The Top Facial Cleansers of 2023

Maintaining a healthy skincare routine is essential for achieving a radiant complexion. One crucial step in any skincare regimen is cleansing your face thoroughly to get rid of dirt, oil, and impurities. But with so many cleansers out there, it can be challenging to choose the right one for your skin type.

To help you out, I’ve compiled a list of the top most popular facial cleansers available in 2023:

Read: Are You Cleansing Your Face Correctly?

1. CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser:
This gentle yet effective cleanser is the best face wash for dry or sensitive skin types. Its non-irritating formula contains hyaluronic acid and ceramides, which help retain moisture and restore the skin’s protective barrier. 
Retails from R98,99

2. La Roche-Posay Toleriane Purifying Foaming Face Wash:
Designed for oily and acne-prone skin, this foaming cleanser removes excess oil while still being gentle on the skin. It contains niacinamide and ceramides to soothe and hydrate the skin. This is such an effective cleanser if you are on harsh medication and drying acne treatments.
Retails from R129,99

3. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Gel Cleanser:
If you have normal to dry skin, this lightweight gel cleanser is a must-try. This Neutrogena face wash contains hyaluronic acid, which helps hydrate the skin without leaving it feeling tight or dry. I would suggest this cleanser if you are in the habit of washing your face often and is the best cleanser for all skin types.
Retails from R149,95

4. Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water:
This cult-favorite cleanser is perfect for those who prefer a no-rinse option. It removes makeup and dirt effectively while still being gentle on the skin. I reach for this micellar water on light makeup days and to remove my sunblock as a double cleansing routine, I personally don’t feel this alone is enough to cleanse your face. 
Retails from R375,00

5. Fresh Soy Face Cleanser:
Formulated with soy proteins and cucumber extract, this gentle cleanser is suitable for all skin types. It helps to soothe and hydrate the skin while removing impurities. This is my number one face cleanser of all time – nothing beats the nourishing feel of my skin when I use this, it effectively removes all traces of impurities while enhancing your skin tone. 
Retails for about $39

Here are some of my personal favourite facial cleansers that I have tried and love which are not the top five most popular cleansers at the moment:

6. Bioderma Atoderm Gel Moussant:
This is a gentle, non-foaming cleanser that is specifically formulated for dry, sensitive skin. It contains natural ingredients like glycerin and niacinamide which help to soothe and protect the skin’s natural barrier. It is also fragrance-free, hypoallergenic, and non-comedogenic, making it suitable for even the most sensitive skin types. Bioderma Atoderm Facial Cleanser can effectively remove dirt, oil, and makeup without stripping the skin of its natural oils, leaving your skin feeling clean, soft,and hydrated. I recommend this face wash if you are using retinoids which can be harsh on your skin or having harsh and stripping chemical peels done or if you have extra dry skin during the winter season. 
Retails from R325,00

7. Bioderma Sebium Gel Moussant Actif:
This is a new addition to the Bioderma range. A foaming gel that is specially formulated for oily and acne-prone skin. It contains active ingredients like zinc and copper which help to regulate sebum production and purify the skin. It is also enriched with salicylic acid which gently exfoliates the skin and unclogs pores, preventing the formation of blackheads and pimples. Bioderma Sebium Gel Moussant Actif can effectively remove dirt, oil, and impurities from the skin without drying it out, leaving your skin feeling clean, clear, and refreshed. It is also hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, making it suitable for even the most sensitive skin types. I’m currently using this cleanser and repurchased a second one – I also can’t remember the last time I got a blackhead! Hello clear skin.
Retails from R315,00

Incorporating one of these top facial cleansers into your skincare routine can help you achieve healthy and glowing skin. Remember, finding the right cleanser for your skin type is crucial, pay attention to the ingredients suited to your skincare needs to get the most out of your skincare routine.

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By Sheena Deepnarain

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