Cleansing my face is one of my favourite parts of my beauty routine – except when I get home too late and tired – so I was really thrilled to take part of the Debenhams facial cleanser challenge.
Needless to say, a good cleansers is an essential part of any skincare routine. it does take the day off you face, even if you don’t wear makeup – think pollution, dirt and grease produced by your own skin and suncream and other care products residues.
So very important, ladies and gentlemen.
I tried three different types of cleansers – a gel, a foam and a balm.
The Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser has a very light foam texture and smells of of sweet tea, quite “natural”.
I applied on heavy-ish makeup and I noticed it was like the makeup melted on my face. It made a very decent job of removing eye makeup, albeit not all of it, but more than most cleansers. Skin feels very clean and comfortable after use. Toner cotton wool comes up almost totally clean.
This award winning cleanser contains antioxidant-rich african red tea, vitamin C, borage oil and grapefruit, orange and tangerine extracts, so it also has moisturising, anti-inflammatory and astringent properties. it costs £26 for 207ml.
The Trilogy Balancing Gel Cleanser has a firm gel texture and creates a very decent lather. It smells quite flowery and woody and you can definitely you can make out the rose among the ingredients.
It feels super gentle on the skin and cleansed well, doing a good job of removing makeup. Skin feels very clean after and cleanser did’t dry it.
This cleanser contains rosehip, witch hazel and willow bark, so it has purifying and clarifying properties. It cost £22.50 for 150ml.
Finally, the balance me cleanse and smooth face balm. This product is quite different from the usual cleansers as it takes a rich balm texture with some exfoliating granules. Smells very subtly herbal.
It is quite thick but melts in contact with the skin and the exfoliating particles disappear in contact with water, creating a smooth cream.
It makes a decent job of removing eye makeup but toner cotton wool showed a tiny bit of makeup left, although I could see a lot on the muslin cloth that comes with it. Skin feels quite moisturised and polishes after use, which I think is a huge plus.
Contains all the goodness of balance me products and is 100% natural, it has fine oats powder, arctic cloudberry, camellia, kukui nut and rosehip oils with cocoa, mango and shea butter and English camomile and red mandarin essential oils. It cost £20 for 125ml and it comes with a muslim cloth.
This is a brand I really, really love check out my review on their Radiance Face Oil, Rose Otto hand cream and others).
So, which one is my favourite? Well… it’s a hard choice. I actually rated them all similarly, as they are all great in their on way and were pretty good to my skin.
Personally, I like cleansers that foam, so Ole Henriksen and Trilogy do that quite well. Having said that, the balance me balm is a great addition to the routine and perfect for drier or mature skins. For me, it is a slightly exfoliant product, I’d use maximum 3 times a week.
Head over to Debenhams Daily Debrief’s Beauty Spotlight on Facial Cleansers for my ratings and tips on these three fab cleansers. On the Debenhams Daily Debrief you can also find loads of fashion, beauty and lifestyle news and tips.
Also, remember that Debenhams has a great range of beauty products and you are certain to find what you looking for, as well as advise to get the right products to suit your needs.