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The Beauty Memo

7 of the best cleansers

On a typical day in the city, your skin collects a daily film of urban dust that can contain a staggering 224 toxic ingredients, which means you need to clean deep. EVIE LEATHAM explains how to go beyond just removing makeup


BEST FOR CITY SKIN Elizabeth Arden Superstart Probiotic Cleanser – Whip to Clay

This deep-cleanses like a mask but takes a fraction of the time and won’t leave skin feeling tight. Suitable for oily or dry skins, it’s ideal for people living in the city, as it’s thorough enough to remove the urban dust that clogs pores.

BEST FOR TRAVELING Cleanse by Lauren Napier The Abundance Package – Facial Cleansing Wipes

Impregnated with aloe, chamomile and cucumber extract to balance oil production and boost hydration levels, these wipes feel luxurious, and they really work, too. They’re individually wrapped so they won’t dry out and can be easily tucked into gym bags, suitcases and carry-ons.

BEST FOR REMOVING EYE MAKEUP Sisley Paris Gentle Make-Up Remover

Best as a pre-cleanse, this makeup remover has a pump-action head that’s spill-proof and faff-free. It’s incredibly gentle around the eye area but will still remove all traces of makeup, including waterproof mascara and long-wear lipstick.

BEST FOR SUMMER SKIN Eve Lom Gel Balm Cleanser

This gel-to-balm formula is a lighter version of Eve Lom’s cult classic cleansing balm. It contains the brand’s signature blend of clove, eucalyptus, hops and chamomile oil to melt away makeup, including waterproof mascara, but splashes off so there’s no need for muslin cloths.

BEST FOR DRY SKIN Sunday Riley Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm

This may feel grainy at first – it contains sugar-based cleansers to lightly polish the skin – but soon melts as you massage it in, before you remove it with a damp cloth. It can be left on pre-cleansed skin for 20 minutes to hydrate, but if you don’t like the filmy residue that balms can leave behind, use this as the first step to a double-cleanse.

BEST FOR BREAKOUTS AND BRIGHTENING MZ Skin Cleanse & Clarify Dual Action AHA Cleanser & Mask

With a combination of AHAs and fruit enzymes, this very gently resurfaces the skin, as opposed to scrubs that can irritate blemishes and make them angry-looking. It can be used every day (it contains acid so we’d suggest using it at night only) and doubles up as a weekly clarifying mask treatment.


The foam cleanser has been given a makeover by La Mer. It’s enriched with the brand’s patented Miracle Broth, so it feels rich and hydrating, and won’t leave skin looking papery once it’s splashed off. The creamy texture means that you can really massage it in, unlike other foam cleansers.

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