Skincare products are tricky to review, because everyone’s skin reacts differently to every ingredient and your mileage may vary. However, with the overwhelming number of products available out there, it might still be useful to share my experience to narrow down your list. For your reference, I have combination, acne-prone skin.
QV Face Gentle Cleanser and Gentle Wash
Both washes are soap-free, fragrance-free, and pH-balanced. The colour is white and the texture runs a bit thick and milky. They don’t quite lather up, which could be a plus for people who dislike foaming cleansers. As the name suggests, they do feel gentle on the skin – but for me, this gentleness renders them quite ineffective to cleanse my skin thoroughly. They wouldn’t remove the thin layer of foundation that I got. Furthermore, they broke me out in whiteheads, which is a shame.
Sukin Foaming Facial Cleanser
The most memorable thing about this cleanser is the scent. It is hands down the best-smelling facial cleanser I’ve ever tried – it’s citrus (I suppose from the Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil and the Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil) in the most sophisticated way, like something that other brands would sell for $35 a bottle. It’s great for people who are looking for natural ingredients in their cleanser; it’s got chamomile, aloe vera, witch hazel and green tea with macadamia and evening primrose oils. Furthermore, it’s free from sulphates and parabens.
However, as a facial cleanser, it doesn’t feel like it’s working for my acne-prone skin. It gave me little bumps in some spots. I now use it mainly as a handwash.
CosRX Salicylic Acid Daily Gentle Cleanser
Some people believe active ingredients in cleansers are useless since they’re only on your skin for 20 seconds, while others claim the salicylic acid will be too potent and harsh for your face. Either way, I feel like this cleanser didn’t do a lot for me. It didn’t really reduce pimples or blemishes, and despite its promise, left my skin feeling a bit tight and stripped. Given how impractical (and expensive) it can be to get Asian beauty products in Australia, I won’t be repurchasing this.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Foaming Gel
This is what I’m using now. The soap-free, paraben-free gel is clear, and a little goes a long way – though you do need more if you’re wearing makeup. It does leave that squeaky-clean feeling that some dislike or find alarming, but I find the practicality to be worth it. Best of all, it doesn’t break me out despite containing some possible irritants like SLS and fragrance (it doesn’t really smell like anything though).
What’s your go-to facial cleanser?