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The Very Best Facial Cleansers

By Renée Batchelor

Tung PhamClockwise from left: Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser, S$52; Lancer The Method: Cleanse, S$89; Drunk Elephant Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser, S$48; Huxley Cleansing Oil Deep Clean, Deep Moist, S$70.

The humble cleanser is seldom the crown jewel of any brand or skincare routine, but its importance can never be underestimated in the quest for clear, healthy skin. after all, a cleanser is the one item that ensures that you dissolve the grime and get rid of any impurities on your skin before you proceed with the rest of your skincare routine.

Although Singapore doesn’t have the most diverse of climates, it is still a good idea to have a revolving wardrobe of cleansers for your skin’s changing needs. These different cleansers can be combined for a double (or triple) cleanse that is still gentle on your skin. For example, starting with an oil texture for a deep cleanse, and then finishing with a moisturising milk cleanser.

Korean skincare brand Huxley has a cleansing oil that cleans skin without leaving a heavy residue. The cleanser is enriched with antioxidant-rich prickly pear seed oil and cactus extract to moisturise the skin — great for removing light makeup like foundation and powders.

Those who are looking for a really clean option — in more ways than one — will appreciate the efficient formula of Drunk Elephant’s Beste No.9 Jelly Cleanser. This jelly-like clear gel is free of essential oils, silicones and fragrances, and thoroughly removes makeup, oil, pollution and grime without causing skin irritation.

Lancer, an eponymous skincare brand created by celebrity dermatologist Dr. Harold Lancer, has its own three-step ritual dubbed “The Method”, which comprises an exfoliator, cleanser and moisturiser. The Method: Cleanse is available for three different skin types and is a gentle foam that, along with the exfoliating step before it, restores the ph balance of the skin without leaving it with that stripped-clean feel.

To round off the lot here, Sunday Riley’s best-selling Ceramic Slip cleanser has a new formulation (now in a water-gel base), which promises to be gentler on the skin, and uses a combination of French green clay, bentonite and white clay to draw impurities from the skin. Best of all, it’s perfect for those who are time-stretched — the cleanser is able to remove even stubborn eye makeup and leftover sunscreen in just one step.