Hall-of-Fame Cleansers

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Whether you're a beauty buff or baffled beginner, the quality of your cleansing routine can make or break the health of your skin.

Beauty-obsessives, Danielle and Chevonne, share the cleansers – at all price-points – for which they will part with their hard-earned cash again and again.

Renee Rouleau put it succinctly, "Be good to your skin. You'll wear it every day for the rest of your life."

Feeling good about yourself on a day-to-day basis is a result of a combination of things and it isn't always easy. Research shows that taking control is a proven step to happiness and feeling good in your own skin is definitely achievable especially when there is so much help out there. Afterall, skin cleansers are built for purpose.

Any decent skincare regimen starts with cleansing; it's the first line of defence. It removes make-up, dead skin cells, oil, dirt, sweat, unclogs pores and can help to prevent skin conditions such as acne, or even maskne.

In this story, cleansers are the hero. They are specifically designed for your face specifically designed to ameliorate and even reverse the results of bad skincare. Other forms of soap will unbalance the healthy PH levels of your face, encourage the growth of bacteria, clog pores, dry out skin and leave you feeling frustrated and drained. When used properly, cleansers work with the skin, not against it, and they also encourage face massage which can relax facial muscles, promote healthy skin, helping you look and feel better.

Now, luckily, you don't have to spend a lot to get a good cleanse. We've organized our recommendations into three tiers based on their prices at the time of writing:

  1. The bargain range encompasses products for less than £10.
  2. The affordable range covers products between £10 to £20.
  3. The premium range of products will cost you more than £20.

So without any further delay, here are our picks for the Hall-of-Fame Cleansers…


Cleansing balms remove impurities and break down makeup, lifting build-up from all types of skin.

1. The Ordinary – Squalene

Squalene is a natural product of our skin but as we get older, it diminishes - which is why it becomes so important to replenish. Squalene Cleansing Balm is a naturally hydrating oil, it is 100% saturated and it is ideal for all skin types. On top of this, it not only has moisturising qualities but it also helps to fight acne and remove blemishes. What's not to like?

The Ordinary Squalene

2. Beauty Pie – Plantastic

Plantastic Cleansing Balm holds up to the majority of luxury cleansing balms in terms of texture, smell and effectiveness. It's not so firm that it's waxy and it's not so soft that you end up scooping out too much and bonus, it smells heavenly. It gives you a good amount of massage time before rinsing and it leaves your skin cleansed without being dry or tight. It's fantastic!

Beauty Pie Plantastic

3. Emma Hardie – Moringa

When we speak about the gold standard of cleansing balms, Moringa Cleansing Balm takes first prize. If you look forward to an evening cleanse that also includes elements of aromatherapy and massage, we dare you to find a balm cleanser that smells and feels more sumptuous than this one. Your skin will feel clean; thoroughly nourished; you will smell like a million dollars and it will refresh your soul.

Emma Hardie Moringa


Cleansing gels deeply cleanse pores, removing dirt and excess oil from the skin's surface.

1. The Ordinary – CeraVe

CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser is a mild face wash with three types of essential fats that reinforce the barrier and help the skin to retain moisture, as well as hyaluronic acid that attracts hydration to the skin's surface. It is formulated to supply the skin with a consistent flow of sustenance throughout the day and night. Feel protected all day long!

The Ordinary CeraVe

2. Glossier – Milky Jelly

Milky Jelly Cleanser is everything that a cleanser should be. A PH-balanced daily cleanser with five skin conditioners that will leave your skin feeling soft and silky. It can be used on dry skin to remove dirt and makeup, or can rejuvenate wet skin. It smells beautiful. It's great for sensitive skin. Love it!

Glossier Milky Jelly

3. Beauty Pie – Japanfusion

The Japanese don't do anything by half measures and Japanese skin chemists don't make ordinary skin care. This cleansing gel is high tech and it sets an absurdly high bar. It combines hybrid skincare ingredients into the most complete and exquisite textures you will ever put on your face. It protects your skin from pollution and external aggravators leaving your skin fresher and more radiant.

BEAUTY PIE Japanfusion cleanser


Cleansing creams are best used for dry skin, especially in the winter when moisture becomes scarce.

1. The Ordinary – Aveeno

The Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Daily Moisturizer is ubiquitous for a reason. This oil free cleanser is gentle enough for baby sensitive skin and is a tried and tested option for daily use. It's clinically proven soy proteins leave you with a radiant glow by highlighting the skin's natural brilliance and it contains SPF 15 UVA/UVB sunscreen to protect against the damaging effects of our closest star. It is budget friendly, delivers visible results and leaves the skin soft and smooth. Slam dunk!

The Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Daily Moisturizer

2. Danielle – Liz Earle

The Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser is the most award winning cleanser in the UK. It contains purifying eucalyptus essential oil, firming rosemary, calming chamomile and cocoa butter - it smells like a spa! It effortlessly removes daily grime and makeup – even the most stubborn of mascaras - leaving all skin types clean, soft and gorgeous. This is a favourite and there is no point arguing otherwise.

Liz Earle cleanse and polish

3. Kate Somerville - Goat Milk

Skincare has become so main stream that it feels like it's polarising people into cliques – it doesn't get more clique than Kate Somerville. In our story, this range is our superhero and Kate Somerville's Goat Milk Moisturizing Cream is our Wonder Woman. It doesn't get better than this! The natural milk proteins and the combination of oils soothe and fortify. The luxurious formula leaves skin feeling baby soft and silky smooth. If you want a cream that absorbs quickly to give an undeniable glow, then this cream has your number all over it.

Kate Somerville Goat Milk

We could go on. Seriously. We love this stuff! The skin cleansing market is inundated with quality that needs to be explored. There are perfumed oils, soft clays, fantastic foams, sleek bars and magical powders - definitely the stuff of future articles. But for now, we will leave you with one more piece of advice.

Never, ever, use wipes! They are unnecessary. They are wasteful. They are potentially damaging. In the words of Caroline Hirons, they are only suitable for "flights, festivals – and hospitals." So, rinse off or use a flannel people!