa fruit is a natural fruit exfoliant that deeply cleanses, lifting away impurities and unclogging the pores. The wild rose extracts tighten the pores and hydrate, while the Tatcha’s Signature Hadasei-3 (rice, algae and green tea superfood blend) balances the natural tone of the skin and brightens.

Type: Gel Cleanser

Best for: Normal, Oily, and Acne-Prone Skin

When to use it: After removing make-up and SPF with an oil-based cleanser

Paula’s Choice

Skin Recovery Softening Cream Cleanser

Paula’s Choice is a very reputable skincare brand, focused on longterm results, rather than delivery. The Skin Recovery Softening Cream is a very rich, hydrating cleanser suitable for dry, and sensitive skin. The lotion-like formula cleanses without irritating the skin, making it ideal for those with rosacea. Bonus: It is fragrance and colorants free.

Type: Cream Cleanser

Best for: Sensitive Skin, Dry Skin, Rosacea

When to use it: After removing make-up and SPF with an oil-based cleanser

COSRX

Low pH Good Morning Cleanser

COSRX is definitely a beauty cult-favorite, gaining momentum for its commitment to the ingredients. The Low PH Good Morning Gel Cleanser is meant for deep cleansing, with a gentle PH so it won’t strip you from all your skin nutrients. It has tea tree oil to help unclog pores and remove excess sebum and citric acid to help remove the buildup of dead skin cells. The cleanser also has a subtle brightening effect. We feel it works best for normal, oily, and acne-prone skin due to its deep cleansing properties.

Type: Gel Cleanser

Best for: Normal, Combination, Oily, Acne-Prone

When to use it: After removing make-up and SPF with an oil-based cleanser

DRUNK ELEPHANT Beste™ No. 9 Jelly Cleanser

Ah, Drunk Elephant. This brand has been more Instagrammed than any other skincare brand we could ever think of. Based on the brand philosophy that “there’s no such thing as skincare types, there’s only skin”, Drunk Elephant prides itself on the quality of its ingredients and the way they work to improve your skin condition. Advertised as a clean, skin compatible brand, Drunk Elephant is 100% free of essential oils, silicones, and fragrance.

The Beste™ No. 9 Jelly Cleanser is a gentle gel cleanser that leaves your face clean and balanced. Thanks to their mild surfactant blend, it’s not harsh or stripping. It contains marula oil, glycerin and cantaloupe fruit extract that soothes and replenish hydration levels.

Type: Gel Cleanser

Best for: Normal and Combination Skin

When to use it: You could use it as a first step cleanser since it does contain oil. But if you have SPF or a full face of make-up, we recommend using it as a second cleanser after an oil-based cleanser.

GLOSSIER

Milky Jelly Cleanser

Another brand that received a lot of love from our Insta Skincare Gurus is Glossier. One of their best sellers and an award winner cleanser, the Milky Jelly is a conditioning facial cleanser. The texture is a lightweight jelly, more like a satin, coushion feel. The cleanser melts into your skin as you massage it, almost like an oil cleanser. It leaves your face soft and refreshed and it’s very good with moisturizing dry skin. Furthermore, it’s formulated with the same cleaning agents found in contact lens solutions, meaning it’s very gentle and suitable for those with dry and sensitive skin. It contains Rosewater, Pro Vitamin B5, Poloxamer and Aquaxyl and is hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested, safe for the eye area, ophthalmologist tested, soap free, paraben free, sulfate free, cruelty free, non-comedogenic, and vegan.

Type: Jelly Cleanser (A mild gel formula)

Best for: Sensitive Skin, Dry Skin, Combination

When to use it: After removing make-up and SPF with an oil-based cleanser

Fresh has always been a sweetheart for all of us, skincare junkies. With its products formulated with the highest quality natural ingredients and honoring long-standing skincare rituals, it’s no wonder why the Soy Face Cleanser made the list. Containing amino-acid rich soy proteins, cucumber extract, and rosewater, this PH-balanced gel cleanser gently removes lightweight make-up, soothes the skin and tones. It leaves your skin feeling supple and hydrated. We do read some reviews where some people were complaining about the strong scent, and although we agree it takes some time getting used to it, it does not persist at all after rinsing.

Type: Gel Cleanser

Best for: Dry, Combination and Mature Skin

When to use it: After removing make-up and SPF with an oil-based cleanser

YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser

The vegan superfood skincare brand, Youth To The People, is loved by so many in the skincare community. A solid brand with products power packed with only the best ingredients, YTTP performs amazingly for every skin type. Plus, they are incredibly environmentally and socially active, always promoting green initiatives and supporting social causes.

The Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser is labeled as a smoothie for your skin, with 100% vegan ingredients, cold-pressed extracts, and comes in a recyclable package. The formulation of the cleanser includes a superfood blend of Kale, Spinach, Green Tea, Alfalfa, and vitamins C, E, and K, with no sulfates or parabens. It is a gel cleanser, with a fresh, herbaceous scent and prevents buildup in pores, and balance the skin’s PH without drying.

Type: Gel Cleanser

Best for: Dry, Normal and Combination Skin

When to use it: After removing make-up and SPF with an oil-based cleanser

KRAVE BEAUTY Matcha Hemp Hydrating Cleanser

Krave Beauty was born and raised on social media, instantly becoming one of the most Insta-famous brands out there. Created by Liah Yoo, a beauty influencer and ex-AmorePacific employee, Krave beauty is here to simplify your skincare routine. Liah first launched the company with only two products, a cleanser, and a toner but added two more products shortly afterwards. They were sold out almost immediately after launch.

The Matcha Hemp Hydrating Cleanser contains matcha, hemp seed oil, coco-betaine, and vitamin B5, among other ingredients. The cleanser helps replenish your skin’s natural hydration, while at the same time nourishing. The hemp seed oil contains amino acids to “feed” your skin, and has anti-inflammatory proprieties, making it great for those with dry and sensitive skin. Bonus: It is fragrance and essential oils free.

Type: Gel Cleanser

Best for: Sensitive, Dry, and Combination Skin

When to use it: After removing make-up and SPF with an oil-based cleanser

INDIE LEE Brightening Cleanser

Indie Lee is a skincare brand focused not only on skin care products but also on healthy living, empowerment, and education. The brand is also committed to creating the most effective products without compromising the safety of the ingredients and formulas.

The Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser is formulated to wash impurities and residues from make-up and contains strawberry oil to protect your skin from sun damage and acne. When used regularly, the cleanser reveals brighter skin and a more balanced skin tone thanks to the exfoliating properties of strawberry. This is a mild gel cleanser suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. It is artificial fragrance-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free, and sulfate-free.

Type: Gel Cleanser

Best for: Sensitive, Dry, Normal

When to use it: After removing make-up and SPF with an oil-based cleanser

Another favorite cleanser, the CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser has amassed a cult following over the last years.

Preferred for its hydrating proprieties and low price, this cleanser dissolves dirt and impurities without stripping the face. It’s formulated with a complex of Ceramides and Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate and plump your skin. Ceramides are lipids that hold skin cells together and are meant to strengthen the skin’s natural barrier and evenly distribute moisture.

It is a very gentle cleanser, and dermatologists constantly rave about it. It does not lather, as it does not contain foaming agents, so it’s safe to use even for the most sensitive skin.

Type: Lotion Cleanser

Best for: All skin types

When to use: After removing make-up and SPF with an oil-based cleanser

OLEHENRIKSEN

The Clean Truth™ Foaming Cleanser

OLE HENRIKSEN has worked with skin many years before launching its eponymous brand. Their products are formulated with cosmetic expertise in mind and are free of harmful ingredients. The most fun part about the brand is their “spa culture”, making their textures, colors, and scents help you mimic a spa day treatment.

The Clean Truth™ Foaming Cleanser contains African red tea extract and Vitamin C, carrot seed, pumpkin fruit, and chamomile extract. The cleanser is known to remove impurities and for its brightening properties.

Type: Foam Cleanser

Best for: Normal, and Oily Skin

When to use: After removing make-up and SPF with an oil-based cleanser

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