#1 shu uemura Blanc:Chroma Lightening & Polishing Cleansing Oil, $125 (450 ml)
shu uemura’s iconic cleansing oil formula is now enriched with Japanese Binchotan and bilberries to dissolve dead skin cells and draw out impurities lodged deep within pores for a clarified and refined complexion. It is also infused with tea ferment for added brightening properties.
#2 Allies of Skin Fresh Slate Vitamin C & Enzymes Brightening Cleanser + Masque, $59 (70 ml)
Made with water-activated Vitamin C and fruit-derived enzymes, this cleanser goes to work the minute it’s applied on damp skin. Instantly, dead skin cells are eliminated while unevenness and dark spots are reduced over time. You can also use this as a mask to neutralise redness and calm inflammation for a unified skin tone.
#3 Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser, $27 (177 ml)
Formulated with glycolic acid, this potent yet gentle foaming cleanser sweeps away dead skin cells and gradually refines pores and retexturises skin for a smoother, more radiant appearance. It is also fortified with a blend of soothing botanicals like camomile and sage to rebalance and hydrate skin. It can also be used as a body wash to help those with body acne.
#4 Caolion Magic Black Powder Sparkling Wash Powder, $45 (50 g)
When mixed with water, this cleansing powder forms a rich lather that penetrates into pores to get rid of excess sebum, dead skin cells, as well as traces of dust and pollution. It also contains malic acid, a type of AHA, which refines skin texture and improves skin’s ability to retain moisture so your skin feels squeaky clean but never dry or tight.
#6 Erno Laszlo White Marble Treatment Bar, $62 (100 g)
With a three-pronged action, this foaming cleansing bar works by gently exfoliating dull skin, fighting excess melanin production and protecting skin against further damage. A patented fruit acid complex thoroughly cleanses while gradually sloughing off dead skin cells that have accumulated on skin surface; a unique nano-encapsulated LumiWhite complex effectively penetrates skin to combat melanin production right at the source while shea butter infuses skin with moisture and nutrients. With each cleanse, expect skin to look more and more luminous over time.
#7 Lixirskin Electrogel Cleanser, about $42 (100 ml), at Net-A-Porter
Specially developed to target dull skin caused by pollution, this cleanser has a slight negative charge to attract positively charged particles of dirt, toxins and free radicals to draw out these impurities that asphyxiates a healthy complexion. You can also apply a thin layer over cleansed, dry skin and use it as a detoxifying mask for deeply purified skin.