My Current Most Used, Loved & Recommended Cleansers For Every Skin Type & Budget

In the last few years cleansing balms, oils and creams have become increasingly popular as we seek to improve our overall regime and take that first vital step towards a healthier complexion – and many of us are choosing to switch out the face wipes and micellar waters (hoorah!) in favour of more targeted and effective solutions. My cleansing cupboard is bursting at the seams with so many beautiful textures, because for me this is probably the most important step in my entire beauty routine; it’s the one that I look forward to at the end of the day and the step that makes the most overall difference in the appearance of my skin.

A great cleanse really is the basis of a great skincare regime, so I’m always on the look out for new products that deliver exactly what I need. Cleansers are probably one of the top things I’m asked to recommend, so as these seven are the ones I’ve been reaching for and would wholeheartedly suggest to anyone, I thought I’d share them with you. Here are my current most used, loved and recommended cleansers for every skin type and budget…

My Current Most Used, Loved & Recommended Cleansers For Every Skin Type & BudgetMy Current Most Used, Loved & Recommended Cleansers For Every Skin Type & Budget

Milk Makeup Vegan Milk Moisturizing Cleanser* (£27.00)
A super creamy formula that’s both cruelty free and vegan friendly, this harnesses the power of softening plant milks to cleanse away impurities without stripping the skin of goodness. Enriched with Fig, Oat, Melon, Baobab, Grapeseed, Olive oil and Aloe Vera extracts to help soothe and hydrate, this also cleverly boosts cells water-retaining capacity to help plump skin. It emulsifies beautifully without foaming, providing a rich texture that effortlessly glides across the face. I’ve been using it as my default second cleanse and it definitely helps to leave my skin feeling comfortably smooth and hydrated; one I think everyone will love.

ARK Skin Essential Pre Cleanse & Make-Up Remover* £30.00
An absolute gem of a cleanser, this lightweight oil-like formula lifts away all traces of makeup and dirt with little effort to leave skin beautifully clear. It combines Omegas 3, 6 and 9, a Multi-Fruit Lipid blend and Grape Seed, Avocado and Kiwi Oil to lift away grime while helping to nourish and protect against dryness – while Margosa Leaf extract inhibits bacteria growth to reduce inflammation and breakouts. It’s one of my defaults and a real ‘I’m so tired I need something I can slap on my face and do the work for me’ product, so it’s no surprise I’m already on bottle three and have many more in my cupboard.

My Current Most Used, Loved & Recommended Cleansers For Every Skin Type & Budget

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm* £47.00
If any beauty expert had to pick a classic cleanser, this would definitely be in the top five; it’s such a celebrated and globally recognised formula, because it’s incredibly effective while providing a beautifully evocative experience. With a combination of Moringa Seed Extract, Wild Sea Fennel, Vitamin E and essential oils of Orange, Neroli, Mandarin, Jasmine and Rose, the balm melts away makeup and dirt to leave skin feeling exceptionally comforted and hydrated. It also claims to reduce pore size, inflammation and congestion, making it a perfect formula to leave on for ten minutes or take your time carefully massaging into skin to reap the additional benefits.

Versed Day Dissolve Cleansing Balm £14.50
One of my all-time favourite cleansers is Clinique Take The Day Off Balm; this feels the same, looks the same, smells the same and behaves the same – but it roughly half the price. The very lightweight balm transforms into a milky liquid when massaged into skin and mixed with water, helping to lift away all traces of makeup and dirt in an instant without drying skin or leaving a tightness behind. It’s left me intrigued enough to discover more of the brand, and impressed enough to recommend this to everyone who’s after an affordable cleansing balm.

My Current Most Used, Loved & Recommended Cleansers For Every Skin Type & Budget

Pixi Beauty Hydrating Milky Cleanser* £18.00
Formulated with Coconut, Probiotics and Willow Bark Extract to help soothe, condition and moisturise skin, this rich daily cleanser emulsifies well to provide a creamy texture that’s perfect as an evening second cleanse. You need such a small amount for the entire face (roughly a pea size will do) that it’s great value for money, definitely leaving the surface of skin feeling super soft and smooth after use. It’s unusually sticky though so it does take some getting used to, and I personally find it a little drying so it may not be suited to super dry complexions that may feel a little tight.

Garnier Organic Lemongrass Gel Wash* £5.99
Who would’ve thought one of my current favourite cleansers was a budget buy from Garnier? This gel wash is enriched with organic Lemongrass Oil as well as Cornflower, Salicylic Acid and Coconut Oil to help refresh skin and leave it looking super clear. It’s such a pleasure to use that it’s been a staple in my shower for months, leaving my senses invigorated and my skin feeling effectively cleansed without any feeling of dryness or tightness; so many other budget cleansers are full of stripping ingredients, but this has been a real gem of a find I absolutely love.

My Current Most Used, Loved & Recommended Cleansers For Every Skin Type & Budget

The Inkey List Oat Cleansing Balm £9.99
Oats are well recognised as offering skin soothing and anti-inflammatory benefits, so it makes sense to encapsulate this skin kind ingredient into a cleanser; The Inkey List’s hardworking balm cleanser is enriched with 3% Oat Kernel Oil and 1% Oat Powder to smooth, nourish and reduce irritation. It’s such a great all-round cleanser that’s suited to every skin type, and for this price you really can’t do better – I’ve been using it for the past couple of months and I adore the simplicity and effectiveness of the formula, so I’ll definitely be repurchasing when it’s all gone.

If you fancy a more in-depth look at each of the cleansers,
including the textures and my thoughts on who they work for, have a watch of my video below!



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  1. missdanielleeex
    April 30, 2020 / 5:58 pm

    I’ve been dying to get my hands on that Oat Cleanser, it’s always out of stock though! The L’Oreal one looks interesting, I saw a few of those in the shop the other day. Danielle ||

    • hayleyhalluk
      May 1, 2020 / 10:20 am

      I must’ve been lucky! Keep a look out though as it’s brilliant.

  2. April 30, 2020 / 8:43 pm

    I really need to try the Versed cleansing balm, especially if it’s as good as the Clinique offering!

    Jodie |

    • hayleyhalluk
      May 1, 2020 / 10:20 am

      Honestly, in a blind test I don’t think I could tell the difference!

  3. May 7, 2020 / 3:08 pm

    Oooh, I’ve never tried a pre-cleanse before. I’m currently using Algenist melt-in oil cleanser as my first cleanse, then I jump into my SKN-RG Diamond Blue Cleanser! John x

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