Makeup is complicated, especially in summer.
It’s only July and I’ve already gone through about four different pale white girl skin shades: white, pink, red and tan. I say tan… darker red for about three hours. Right now, I’m having to put on a few more products than I usually would so the artistic creation on my face matches my neck, and it’s taking a bit of a toll.
Let’s say I’m going on a night out and I actually want people to recognise me so I’m putting my I-care-if-people-from-high-school-see-me makeup on, it’s a real artistic, strategic endeavour. Let’s go through a quick run-down.
I currently have three foundations on the go: Bobbi Brown Longwear Even-Finish (£34) for eating at fancy restaurants, L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24H Matte (£8.99) I’m eating out twice in one day and L’Oréal Paris True Match (£9.99) for everywhere else I eat. THEN since my arms have decided to react the sun this year, I go over the foundation with a little bit of Benefit Hoola (£24.50) and use the Tarte PRO Glow (£36) to make sure I don’t have a 2D-beach face. I don’t know what that means either.
Once the canvas is well and truly set, like you’d need a pick axe to smudge it, it’s time to get that staple eye makeup did. There’s the randomly chosen shades from Urban Decay’s Naked Palette 2 (£39.50), Body Shop Eye Pencil (£8) on the waterline and, of course, Laura Geller Lustereyes 24 Hour Liner (£19.48) may a little Soap & Glory Supercat (£6.50) for my emo cat flick. I haven’t even gotten into the lipstick situation, which can range from M.A.C to Barry M any given day. Plus, if I’m wearing Ruby Woo you better believe I’m going through about £30 worth of chapstick.
That’s an absolutely bonkers £150 worth of product that I’m slaking on my face every other day – and I don’t even do the whole aggressive eyebrow thing! There’s already so much going on on my face I think it’d be too much for people who have to look at my face for extended periods of time.
So, how am I gonna take off all that makeup while being gentle to my skin and honouring the £££ makeup I’ve put so much effort into? Sure, I could sit in the shower and cry like I’m in a music video but sometimes I just want to go to bed after a night out. No, I need a facial cleanser – and a good one. Fortunately for me (and you!), we already know what the best facial cleanser of 2017 is, why it’s so good and where you can buy it.
The Best Facial Cleanser of 2017
As I’m sure you know, cleansing is an essential part of any healthy skincare regime.
On June 20, 2017 consumer-minded product assessment site Reviews released an extremely detailed list of the best facial cleansers currently available on the global market. Researchers spoke with skincare experts, read hundreds of ingredients lists and found the best facial cleansers that are guaranteed to remove makeup, dirt and grease without damaging the skin. Plus, the best thing about this research is that the researchers themselves even tried the products to ensure they were the best options out there.
Right off the bat, cleansers created to treat specific skin conditions were knocked off the list, as products that handle acne or overly oily skin for example are often harsh on normal skin. Next, cleansers with harsh, oil-stripping ingredients such as alcohols, sodium lauryl, aluminium lauryl and aluminium laureth were removed. This is because these ingredients threaten the acid mantle – the thin yet critical layer of film on the skin that produces natural oils. Finally, products with “controversial” ingredients including formaldehyde releasers were removed, though cleansers with parabens remained contenders.
In the end, Reviews was left with approximately 250 cleansers in the form of gels, creams, oils, bars and foams. This is where the dermatologists and aesthetician stepped in to check how the remaining cleansers polled. One of the key dermatologists and author of Skin Rules Dr Debra Jaliman, recommended products containing ceramides, bisabolol, decyl glucoside, hyaluronic acid and glycerine, while founder of Stacked Skincare Kerry Benjamin suggested aloe, allantoin, panthenol, jojoba oil, lactic acid, rose hip oil, shea butter and vitamin E.
Following these recommendations, researchers were left with just seventeen facial cleansers to test. They caked on the waterproof mascara, long-lasting foundation and eye shadow before allowing a dime-size amount of each cleanser soak into their skin and finally finding the best cleanser of all.
So, without further ado let me introduce you to Reviews’ number one facial cleanser of 2017:
Cellex-C Betaplex Gentle Foaming Cleanser
Before I get into everything that makes this product a real winner, let me tell you the best part. Although the name may be a bit intimidating, Cellex-C Betaplex Gentle Foaming Cleanser is available from Amazon for just £21.99. I know, bonkers. Sure, it’s not as cheap as the UK’s number one Simple Micellar Cleansing Wipes, but we’re talking twenty quid more for possibly the best facial cleanser in the world. I don’t know about you but I was really surprised when I learned that.
Anyway, me being a total cheapskate aside, let’s get back to the real stuff: makeup science. According to the Cellex-C website, their Gentle Foaming Cleanser a “pale lemon, straw coloured, lightly lathering cleansing gel” with a “refreshing scent of green cucumber”. This caused me to google “colours of cucumber” and apparently there are white with black spots and yellow varieties of cucumbers. The more you know, now we can truly paint with all the colours of the cucumbers.
Ingredients in the cleanser include alpha and beta hydroxyl acids, which help breakdown oils, grime and surface skin build up while deeply cleansing the skin. Additionally, it had almost of the highly recommended ingredients such as aloe, lactic acid and bisabolol, despite the fact it only contains twelve ingredients in total.
Cellex-C and Reviews agree that using the foam leaves the face feeling completely rejuvenated. The researchers even went on to say that dry patches of winter skin were almost instantly smooth and moisturised, leaving faces feeling free of impurities. Yet, the foam is ungreasy and doesn’t leave the face feeling stiff or soapy.
I don’t know about you, but I am pretty impressed with everything I’ve read about this product. However, no product is without flaws and while Cellex-C Betaplex Gentle Foaming Cleanser certainly has superb substance the style is a little… lacklustre. The packaging makes the product look like a medical ointment and probably won’t look particularly nice on your dressing table. At best, it would certainly look like you take care of yourself and at worst someone might think you’re dealing with some sort of dermatological disease. Although in fairness, I have three different eczema creams scattered on my desk so maybe I’m just projecting.
Regardless, this is certainly a product I am interested in trying – especially since my choice of skincare products is particularly limited. If you have had the honour of trying the best cleanser of 2017, please let me know your opinions in the comments below as I’d love to get some real, salt-of-the-Earth reviews.