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Put your best face forward with these best facial cleansers for all skin types

When it comes to skincare routines, you’d be forgiven if you underestimated the power of the right facial cleanser. Washing it away after mere seconds of massaging may not seem like much, but trust us (and the many dermatologists who agree) – a good cleanser will target all your skin concerns, and effectively whisk away grime and makeup.

First things first: Identify your skin type and its needs. For instance, dry skin may need an oil or cream-based face wash, while sensitive skin requires mild and soothing formulas to fight inflammation. To help you get the best skin of your life, we pick the 10 best cleansers for every skin type.

For sensitive skin

Mario Badescu Seaweed Cleansing Soap

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Enriched with the goodness of marine plant extracts, this creamy face wash is gentle on your skin while keeping it fresh and hydrated. The seaweed grains also helps to gently buff the skin, leaving you with a brighter complexion.

Mario Badescu Seaweed Cleansing Soap, $22 for 236ml, available at Sephora

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

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Infused with rosewater and cucumber extract, you ca be sure that your sensitive skin won’t be acting out the day after. This amino-rich gel cleanser helps to restore elasticity in your skin while removing the nasty gunk from your skin without leaving your skin stripped off moisture.

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, $63 for 150ml, Available at all Fresh boutiques

For oily skin

Eve Lom Cleanser

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Described by Vogue as “the best cleanser in the world”, this balm cleanser deep cleanses skin without stripping it of its natural moisture, and removes even the most stubborn of waterproof makeup. Four plant oils make up most of its formula: clove for blemish-free skin, eucalyptus to remove toxins, hops to tone and Egyptian chamomile to soothe and soften.  

Eve Lom Cleanser, £85  for 200ml (approx $152), Available online

Aesop Amazing Face Cleanser

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Great-smelling citrus-based botanicals infused into this low-foaming gel cleanser makes this a treat to use even after the longest work day. It thoroughly removes dirt and oil from your skin, and absorbs any excess sebum.

Aesop Amazing Face Cleanser, $65 for 200ml, Available at all Aesop locations 

For acne-prone skin

The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash

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It is believed that tea tree oil helps to reduce inflammation caused by acne and that’s why we love this range. Use it everyday for blemish-free skin alongside the toner! And extra brownie points ‘cos it’s 100% vegan!

The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash, $21 for 250ml, Available at all The Body Shop stores

Vichy Phytosolution – Intensive Purifying Gel

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Loaded with probiotics and minerals like zinc and copper, this cleanser helps to mattify acne-prone skin throughout the day. It also claims that sebum production is reduced to 94% after the first wash. Another thing to take note of is that the PH value at 5.5 which is ideal for our skin – in fact it’s the perfect value!

Vichy Phytosolution – Intensive Purifying Gel, available on Lazada

For dry skin

Shu Uemura Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil

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If you’re new to cleansing oils, don’t be put off by this cleanser’s texture – it intensely hydrates while removing any grime. It’s made with eight natural botanical oils which promise to reduce pore visibility and wrinkle formation and improve skin elasticity.

Shu Uemura ultime8 sublime beauty cleansing oil, $65 for 150 ml, or $165 for 450 ml, Available at Shu Uemura stores

Bioderma Atoderm Huile de douche

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Not only does this ultra gentle oil cleanser strengthen your skin barrier from deep within, it also offers long-lasting hydration and prevents dryness while soothing any feeling of tightness.

Bioderma Atoderm Huile de douche, $39.90 for 1 litre, Available at Guardian 

For normal to combination skin

Kiehl’s Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash

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The blend of calendula and plant-based glycerin gives this cleanser a creamy gel texture which turns into a rich foam when mixed with water. Its pleasant floral smell doesn’t hurt either.

Kiehl’s Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash, $49  for 230ml, Available at all Kiehl’s stores

Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm

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Upon application, this sold balm transforms into a silky oil. Not only does it remove the most stubborn makeup, it also cleanses skin thoroughly, leaving it non-greasy and non-dry.  

Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm, $15 for 30ml, Available at Clinique counters and stores including Sephora ION and BHG Bugis

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