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40 UK Women Tried 4 Of The Most ‘Instagrammed’ Cleansers On The Market Today. Here Is Their Feedback

40 UK Women Tried 4 Of The Most ‘Instagrammed’ Cleansers On The Market Today. Here Is Their Feedback

Trendy sheet masks and face mists may come and go (depending on our level of skin-care commitment), but cleansers are forever. They’re not the sexiest products on the market, but they’re some of the most crucial. That being said, we don’t always take enough time to figure out which formula is compatible with our skin type. Unknown to many, the wrong cleanser can actually harm your skin by causing irritation and inflammation. In other cases, it may not clean you as effectively as you may need, and [can] leave you feeling oily.

Irritation, inflammation, oil — all roads lead to breakouts. To help you find your cleansing soul mate, we’ve identified the best ones on the market for your skin type and budget. Keep reading to find the face wash of your dreams, and let us know your favourite in the comments.

Paula’s Choice Clear Cleanser from £5

Brand Description:

Tough on breakouts, soft on your skin. Breakouts can occur at any age, whether you’re 15 or 50. Cleansing is the first step to improving your skin. Clear Pore Normalizing Cleanser is tough on blemishes yet kind to your skin, gently removing excess oil, debris and pore-clogging impurities to leave skin clean, clear and refreshed.

Eunice and Jennifer

Featured Kiiona Member Reviews:

“Good non harsh cleanser. Didn’t specifically notice any results although, It did not irritate my skin. Need more time to give a thorough review although I think my skin had a slight improvement after 7 days of use.”- Eunice

“This cleanser by Paula’s Choice is worth buying and one of the best I’ve used for my blemish prone skin. First of all the bottle is a simple blue and gives it a medical appearance. The brand is known for is quality beauty staples and although comes with a slightly higher price tag, let me tell you it’s worth it. The cleanser has a gel-like consistency which feels gentle against the skin. It produces a very slight lather however does not dry your skin out at all and actually my skin now looks hydrated. It lives up to its claim in removing dirt and oil from your pores and my skin has felt super clean once rinsed and patter dry. It took at least a week for me to notice a difference but since using, my blemishes have reduced and my skin is a lot clearer compared to using my prior cleanser. The top ingredient is salicylic acid which is well known chemical that exfoliates and cleans pores and which my skin has reacted well to. I also love that the brand has ensured this cleanser is cruelty-free. Overall I highly recommend this cleanser, due to its formula that really does get rid of blemishes and is makes your face squeaky clean.” Jennifer

“I loved this cleanser so much ! From the simple packaging to the non fragrance which I look for in a cleanser. It’s not easy to lather but you only need a small amount . It’s definitely cleared my dry skin and it’s looking more softer around my hairline. Loved it and will recommend!”- Rebecca

Kiiona Beauty Editor Opinion: This cleanser seems to be effective at showing signs of acne improvement within 7 days of use, scoring an average 8/10 based on what our reviewers reported. The packaging was given an average score of 7/10 and it scored a brilliant 10/10 for value for money

Overall Rating: 8.5/10 (based on 10 reviews collected from independent testers.)

Glow Recipe Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser from £10

Brand Description:

This effective yet gentle 3-in-1 bouncy makeup eraser, cleanser, and deep clarifying mask hydrates the skin without stripping it, helping to combat blemishes and breakouts over time. It will also help the rest of your skincare products work a lot better.


Featured Kiiona Member Reviews:

“This cleanser is a gel like consistency which was clear, only a small amount was needed and I used it as part of my double cleanse routine in the evening. Really nice to apply and rub into the skin, I felt my skin was squeaky clean and refreshed after using it. I like it in my cleansing routine and will continue using it. The fragrance was very delicate and not over powering.” Sima

“I have really enjoyed using this cleanser, particularly in the morning as I find it very refreshing. The light blueberry scent makes this a pleasure to use and I love how it can be used several ways.I find that one pump is enough to cleanse my face in the morning, 2 pumps is great for removing makeup and I also enjoy using it as a mask.
I find that it thoroughly removes my makeup without stripping my skin. My complexion feels smooth, clean and ready fir my serums and creams. I feel that the price is reasonable, as it is a great quality cleanser in cute packaging that is working so well for my skin.”- Heather

“I was excited to try this cleanser as Glow Recipe really appeal to me. You can really smell the blueberry and it is just lovely. It’s a clear gel like texture and it feels nice and soft when lathered and felt quite luxurious on my face. It gave a good cleanse but my skin didn’t feel as plump and soft as it usually feels after my normal cleanser. It made my skin feel as though it was drying out and I had a breakout not long after. I really enjoyed the experience of using but unfortunately I don’t feel it is the right fit for my skin which is normal type.”- Vicki

Kiiona Beauty Editor Opinion: This cleanser seemed to have a mixed bag of feedback when it came to value for money, however the consistent feedback we got was that our testers loved how it smelt, they also loved the texture, the packaging and saw positive results within 3 days of using. The only sticking point seemed to be the pricing; however 90% of our testers said they would recommend it to their friends and family.

Overall Rating: 7.5/10 (based on 10 reviews collected from independent testers.)

The Inkey List’s Fulvic Acid Brightening Cleanser from £10.99

Brand Description:

This gentle gel cleanser contains 0.5% Nordic Peat, naturally high in Fulvic Acid that gently exfoliates and cleanses the skin to reveal a brighter, healthy looking complexion whilst removing makeup including eye makeup. It helps to improve the appearance of uneven skin tone whilst soothing and calming the skin.


Featured Kiiona Member Reviews:

“On the first use my skin was soft and clean and then after a couple of days my blemishes and pores have slightly gone and pores tightened, and texture of my skin smooth looking really good”- Sonia

“I really like this cleanser because you can take it over your eyes without irritation. And it does brighten the complexion also is affordable if you are on a budget. So I would purchase it in the future and tell my family and friends about it.”- Adele

“Really love this cleanser, you only need a small amount too so will last ages. You get a really nice lather from this cleanser and it leaves my skin feeling clean and fresh. Can’t believe how bright my skin looks also!”- Sarah

“I immediately loved the gel texture and consistency of the cleanser, a little bit definitely goes a long way! It lathers up really well on the skin. I was unsure if it was this cleanser making my skin quite drying after the first few uses so swapped out some other skincare products and definitely did feel like I saw some brightening in my skin tone. I felt this cleanser was best to use on a morning. I will continue using this cleanser both morning and night to achieve that bright and fresh look!”- Hannah

Kiiona Beauty Editor Opinion: This cleanser rated a very respectable 8/10 for packaging, however everything from value for money, scent, and effectiveness; it scored a perfect overall score of 9/10 with 100% of our testers saying they will be happy to recommend it to friends and family. Good for all skin types but excellent especially if you have dull skin that needs brightening and cheering up.

Overall Rating: 9/10 (based on 10 reviews collected from independent testers.)

Fresh Beauty Soy Face Cleanser from £12.50

Brand Description:

This pH-balanced gel cleanser for all skin types has a cult following for the way it removes makeup—even mascara—without drying for soft, supple skin. It’s made with amino acid-rich soy proteins, calming cucumber extract, and balancing rosewater. Sensitive skin? It also soothes and tones.


Featured Kiiona Member Reviews:

“Feels great and cleans well. I wish it had a little scrub but it does the job and has no smell or anything that irritated my skin.”- Cleo

“Easy cleanser to use, doesn’t foam very much but it makes my skin clean without stripping it”– Mandy

“Lightweight and gentle/ soothing but effective. Creates soft skin, removed basic makeup. Face and neck feel clean but not tight after use. Good for single or double cleansing and I used it twice a day. Love that it has an inoffensive scent.”– Lucy

Kiiona Beauty Editor Opinion: This cleanser rated an impressive 8/10 for packaging, with the best rating being 9/10 for nourishing the skin and leaving it supple. 100% of our testers agreed that they saw an improvement in their skin within 10 days and no one reported an irritation, further proving it really is pH balanced and great for sensitive skin types. It scored a respectful 8/10 for value for money. It’s a great all-rounder cleanser that helps keep your skin healthy and happy.

Overall Rating: 8/10 (based on 10 reviews collected from independent testers.)

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