Last updated on Jan 7th, 2016 at 01:13 pm

We all know the drill. The first step in any skincare routine is to cleanse. Aside from keeping your pores clean and clear, scrubbing up nicely will ensure that any other product you use afterwards will better penetrate your skin.

So, what are you waiting for? Let’s take a look at this year’s fresh crop of cleansers. There’s something for every skin type as well as every budget.

Garnier Skin Naturals Micellar Extra-Gentle Cleansing Wipes, R59,95 for a pack of 25

Garnier’s pocket-friendly micellar water (just R34,95!) shook up the beauty counters a while back and now they’ve whipped out a pack of wipes that merges micellar technology with ultra-soft silk fibres. Suitable for even sensitive skins, their fragrance and alcohol-free wipes are super thick, ultra soft and remove even waterproof make-up with just a few sweeps.garnier wipesElizabeth Arden Ceramide Replenishing Cleansing Oil, (price TBA)

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Infused with hydrating lipids like omega fatty acids and collagen-encouraging vitamin E, Arden’s luxurious cleansing oil dissolves even waterproof make-up with the greatest of ease. As it transforms into a milky emulsion when it meets water, it rinses off to leave the skin feeling beautifully pampered and clean – not oily in the least. Suddenly taking off your make-up becomes a treat!arden oil

Dermaceutic Foamer 15 Expert Exfoliating Foam, R500, selected spas and salons*

Thanks to its 15% strength glycolic acid, Dermaceutic’s mousse-like face wash gently exfoliates to reveal a brighter-looking complexion provided you massage it into your face for a bit before rinsing. There’s also a little super-soothing liquorice root extract and hydrating antioxidant-rich coconut oil in the mix to ensure you cleanse well but never ‘strip’.dermaceutic

*Visit Dermaceutic SA online to find a stockist near you.

Vichy Normaderm Cleansing Mattifying Foam, R199, Clicks, Dis-Chem and Red Square

Anyone with oily, spot-prone skin will appreciate Vichy’s new mousse-like cleanser. It makes light work of removing oil and make-up, while blackhead-busting salicylic acid exfoliates your pores to help keep them clean and clear. The best bit? Unlike many other blemish-focused treatment products it has a pretty floral scent and doesn’t smell ‘medicinal’ in the least.vichy nFreeman Charcoal & Black Sugar Polishing Mask, R64,95, Dis-Chem

Looking for a gentle face scrub that’s still scrubby enough to exfoliate the dead skin cells that can dull your complexion? Freeman’s will do the trick while naturally purifying activated charcoal absorbs oil and impurities without over-drying your skin. It smells good enough to eat too – a little bit like chocolate!


Dr. Organic Dead Sea Minerals Face Wash, R179, Wellness Warehouse

A blend of 20 essential minerals from the Dead Sea, Dr. Organic’s gently foaming face wash is suitable to cleanse all skin types – even dry and sensitive. Jam-packed with natural actives, many of which are organic, it’s other beneficial ingredients include hydrating algae, super soothing aloe leaf juice and anti-microbial blemish-busting thyme oil.dead seaSee anything you think you’d like to use? Also, what’s your current favourite cleanser?

Let’s chat in the comments section below.