Beauty

Sali Hughes on the best new foam­ing face washes

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This is the one time of year you’ll catch me writ­ing about foam­ing face washes, be­cause it’s gen­er­ally only the sticky, claggy weather that can per­suade me to test them. It’s not that I’m anti as such – I quite un­der­stand the psy­cho­log­i­cal ap­peal of a sudsy, frothy cleanser and fresh wa­ter of a morn­ing, as well as the con­ve­nience of mul­ti­task­ing in the shower; it’s just that they’re not my weapons of choice. Which is why I’m shocked by how favourably I re­sponded to Kiehl’s new Cu­cum­ber Herbal Con­di­tion­ing Cleanser (£19.50), a beau­ti­ful, soft-tex­tured gel-cream that leaves even my dry, de­hy­drated skin feel­ing un­usu­ally soft post-wash (the in­clu­sion of glyc­erin and the ex­clu­sion of sul­phates help enor­mously). It rinses off cleanly and quickly, leav­ing nei­ther residue nor tight­ness.

Sim­i­larly ad­dic­tive is L’Oc­c­i­tane’s new Im­mortelle Cleans­ing Cream-in-Foam (£28), a rich, vel­vety, es­sen­tial-oil-based cream that ex­pands into sump­tu­ous, bouncy foam and rinses away cleanly and com­fort­ably. It im­parts a vis­i­ble flush of good health, and works es­pe­cially well on ma­ture skin types. But if you you’dd de­scribe your­self un­equiv­o­cally as oily, con­gested ngested or spotty, it’s worth choos­ing a cleanser that does a lit­tle more graft. Una Bren­nan Su­per­fa­cial­ist Pu­ri­fy­ing Cleans­ing Wash (£7.99) con­tains sal­i­cylic acid, a (gen­tler than it sounds) beta hy­droxy acid that’s re­li­ably ef­fec­tive on problem skin. It didn’t sting, red­den or ir­ri­tate my skin, and rinsed off quickly, al­though I’d rec­om­mend leav­ing it on for a minute be­fore turn­ing on the tap.

If you’re on a tight bud­get, or are look­ing for a de­pend­able face wash for a teenager who is new to skin­care, I rec­om­mend Sim­ple’s Kind To Skin Vi­tal Vi­ta­min Foam­ing Cleanser (£2.19). To find some­thing so cheap that doesn’t dry, strip or ag­gra­vate, de­spite the in­clu­sion of sul­phates, is ex­tremely rare (most washes con­tain de­ter­gents that, how­ever cush­ioned by mois­turis­ers, still strip skin of nat­u­ral oils, caus­ing that tight feel­ing).

None of the above should be used as your pri­mary cleanser. Washes are strictly for barefaced use in the morn­ing, or as your sec­ond step (to re­move traces of proper balm or oil cleanser) in a dou­ble-cleanse evening rou­tine. A face wash alone will not ad­e­quately shift foun­da­tion, sun­screen or pow­ders… I’ve seen too many makeup makeup-smeared smeared tow­els to be­lieve oth­er­wise.

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