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Five Best cleansers 2013

Five Best Cleansers of 2013

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Combination Skin, Dry Skin
March 13, 2013 Reviewed by Marta 5 Comments

A little spring cleaning is called for now that the new season is almost upon us. Facial cleansers that don’t dry out the skin, but leave it brightened, supple smooth and, of course, clean are the foundation of good skincare. My favorites come with gentle exfoliators, anti-aging ingredients and natural sudsers, and redefine soap bars. Here are my Five Best cleansers for 2013.

  • La Vie Celeste Exfoliating Mother of Pearl Cleanser

    La Vie Celeste Exfoliating Mother of Pearl Cleanser ($40/4 oz in the shop). The brightening cleanser. This is the third year that LVC’s cleanser has been a Five Best winner and it remains one of my all-time favorite cleansers. This doesn’t foam so you need to get into a new mindset and enjoy the pretty color (due to the pink clay) and lovely texture as well as the good things it is imparting. The key ingredient is Mother of pearl, a source of the protein conchiolin, which acts like the protein keratin (which is found in skin, bones and hair), and has the ability to hydrate skin cells and facilitate repair of damaged skin cells. The exfoliation is gentle, but you can expect a brighter, polished complexion.

  • Red Flower Lymphatic Phytopower Sea Cleanser and Masque

    Red Flower Lymphatic Phytopower Sea Cleanser and Masque ($42/8.8 oz in the shop). The antioxidant cleanser. I love the all-natural ingredients, the way it makes my skin feel and that it does double duty as a mask. Whether rinsed immediately or left on for a few moments, Red Flower’s cleanser is calming and moisturizing. The standout ingredients here are juniper, sunflower (helichrysum) and three types of antioxidant mushroom. There’s always a scent with Red Flower and this one is light and citrusy.

  • Arcona Toner Tea Bar

    Arcona Toner Tea Bar ($38/4oz). The redefining soap bar. I once thought I wouldn’t be seen dead with a soap bar, but they have been cleaning up their act and Arcona’s are a real pleasure to use. The soap suds are courtesy of sapponins from yucca and aloe plants and so this is free of chemical surfactants. Witch hazel gives this soap bar part of its scent, and the fragrance is rounded out by earthy tea aromas. There are black, white and green teas here for a strong antioxidant effect. Witch hazel is also an antioxidant as well as a useful astringent.

  • ReLuma Illuminating Anti-Aging Cleanse

    ReLuma Illuminating Anti-Aging Cleanser ($35/1.7 ozin the shop). The anti-aging cleanser. This heavy hitter has ReLuma’s key anti-aging active, human conditioned media. Given the healing and wrinkle repair power of this ingredient, it is worth leaving this on for a few minutes before cleansing. This cleanser does foam a little on contact with water and the soapy stuff is provided by quillaja saponin, a Chilean tree that provides a natural surfactant. It is given a hand by coca betaine, another gentle cleansing agent. There’s also a spot of calendula (marigold), an anti-inflammatory. The only controversial ingredient is, inevitably, a preservative: methylisothiazolinone. Men will also like this scent-free formula.

  • Living Nature Vitalising Cleanser

    Living Nature Vitalising Cleanser ($35/3.4 oz). The creamy cleanser. Normally I don't like cream cleansers as I find them too rich and my skin doesn't feel cleansed. But this one is really different. It leaves my skin looking really clean, without being stripped – even removing makeup. It rinses off well without leaving any residue. I like the floral honey smell as well. There’s nourishing avocado and macadamia oils and the natural cleansing agent is extract of pomaderris kumerahou flowers.

  • August 12, 2013

    by RM

    Which, if any, of these cleansers might be suitable for mature (i.e. almost 40 yrs. old), Indian skin that is very prone to congestion and acne? I'm currently using the Dr. Alkaitis facial wash at night and it's keeping my acne and blocked pores at bay but would like to switch to a gentler product when the weather cools down. I've tried the Kahina cleanser and it made me break out. I haven't had any luck so far with non-foaming cleansers but would like to make the switch if I can find the right product. Thanks for your very thorough and reliable reviews!

  • April 6, 2013

    by Terri Sacco

    Nisha, thank you for the information. I don't think I need the mustin cloths as I would tend to over exfoliate. Where might I purchase the microfiber cloths you mentioned?

  • April 6, 2013

    by Nisha Buckingham

    Hi Terry,
    I had first come across muslin face cloths when I was living in England & I'm aware that some brand names (e.g.Liz Earle) sell them. The cloths have a finer, tighter weave and are softer than the coarse muslin found in fabric shops. They're quite different from typical washcloths as they are made from a type of carded cotton & must be softened prior to use by fully immersing in water.
    The brush uses sonic technology to help loosen dirt/makeup from pores and isn't meant to be harsh. Muslin cloths provide manual exfoliation so they can be too abrasive for those with rosacea or sensitive skin. While the quality of the cloths can vary in quality, you are correct in that the cloths are generally soft & gently but effectively work as a micro-exfoliant. Some like to use the cloths to boost the performance of a daily cleanser with added exfoliation when needed. Those who have used them often find the cloths preferable to using a beaded scrub as you can can get better control depending on the amount of pressure applied. Regular laundering will eventually soften the weave to the point that it no longer exfoliates very well.
    I personally wouldn't use muslin cloths on clients as there is usually some other form of exfoliation involved in the treatment and I don't want to over-exfoliate skin. I prefer a particular type of soft & highly absorbent microfiber cloth that I also use at home to dry my face post-cleansing.

    Hope this helps!

  • March 31, 2013

    by Marta

    Hi Terri, glad you like it and a good tip for using it with a brush. I have used muslin cloths and found that they exacerbate my rosacea - I am sticking with brushing.

  • March 30, 2013

    by Terri Sacco

    Marta, I truly love the Arcona Tea Bar. It makes a great lather with the Sirius brush. The witch hazel aroma lingers in the bath which is an added benefit. My skin feels smooth and never dry. I use the Sirius as dry brush before cleansing. A friend mentioned I should try muslin face cloths. She says estheticians use them in spas. They are soft and gently but effectively work as a micro exfoilant. Are you familiar with these or perhaps Nisha? Curious if any TIA folks have had good or bad experience with them.

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