Disclaimer: this may be the only time that I recommend a product intended for someone younger than you are.
I get “what’s the best cleanser?” a lot. Clients ask me what I use. I answer “whatever is around,” and then I make a joke about how if dishwashing liquid was the closest thing to me, I’d use that. Not so far from the truth. I’m going to use something with a soap-like action so that most if not all of my make-up, including mascara, comes off in one shot.
Dermatologists like to recommend Cetaphil. I think this is for legal reasons, because it’s fairly innocuous as far as irritants go, and because derms, like beauty editors, don’t have much in the way of imagination. Cetaphil doesn’t do a good a great cleaning job and you’ll need a separate remover for stubborn eye make-up.
Some companies claim that their cleansers can work for “anti-aging” (my absolutely most least favorite term of all time). Not so. Check out this article from The Beauty Brains blog, and this review of an otherwise highly rated product from Beautypedia, which is typical of their take on high-minded cleansers . Any ingredient that might have a chance in hell of doing you any good shouldn’t be rinsed off.
My now-healthy husband had to undergo radiation in his face and neck region, and I went on the hunt for mild, soothing cleansers for him. Lo and behold, I stumbled upon this gem, which I’ve been using as a facial cleanser ever since (when I’m not using dish soap, if that happens to be closer):
Makes sense, right? A mild cleanser that won’t leave your skin feeling stripped or tight? Because you wouldn’t do that to a baby, would you?
You can experiment with other baby washes qua facial cleansers that you might like better, but I think I’ve got something here…