The Best Facial Cleansers That Double As Makeup Removers
There are days when we can barely summon up enough energy to wash our face at all—let alone do it twice. Need some suggestions for an efficient makeup removal routine without having to compromise on extra winks of sleep? Here are the most game-changing facial cleansers that actually dissolve your makeup at one go (on occasions that we're too tired to double cleanse, of course):
1/9 Softening Cleansing Foam by Clé de Peau Beauté
Best for: A luxurious spa-scented experience
Crafted with a deluxe formula containing precious diamond, silk and pearl powders, this cleansing foam will be transformed into a soft and purifying lather with water, then beautifully glides onto the skin to dissolve impurities and makeup gently.
The cleanser also features Illumination Complex EX—a powerful moisture-stabilising ingredient to moisturise your skin deeply, leaving a velvety smooth finish with an elegant fragrance of natural rose and rare orchid. Think of it as a little luxurious spa treatment for your face.
Available at Tangs
2/9 Ultimate Comfort and Radiance-Revealing Gel-to-Oil Cleanser by Chanel
Best for: A truly comforting cleansing ritual
Ideal for all skin types, Chanel’s Ultimate Comfort and Radiance-Revealing Gel-to-Oil Cleanser from its acclaimed Sublimage Cleansing Collection contains vanilla planifolia water with antioxidant protective properties, as well as a blend of precious sugars to make removal a breeze for all types of makeup.
Apply a small amount to your face, eyes and neck, then massage into small circular movements until the gel transforms into a luxurious oil. The oil, which is incredibly nourishing without being heavy, will turn into a silky emulsion that requires only a quick rinse to reveal a purified, luminous complexion.
Available at Chanel
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3/9 Instant Cleansing Milk by Vie Collection
Best for: Dry and sensitive skin
Formulated with a combination of vitamin E and small molecules of hyaluronic acid, Vie Collection’s Instant Cleansing Milk will give your skin a gentle but thorough cleanse after a long day out, which also helps promote elasticity and protect your skin from free radicals.
Apply to the entire face and neck with a cotton pad or fingertips in circular movements, then emulsify with water. This creamy, detoxifying cleanser will instantly leave your skin feeling softened and looking plumper. A perfect fix for dry and sensitive skin.
Available on viecollection.com
4/9 Cleansing Balm by Bamford
Best for: An instant boost of hydration
Oil- or water-based makeup removers are always a good option to remove stubborn makeup, but some of them can leave the skin feeling dry. Here’s a new trend you should keep an eye out on—cleansing balm.
Made with a blend of nourishing ingredients such as organic shea butter, coconut and strawberry seed oils, this cleansing balm from Bamford promises to remove impurities and every stitch of makeup, without stripping the skin of moisture.
Apply a generous layer onto face and neck, wait for 2-3 minutes then rinse off with warm water to reveal smooth, supple skin.
Available at net-a-porter
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5/9 Parsley Seed Facial Cleansing Oil by Aesop
Best for: An efficient makeup removal
Suitable for combination, sensitive and even acne-prone skin types, Aesop’s Parsley Seed Facial Cleansing Oil is a brilliant pick-me-up that features a formula rich in fatty acids, avocado, sweet almond and antioxidant beta-carotene with a calming scent.
It might sound counterintuitive to use oil to clean your face, but this cleanser will give you the most gentle cleansing experience with your makeup dissolved completely without much scrubbing or double-cleansing.
Available at Aesop
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6/9 Camellia Cleansing Oil by Tatcha
Best for: The eco-conscious beauty lover
Inspired by the ancient beauty rituals of Japanese geisha, luxury skincare brand Tatcha always takes pride in offering cruelty-free products which are untouched by synthetic fragrances and chemicals.
Tatcha’s Camellia Cleansing Oil is a one-step effective cleanser that will make washing your face a treat. Formulated with botanical oils and Hadasei-3™ Bioactive Complex—a premium blend of Japanese anti-ageing superfoods including green tea, red algae and rice bran—this cleanser quickly lifts dirt and makeup with minimal rubbing.
Available at Sephora
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7/9 Cleansing Balm by Eve Lom
Best for: A luxury nourishing treatment
Dubbed the best cleanser in the world by beauty experts around the world, Eve Lom's award-winning balm features a luxury blend of four aromatic plant oils (clove oil, eucalyptus oil, hops oil and Egyptian chamomile oil), which comes with a complimentary soft muslin cloth that specially created for gentle cleansing, exfoliation, as well as natural blood circulation.
Say hello to beautiful skin this holiday season, as the cleanser also promises an instant boost of hydration to restore youthful radiance.
Available at Sephora
8/9 Make-up Removing Cleansing Gel-Oil by Thalgo
Best for: Sensitive skin types and easily-irritated eyes
Free from mineral oils and animal-derived ingredients, Thalgo’s brand-new cleansing gel-oil is a perfect lightweight solution for those with sensitive skin, especially if your complexion is prone to irritation and redness with most cleansers.
It includes a trio of nourishing plant oils and Seve Bleue des Oceans, a rare, mineral-rich marine spring water which aims to deliver intense hydration and help diminish undesirable impurities swiftly.
Available at thalgo.co.uk
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9/9 The Azulene Cleansing Milk by Margy’s Monte Carlo
Best for: Reduce sebum and restore balance
People with oil and combination skin types will love this soothing azulene cleansing milk. Made with a nourishing formula that includes chamomile flower extract, collagen and soybean protein, this cleanser not only helps you to wash away every bit of long wear and excess grime after a day out in the city, it also guarantees to restore sebum balance effectively.
Apply a walnut-sized amount of the cleansing milk generously to the face and neck. Then, remove all traces of cleanser, dirt and makeup with cotton pads, followed by a rinse with lukewarm water. You'll find your skin visibly clearer and more hydrated than ever.
Available at margys.com