Sali Hughes

The best bar­gain cleansers

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There’s al­ways a lit­tle lull in Jan­uary, where it’s a frac­tion too early for beauty’s spring launches, and the act of wear­ing any resid­ual Christ­mas glit­ter and party makeup feels about as ap­peal­ing as eat­ing an­other tur­key sand­wich – so I in­vari­ably take the time to un­earth some old skin­care favourites. And, since this is the in­ter­minable month when peo­ple are mostly broke, the cheaper the prod­ucts, the bet­ter.

Cleansers lend them­selves per­fectly to this process: I strongly be­lieve that while cleans­ing it­self is among the most im­por­tant steps in achiev­ing good skin, se­lect­ing the spe­cific prod­uct with which to do it is among the least. As long as some­thing re­moves all makeup with­out strip­ping the face dry, passes the towel test (no foun­da­tion smears when you dry off, ever) and leaves skin soft and com­fort­able, I’m happy. My pre­ferred for­mula is cream, and there are plenty of ex­cel­lent ones on the high street.

Su­per­drug, in par­tic­u­lar, ex­cels at them. I’ve been rec­om­mend­ing its Vi­ta­min E cleanser (£4.99, 200ml) for don­key’s years, but can as en­thu­si­as­ti­cally rec­om­mend its ter­rific, ve­gan-friendly Nat­u­rally Ra­di­ant Hot Cloth Cleanser (£5.99, 150ml) on all skin types. It sweeps away ev­ery­thing, im­part­ing a nice glow and no dis­com­fort (swap its free cloth for a cot­ton flan­nel for best re­sults). An­other fan­tas­tic cleanser to which I re­turn time and again, is The Body Shop’s Vi­ta­min E Cream Cleanser (£8, 250ml). I’d be as happy giv­ing it to my 13-year-old niece as I would be in rec­om­mend­ing it to her grand­mother – and when used with a hand-hot flan­nel (as ev­ery­thing here should be), it keeps skin clean, fresh and nicely cush­ioned. Beauty Pie’s ve­gan Ja­pan­fu­sion Pure Trans­form­ing Cleanser (£6.52, 100ml) was among my most-used prod­ucts last year.

It has a slightly dif­fer­ent tex­ture: it’s a light gel­balm that mas­sages into dry skin, then be­comes milky when you add wa­ter, which makes for a lovely, re­fresh­ing morn­ing cleanse on any com­plex­ion type, in­clud­ing su­per oily. Fi­nally, a newer dis­cov­ery from Sukin, a nat­u­ral brand for which I’ve de­vel­oped a soft spot. Its Sen­si­tive Cream Cleanser (£5.30, 125ml) is just that – soft, gen­tle, sooth­ing. Ev­ery­thing here is cru­elty-free

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