9 High Street Cleansers We Love

9 High Street Cleansers We Love

Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t find an effective, results-driven cleanser. From radiance boosters to those promising to remove every trace of make-up, here are the ones which work best for every skin type.


The Oil: Boots Glow Cleansing Oil, £4

Boots’ clever ‘glow’ range is giving more expensive brands a run for their money. Our favourite from the line is this radiance-boosting cleanser, which uses olive and sunflower seed oil to swiftly remove make-up. It’s silky, lightweight and blends easily into the skin without any greasy residue left behind. It has lots of slip, too, so you can use a gua sha or jade roller with it for extra stimulation. Plus, at just £4 you can’t go wrong.  

Available at Boots.com


The Foam: CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser, £7.10

From the brand dermatologists swear by comes this cream-to-foam cleanser that’s not only gentle, but strengthens skin, too. Unlike other foaming formulas, it doesn’t leave your skin feeling dry or tight. Instead, it quickly turns into a luxe, creamy texture that removes every inch of make-up in just a few satisfying sweeps. Skin feels hydrated and refreshed post-use, without the need for a double cleanse. 

Available at LookFantastic.com


The Powder: DHC Face Wash Powder, £11

Seeing is believing with this Japanese powder. It may feel flimsy, but mixed with water, it transforms into a dense foam that gets rid of even waterproof eye make-up. Skin gets a little exfoliation, too, thanks to protease enzymes, which work to break down dead skin cells and in turn, rough texture. Great for sensitive skin types specifically, it’s actually suitable for everyone. The addition of honey locks in extra moisture, too, to keep skin soft and supple.

Available at LookFantastic.com


The Jelly: E.L.F. Bounce Back Jelly Cleanser, £7

You can always rely on E.L.F. for affordable formulas that deliver results. This Jelly Cleanser is brimming with coconut, which penetrates the skin deeply so that when you cleanse, it hydrates and never strips. A true joy to use, it’s thick, without clogging up the skin, while the cooling texture helps to soothe inflammation almost immediately. Suitable for all skin types.  

Available at FeelUnique.com


The Micellar: Garnier Micellar Water Facial Cleanser & Make-Up Remover, £2.99

Nothing beats Garnier’s cult micellar water and now, it’s available in a jumbo size (promising up to 200 uses). The popular formula has even been recognised by the British Skin Foundation and Allergy UK for its gentle, efficacious results that soothe while also delivering a seamless cleanse. The tiny micelles inside latch onto every bit of dirt for squeaky clean results – you won’t regret purchasing it, especially as it’s so affordable. 

Available at Boots.com


The Milk: L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Smoothing & Anti-Fatigue Vitamin C Cleansing Milk, £3.33

Vitamin C can be abrasive, but L’Oréal’s milky cleanser incorporates minimal amounts alongside magnesium to revitalise and brighten skin simultaneously. You only need a small amount, – its watery texture really goes the distance when it comes to removing make-up. It also suits everyone, but works especially well for post-menopausal skin, thanks to a host of essential nutrients which work to plump, tone and resurface your complexion. No wonder it sells out regularly. 

Available at Boots.com


The Gel: No7 Radiant Results Nourishing Melting Gel Cleanser, £8

This cleanser’s luxe, viscous texture belies its affordable price tag. As you massage it into the skin, the gel transforms into a lightweight oil that dissolves all make-up and surface grime, while unclogging dirty pores, too. Added grapeseed oil keeps skin feeling soft, plump and clean, and you’ll soon notice a visible, radiant glow after just a few days’ use. 

Available at Boots.com


The Balm: The Inkey List Oat Cleansing Balm, £9.99

With a thick texture, this cleanser feels luxurious and buttery. It contains 3% of oat kernel oil to help lock in moisture and reduce blackheads, while 1% oat powder keeps irritation and redness at bay. Ideal for sensitive skin types seeking a thorough cleanse, massage it onto damp skin pre-moisturiser for best results. For deeper hydration, leave it on for 10 minutes as a mask.

Available at CultBeauty.co.uk


The Cream: YourGoodSkin Blemish Clearing Calming Cream Cleanser, £4.67

Loved by industry insiders, YourGoodSkin never disappoints. This slick Cream Cleanser is no exception, as it works to take down redness and soothe inflammation, while salicylic acid breaks down uneven texture. Meanwhile, the creamy texture makes light work of even the most stubborn formulas and never stings your eyes either, unlike other iterations on the market. Plus, it’s thick, so there’s no need to double cleanse. 

Available at Boots.com

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