Not only does proper cleansing give skin a chance to breathe, it also clears away impurities so your skin has the best opportunity to repair and recover from product build-up and exposure to pollutants and free radicals in our environment. It also allows for the rest of your routine to be more effective. 

In the same way we change our foundations and moisturizers to suit the seasons, we should rotate the kinds of cleansers we use – a product used in winter might be too heavy in summer, and vice versa.

There are no two ways about it: Cleansing is an absolute must-do daily step for maintaining the health of our skin. Always take the time to cleanse properly both morning and night. In the morning, I use my linen wash cloth and warm water for a gentle cleanse, and leave the more thorough cleansing routine for the evening. 

Below are some of my current favorite cleansers.

Biologique Recherche Lait VIP02 mixed with Eau Micellaire Biosensible

The Lait VIP 02 is the perfect cleanser for dehydrated skin. It eliminates impurities, calms skin, and both brightens and balances your complexion. Biologique Recherche Eau Micellaire Biosensible is a gentle, paraben-free formula that soothes, moisturizes, and tones the skin.


Environ's Sebu-Wash Gel Cleanser

This mattifying foaming face wash is formulated with a combination of ingredients that help wash away dirt and excess surface oil that may aggravate the appearance of blemishes, leaving the skin feeling refreshed and clean. Great for skin with acne.


Tatcha Classic Rice Enzyme Powder

This 2-in-1 cleanser and exfoliant removes debris from the skin. Formulated with Pearl Extract to help condition the skin, your face will feel soft and polished after use.

Leland Francis Melting Balm

This combined cleanser, mask, and melting balm works to moisturize and detoxify the skin. Formulated with Rosemary, Evening Primrose, and Tamanu, this product will prevent blemishes, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and boost collagen production.

Tammy Fender Cleansing Milk

This natural facial cleanser is great for all skin types. The gentle blend includes Lavender and Fo-Ti. Apply to face and neck morning and evening to leave your skin feeling soft and radiant.

Doctor Rogers Restore Face Wash

The Restore Face Wash is fragrance-free and made up of only biodegradable ingredients. Developed with Glycerin and Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, your skin will feel hydrated after use.

CircCell Geothermal Clay Cleanser

The formula includes Spearmint Leaf Oil, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, and Geo-thermal clay. These ingredients fight impurities, clarify skin, and refresh. Use up to twice daily for best results.

Clé de Peau Cleansing Cream Oil

This cleanser is a silky cream that transforms into a gentle cleansing oil. Golden Silk Essence, Japanense Pearl, and Theanine work together to both balance and clarify the skin. This is a great product for easy removal of waterproof makeup.