My Favorite Facial Cleansers for Mature Skin

Do you have a favorite facial cleanser that you're loyal to, or do you like to switch it up every now and then? I do have a favorite, but I also like to switch it up, so I thought I would share my top five favorites with you today!

five different facial cleansers

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There are a couple of things to keep in mind as you read this post. One - these are cleansers that work well for my skin, so your mileage may vary. I have a post about my skin, so you can check to see if we have similar issues. Two - all of these cleansers are used after my makeup is removed - so I can't say how they work to remove makeup. I'm a two-stepper. I always remove my makeup prior to cleansing my skin. Whether I use Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, an oil, or a makeup remover wipe, I remove as much makeup as possible before I cleanse.

Pure & Pretty Clarifying Cleanser from I Feel Pretty Products

Pure & Pretty Clarifying Cleanser

This has been my go-to cleanser for many years. I make this cleanser and sell it on my I Feel Pretty website. There is also a Gentle version, which I sometimes use, but I prefer the scent of the Clarifying Cleanser. The scent comes from essential oils, not added fragrance. Both cleansers are made with Plantapon, which is a natural, gentle, low-foaming surfactant, so it doesn't strip the skin. When I travel, I use the regular bottle with a pump top. For home use, I transfer the cleanser in a foamer bottle so that it's foamy (duh!). When you put it in a foamer bottle, you add water, so 4 oz. becomes 8 oz. (4 oz. for $12-13)

Ingredients: Water, Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate (and) Lauryl Glucoside (Plantapon), Calendula, Yarrow, Elder Flower, Raspberry Leaf, & Linden Flower Infusions, Xanthan Gum, Lemongrass, Palmarosa, & Rosewood Essential Oils, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, & Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate.

Frixxxtion Stick Exfoliating Cleanser from Tarte

Tarte Frxxxtion Stick Exfoliating Cleanser

I received a deluxe sample of this in one of my Sephora Play! boxes. I. Love. It! Since I'm using tretinoin, I can only use gentle exfoliating products, and this one is perfect. I can cleanse and exfoliate in one step - and it's so handy for travel!

The full-size product is 1 oz. for $22. I feel like it lasts a good length of time. I've used my deluxe sample many times and there is still some left in it. I don't apply it as heavily as it appears in photos on the Tarte and Sephora websites, and it still works really well. This could possibly be due to the fact that I remove all of my makeup before cleansing. Apparently, you can also leave it on for 10 minutes as a treatment mask, then proceed with cleansing. I haven't done that, and I'm thinking you might want to apply a bit more product in this instance. (Update: I like this product enough that I purchased a full-size. I've left it on for 10 minutes as a treatment, and I think it's a nice "substitute" for a charcoal mask.)

It's formulated without fragrance, parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfates, or gluten.

Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Stearate, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Glycerin, Diatomaceous Earth, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Quaternium-90 Sepiolite, Charcoal Powder, Sodium Methyl Oleoyl Taurate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Quaternium-90 Montmorillonite, Kaolin, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Benzoate.

Thirstymud Hydrating Cleanser from Glamglow

Glamglow Thirstycleanse™ Daily Hydrating Cleanser

I originally received this cleanser in either a Sephora Play! box or as a Sephora Rouge reward about a year ago. I love the creamy texture and scent. It smells mostly like coconut (one of my favorite scents) & something else. I can't quite put my finger on it - maybe slightly fruity, like orange? The fragrance in it doesn't cause any issues for me - even though fragrance is something I try to avoid. I usually apply it to my face, then use a damp konjac sponge to get it foaming to cleanse my face. It leaves my skin so soft!

I need to pick up more, and I see it's out of stock at Sephora. Amazon has a few of the 5 oz. size for $17.95 and free shipping with Amazon Prime. It's also still available on the Glamglow site for $18.95 plus shipping. I was hoping this only meant they were redesigning the packaging, but I'm afraid it may have been discontinued. I see there are "new" cleansers, and this one isn't listed there. (Update: It has been discontinued, but you might be able to find it on Amazon or eBay. They do still have the ThirstyMud™ Hydrating Treatment.)

Ingredients: Water, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Glycerin, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Kaolin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Plumeria Acutifolia Flower Extract, Propanediol, Montmorillonite, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Chloride, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Powder, Allantoin, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Butylene Glycol, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Withania Somnifera Root Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water, Fragrance (Parfum), Coumarin, Phenoxyethanol, Mica.

The Sensitive Cleanser from Acure

Acure Sensitive Facial Cleanser

This is one that I have just started using, but I'm liking it. (After I've used it for awhile, I'll do a review.) I picked up two of these during Acure's last sale (buy one get one free). This cleanser is fragrance-free, cruelty-free, sulfate-free, paraben-free, and vegan. It's very creamy and only takes a little to do the job. It's another low-foaming cleanser, which I don't mind. Foam does not equal clean! It leaves my skin feeling soft and clean. (4 oz. for $10 - watch for BOGOF sales at Acure)

Ingredients: Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Euterpe Oleracea (acai) Fruit Extract*, Rubus Fruticosus (blackberry) Fruit Extract*, Rosa Canina (rosehips) Fruit Extract*, Punica Granatum (pomegranate) Fruit Extract*, Calendula Officinalis (calendula) Flower Extract*, Matricaria Recutita (chamomile) Flower Extract*, Aspalathus Linearis (rooibos) Leaf Extract*, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Cocos Nucifera (coconut) Oil, Stearyl Didydroxypropyldimonium Oligosaccaharides, Glyceryl Oleate, Glycerin, Phenethyl Alcohol, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Glyceryl Caprylate, Sclerotiom Gum, Glycerophosphoinositol Choline (sun flower amino acids), Argania Spinosa (argan) Kernel Oil*, Argania Spinosa Callus (argan) Culture Extract, Paeonia Lactiflora (peony) Cell Culture Extract. *organic ingredient

The Hydrating Cleanser from CeraVe

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

This is a really nice, gentle cleanser that is available at drugstores and grocery stores, as well as on Amazon. It's reasonably-priced ($11 for 12 oz.), and comes in three different sizes (I buy the largest one). It's for normal to dry skin, and like other CeraVe products, contains ceramides and hyaluronic acid with their MVE® Delivery Technology.

I usually use this cleanser in the morning when I'm just removing the traces of my skincare products from the night before. I prefer to use it in the cooler months when I'm not using self-tanner, because I've noticed that for some reason, it tends to remove my tan. I haven't had any problems with breakouts, clogged pores, or irritation, and it leaves my skin soft.

Ingredients: Purified Water, Glycerin, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6-II, Ceramide 1, Hyaluronic Acid, Cholesterol, Polyoxyl 40 Stearate, Glyceryl Monostearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 20, Potassium Phosphate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Cetyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Phytosphingosine, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum.

5 favorite facial cleansers

Have you tried any of these? What are your favorite cleansers? I want to know! Tell me in a comment!


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