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25th Mar 2022

Here are the best cleansers for every skin type that won’t break the bank

Ellen Fitzpatrick

We got you.

When it comes to looking after your skin, it can be overwhelming. Finding products that work for you is a process and finding the right ingredients at an affordable price is otherworldly.

The options are endless, there’s everything from oils, foams, balms, micellar water, the whole lot, and each one has a different effect depending on your skin type.

Typically, we go through trial and error when it comes to seeing which products work for us, and there are a lot of specific ingredients we need to look out for in each skin type, and we’re here to tell you exactly what you should look out for but at an affordable price.

Dry skin

When it comes to dry skin, you want to look for something that is more oil based. Remember that dry and dehydrated are different, but often come hand in hand. Dry skin is a lack of oil, so you’ll want to rebalance that when it comes to your cleanser.

For dry skin, avoid foaming cleansers as they can be drying. Micellar based cleansers and gel cleansers are also good for all skin types but the safest bet is an oil based one or a cleansing lotion.

I have very dry skin and use The Ordinary’s Squalene Cleanser and I completely swear by it, but there are others on the market that will do just as good a job.

Our top picks here are The Ordinary’s Squalene Cleanser, €7.50, The Inkey List Oat Cleansing Balm, €12.49 and CeraVe’s Hydrating Cleanser, €14.99.

Normal-Combination skin

For the blessed few of us who have normal skin, it’s easier for you to shop around for a cleanser as you have a mix between oily and dry skin.

Going for a cleanising lotion, a gel cleanser, or a micellar cleanser is your best bet here as they will work best in targeting your skin overall, rather than only one area and neglecting another.

Our top picks here are Cerave’s Hydrating Foaming Oil Cleanser, €12.50, LIXIRSKIN Electrogel Cleanser, €22.95 and Simple Purifying Cleansing Lotion, €5.49.

Oily skin 

When it comes to oily skin, you’ll want to avoid oil based products at all costs. Putting oil on top of oil is only going to cause more issues than you need.

For this skin type, you’ll want to go for foam based cleansers. For the exact reason you don’t want to use these on dry skin as it dries it out, that’s what we’re looking to do for oily skin and give more balance.

Our top picks are Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser, €13.50, Clarins Hydrating Gentle Foaming Cleanser, €23.40 and CeraVe Foaming Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin, €10.99.

Sensitive skin

Sensitive skin is a tricky one to figure out what suits it when looking by trial and error as your skin can be more irritated if something doesn’t suit it.

For this skin type, always look for something hydrating, fragrance free and that specifically says it targets sensitive skin. Cleansing lotions and micellar waters are the best place to start here.

Our top picks are CeraVe’s Hydrating Cleanser, €14.99, Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, €15.99, Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser, €18.22.