4 Highly Raved Cleansers You’ll Actually Want to Use - By Rachel Lim
Finding the perfect cleanser is as difficult as finding the right partner. To rectify this situation, I’ve tested 3 highly raved brightening cleansers and a cleansing device.
Allies of Skin Fresh Slate™ Vitamin C & Enzymes Brightening Cleanser + Masque
Get it right from the start. Never underestimate the importance of a good cleanser, especially one that doubles a masque. Treat skin to this supercharged, sulfate-free, creamy two-in-one cleanser (pH4.3 – 4.8) that strengthens the skin’s protective barrier and offers gentle enzymatic exfoliation while nourishing skin.
I was most excited to try this creamy textured brightening cleanser which was packed with a potent blend of powerful ingredients like Water-activated Vitamin C and Astaxanthin which are power antioxidants that encourage collagen production, brighten and even out skin tone; probiotics and multiple hydrators like hyaluronic acid, safflower and argan oil which deeply hydrate skin and maintain healthy cell function for more youthful looking skin.
To reap the full benefits of this cleanser, I massaged it gently into my skin and left it on for about 5-8 minutes before washing it off in the shower, and my skin was noticeably brighter, hydrated and softer looking just after one use.
Overall Rating: 4.5/5 Stars | Retailing at $59 (70ml)
GLAMGLOW Supercleanse™ Clearing Cream-to-Foam Cleanser
Infused with TEAOXI Eucalyptus Leaf, Mediterranean clay, and a special blend of bamboo, ubame wood, and coconut charcoals, this formula clarifies and helps remove pore-clogging debris, excess oil, and face makeup, while leaving skin feeling soothed, soft, and sexy.
Intended for treating blemished prone skin, oiliness and acne, this triple-charcoal boosted cleanser contains Mediterranean clay which absorbs oil to mattify skin, charcoal to detox skin and unclog pores, and the patented Teaoxi Eucalyptus Leaf, licorice root, and cumin seed for gentle exfoliation and cleansing.
I liked the smooth and soft clay-like texture of this cleanser but found that it was a little messy to use. I noticed some reduction in my pore size after a few days of use, but it can be a little too drying for normal skin.
Overall Rating: 3.8/5 Stars | Retailing at $44 (150g)
FRESH Peony Brightening Foam Face Cleanser
A foaming cleanser that brightens the complexion while providing antipollution protection.
Containing a brightening complex derived from peony, licorice root extracts and Vitamin C that helps to brighten and even skin tone, and shea extract that offers antioxidant protection against damage caused by pollution, I was most excited to try this cleanser.
I loved the soft creamy texture of the cleanser and the slight floral scent. After rinsing off, it left my skin feeling soft, hydrated and smooth and I definitely noticed a brighter looking and fairer skin after a few days of use.
Overall Rating: 4.5/5 Stars | Retailing at $64 (125ml)
FOREO LUNA™ 2
The revolutionary LUNA 2 is an enhanced T-Sonic facial cleansing brush and anti-aging system designed to minimize the appearance of blemishes while effectively addressing concerns related to aging skin.
This revolutionary skin cleansing device utilizes the unique combination of Transdermal sonic pulsations with silicone touch points to gently exfoliate dead skin cells and unclog pores, enhancing the absorption of skin products. Together with the anti-aging mode where lower frequency pulsations are directed onto wrinkle-prone areas, the skin becomes firmer and more elastic.
With such amazing technology behind this device, I was very much looking forward to testing out the LUNA™ 2. I had a very enjoyable time using the Luna and I liked the feel of the soft silicone brushes on my skin. After cleansing, my skin felt pretty soft and smooth. However, on the downside, I found the shape of the brush too big to cleanse narrow areas like the sides of the nose well. With regard to the anti-aging mode, I did not see a dramatic improvement of my fine lines and wrinkles, but I definitely did enjoy the pulsations which felt like a mini facial massage!
Overall Rating: 4/5 Stars | Retailing at $319