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Monday, the 26th of April, by Joely Harvey

Tried & Tested – The Best Affordable Facial Cleansers

It’s understandable that not everyone has the budget to splash on expensive cleansers and it isn’t always necessary, so we've tried & tested these 5 excellent cleansers you can work with on a budget.

Cleansing is a vital part of any skincare routine. It removes dirt from the skin and can help to balance oils and rehydrate the skin. You should be washing your face at least once daily, but twice is ideal. In the evening it’s most beneficial to do a double cleanse, starting with something oil based to easily break down any dirt or residual products on the skin and finishing with something hydrating.

It’s understandable that not everyone has the budget to splash on expensive cleansers and it isn’t always necessary, so we’ve tried & tested these 5 excellent cleansers you can work with on a budget.

 

CeraVe SA Smoothing Cleanser 236ml, £12

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This hydrating cleanser contains Salicylic Acid to gently exfoliate the skin to help diminish dry, bumpy texture on the skin. The chemical exfoliation gently dissolves dead skin and unclogs pores to create smooth skin. It quickly removes dirt, oil and makeup while replenishing and reinforcing the skins natural barrier with added Hyaluronic Acid, which helps bind the skin for long-lasting hydrating. This cleanser is non-comedogenic, vegan and cruelty free.

 

The Ordinary Squalene Cleanser 150ml, £13.90

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This cleanser is formulated to target makeup removal and keep the skin feeling smooth and hydrated. Squalene is incorporated to hydrate and moisturise the skin to keep it looking and feeling fresh and rejuvenated. It starts a balm consistency before becoming a clear oil-like consistency to allow makeup to be easily dissolved and removed. It is suitable for all skin types and is alcohol free, silicone free, vegan, gluten free and cruelty free.

 

The Inkey List Oat Cleansing Balm 150ml, £9.99

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The Inkey List’s oat cleansing balm is formulated with oat kernel oil and colloidal oatmeal to deeply hydrate and moisturise the skin, which is perfect for sensitive skin. It is gentle on the skin but deeply cleanses to remove makeup and hydrate. Formulated with 3% oat kernel oil to maintain skin moisture levels, smooth the skin and reduce blackheads whilst 1% oat powder helps to reduce redness and irritation. It is also cruelty free.

 

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel 200ml, £7.99

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Neutrogena Hydro Boost Cleanser activates with water to remove impurities whilst giving skin an essential hydration boost. Suitable for all skin types, it is formulated with hyaluronic acid to deeply moisturise the skin, leaving it looking youthful. This cleanser protects the skin barrier and helps to lock in hydration whilst cleansing any oils and dirt from the skin.

 

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Cleansing Gel 200ml, £12.50

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The purifying cleanser from La Roche-Posay helps to eliminate impurities and excess sebum to leave the skin feeling clean and fresh. It is ideal for those who have oily, blemish-prone or combination skin but it doesn’t dry out the skin. This cleanser is formulated with minimal ingredients and fragrance so that it is gentle on the skin and doesn’t cause irritation, it is 100% hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. It is also soap free and paraben free.

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