Monthly Archives: October 2016

The art of face washing

We do this ritual in the morning to look and feel refreshed and awake (even when we likely get less than six hours of sleep). And then we wash the day off of our faces in the evening, removing all traces of makeup, as well as any dirt and excess oil.

But a cleanser is a cleanser, right? Don’t they all do the same job? Hardly. Our readers gave us their two cents about which face cleansers made their faces squeaky clean — without leaving their skin feeling like the Sahara. What face wash was ranked No. 1 by readers?

See the 17 best facial cleansers now to find out.

This list of skin care products has got something for everyone. There are face wash formulas for all different skin types, from sensitive to acne-prone to combination to dry to oily and even those of us with rosacea. You can choose from bars or pump soaps, mild or deep facial cleansers and take your pick from exfoliating, creamy, foamy or even frothyface washes. You’ll see that these best face cleansers give our readers their best skin ever and helps them put their, um, best face forward every day.


Why it’s great: Looking for an “extremely gentle and pure” cleanser that “melts away impurities”? You may find it in this luxurious face wash. “This is the best cleanser that I have ever used,” says one reviewer. “It leaves your skin feeling fresh and clean with a fresh scent.”

Why it’s great: Readers say there’s a lot to like about this “all-natural” cleanser, which is “replete with beneficial, delightful ingredients.” One reviewer highlights the soothing texture, which “starts out like a grainy scrub, then melts into a foamy lather and rinses clean.” Another adds, “This balanced my skin [and] gave me a glow and the right amount of moisture.”

The power to treat any and all of your complexion concerns

If you haven’t yet jumped on the glycolic acid bandwagon, it’s time to do so. The alpha-hydroxy acid is a tried-and-true favorite ingredient among skin docs for its multi-tasking abilities. “Not only is it a great exfoliator, but it also stimulates the production of both collagen and hyaluronic acid,” explainsDeirdre Hooper, M.D., assistant clinical professor of dermatology at LSU. Translation: There’s really not much that it can’t do. Improve texture? You bet. Fade spots? Yep. Help with breakouts? Check. Keep skin smooth and wrinkle-free? Obvi. (We could keep going, but you get the picture.)

Since there’s no shortage of glycolic acid-based products out there — you’ll find it in pretty much every category, from peels to cleansers to lotions, — we’ve narrowed down the options. Ahead, seven glycolic acid products that are most definitely worth trying.

For those with especially sensitive skin, a face wash with glycolic acid is a great place to start, says Hooper. (As much as we love it, it is still an acid and can potentially cause some irritation as your skin gets used to it.) Cleansers typically contain a lower concentration of glycolic acid, plus, it’s getting washed off fairly quickly, Hooper adds. Glycolic acid cleansers dissolve dirt, gently exfoliate and help improve skin’s radiance and texture. This product from SkinCeuticals has added glycerin to keep your complexion hydrated.

There’s a reason this at-home peel is a cult classic. Formulated with a combo of glycolic acid plus other alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids (not to mention a whole slew of additional anti-agers like retinol and resveratrol), these are gentle enough for daily use. At-home peel pads are the ideal way to reap the benefits of glycolic acid and can easily be worked into your routine, notes Hooper. Use this glycolic acid peel to minimize pores, fine lines and dullness.