If you’re unhappy with your current skincare routine, the one change I would recommend over anything else is switching to a cream cleanser. Dry skin? Perfect. Oily skin? It sounds counter-intuitive, but I promise my oily skin responds so much better to a cream cleanser than a foaming one.
Cleansers spend such little time on your skin, it’s hard to justify spending a lot of money on them. With that in mind, here’s a selection of seven cream cleansers, from cheap to less cheap (and you can buy ALL of them in stores in New Zealand!)
Dove Deep Pure Face Cleanser*, $6-7
Browsing for cleansers at the supermarket you’ll see that cream ones are hard to come by. This is the cheapest in my list and while it’s technically a wee bit cheating (it foams up a bit), it’s a creamy foam. It’s actually a good choice if you can’t bear to part with that clean feeling a foaming cleanser gives.
Goodness Every Day Cream Cleanser, $16 (usually $20)
I’ll never stop singing the praises of Goodness and their cream cleanser is as deserving as the rest of their range. It has lots of lovely fruit extracts, and is largely sweet almond oil-based, with chia seed, avocado and coconut oils too (although I don’t find it cloggy at all). Bonus: you can pick it up at the supermarket.
This one’s surprisingly affordable—when I spotted it on the Burt’s Bees stand I expected it to be closer to forty dollars than twenty. It’s another lovely, lightweight, incredibly gentle cleanser. It’s based on sunflower seed oil, again with lots of fruit extracts.
Callum reckons this one smells like pencils, but I’m not quite picking that up. It’s a functional lightweight cream cleanser, although with added lavender essential oil there’s a small risk of irritation (and it makes their claim of being fragrance-free not quite true).
The be-all and end-all of cream cleansers for me, I always, always come back to the Trilogy Very Gentle Cleansing Cream. You should know this by now! Although, with the stocks of cream cleanser that this post has brought me, I won’t need to buy another one for a while.
I really like Avene products, but their price in New Zealand is slightly restrictive. I bought this online for less, but I’m noticing an increasing number of pharmacies carrying Avene, which is awesome. It’s a great range for very, very intolerant skin, so it’s worth a look if you have a lot of trouble with sensitivity.
I got this when I worked for Clinique, and like the Avene cleanser it’s a good option for very, very sensitive skins. You’ll notice the cheaper cleansers in this line-up are plant oil-based. For most people, this is fine, but for truly sensitive skin (not just skin that has preferences) these options are better. More expensive, but if you’re at your wits’ end with skincare, you won’t mind.
Have you tried any of these cream cleansers? How much will you pay for a good cleanser?