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Let’s be honest, I’m not going to shock your socks off by saying that cleansers are a mainstay in a skincare routine. Cleanliness is essential not just for skin health but to allow the products you use to sink in. And right now, as more people say they’re suffering breakouts due to mask wearing (coining the phrase ‘maskne’), using a good but gentle cleanser has become even more important (though, please remember, a cleanmask is also essential as thanks to the humidity that builds up inside when wearing one, we sweat more, pores get clogged, bacteria breeds – and spots appear). So here are three new gentle cleansers with different textures that I’m enjoying using.

best cleansers for maskneDr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Meltaway Cleanser (£30, spacenk.com) is an oil-free formula and though it comes out of the tube looking white it becomes instantly invisible when you rub it on to your face – which you can do on wet or dry skin. To remove it, I used a slightly damp cloth. Also suitable for taking off eye make-up and it leaves skin feeling hydrated thanks to hyaluronic acid and aloe.

best cleansers for maskneIndeed Hydraluron Cream Cleanser (£19.99, feelunique.com) is a wonderfully creamy offering. Thanks to its coconut-derived surfactant (and a papaya-derived gentle exfoliant), it’s like a mousse/cream hybrid when you squeeze it out of the tube and gives a rich foam effect. It also has hyaluronic acid, so hydrates too. It’s not for eye make-up removal, though: it stings.

best cleansers for maskneSkin Academy Zero Face Wash (£9.99, lloydspharmacy.com) uses natural ingredients including coconut, sweet almond and sachai oils to cleanse. A light texture once water is applied, it emulsifies slightly, though not as richly as the Indeed cleanser. It’s also vegan and environmentally aware: the cap and tube are fully recyclable and the box is made from partially recycled cardboard.

My dry skin saviour

Vinter's Daughter Active Treatment EssenceFamed for its (glorious smelling) Active Botanical Serum, cult brand Vintner’s Daughter has launched a long-awaited sister product: Active Treatment Essence for some serious skin hydration. It’s expensive (£210 for 50ml, cultbeauty.co.uk) but I’ve found it to be very effective and you only need a third of a pipette per use. It takes five weeks to make each batch, a process that begins with an apple cider vinegar ‘mother’ (which is acne-fighting, but does smell a tad vinegary) to make their own ferment. Other natural ingredients include kakadu plum and acerola for vitamin C (radiance). I’m a big fan of this skincare duo.

One to love forever

kankan LondonI recently wrote about the rise in refillable beauty products but thought it worth returning to the topic to mention KanKan. It offers a ‘forever’ glass bottle with pump to put its hand, body and baby washes in, with product refills all coming in infinitely recyclable aluminium cans. A starter set of the forever bottle and one can is £24, with refills thereafter costing £15 – and KanKan will plant a tree for each can sold. A great way to cleanse your hands and conscience. Visit kankan.london.


Beauty assistant: Alice Robertson.