Cleanser is the first step to any skincare regimen, morning or night, which also makes it one of the most important. Your cleanser has to gently remove makeup and impurities to prep your skin for the products to come without stripping it of its natural oils or throwing off your skin’s pH level—a fine balance.
Jill Wallace of Little Black Boots, Anne Di of Beauty Bitten, and Samantha Wennerstrom of Could I Have That? are three bloggers with very different skin types. One fights the battle with dryness, another complains of the midday oil slicks, and the third’s sensitive skin is always acting up, but each turn to Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash ($24) to meet their cleansing needs. Wallace, the fashion-loving jet-setter, loves it because “it leaves my skin feeling smooth, like I just had a really great facial.” Meanwhile Di, a YouTube beauty guru, is a fan of how it “prevents breakouts,” and Wennerstrom raves about “how it exfoliates and softens at the same time.”
Keep reading to learn more about how the cleanser tackles each of their skin concerns.
The wrong face wash can easily strip Wallace’s already dry skin, leaving her complexion even more thirsty for moisture—not the case with the Fabulous Foaming Face Wash (thanks to its soothing rose hip and chamomile). “It leaves me feeling balanced and refreshed, rather than dried out,” she says. Wallace follows the cleanser with moisturizer and an eye mask before bed.
Like anyone with acne-prone skin knows, irritating, grainy exfoliators can turn a few clogged pores into a full-blown breakout. You have to find an exfoliator that will slough off dead cells without tearing up your skin. Enter: the exfoliating cleanser. “The exfoliating beads help clear out any gunk I have in my pores, which is important since I have acne-prone skin, but it’s gentle and very relaxing,” Di explains.
To hydrate her sensitive skin, Wennerstrom drinks “loads” of water every day. The Bliss cleanser “leaves my skin incredibly refreshed,” she says, “like I have a clean slate to do my makeup,” which is key for any fresh-faced beauty look. Following the cleanser, she uses Bliss Triple Oxygen Energizing Vitamin C Day Cream ($56), which she says "keeps my complexion from getting too dull."
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