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7 Standout Facial Cleansers That Won’t Strip Your Skin

These cleansers refresh and purify, while still protecting your skin's natural barrier.

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Odacite Cleansing Micellar WaterPhoto Credit: Odacité

Blue Waters

This new release from Odacité is a beautiful combination of French beauty and Ayurvedic healing herbs. Micellar water is a French woman’s beauty secret that crossed the Atlantic in recent years and can now be found in the online shopping cart of every skincare enthusiast. Turmeric, neem and holy basil are added to fight the skin damaging effects of pollution and a base of aloe vera juice hydrates and soothes. Its sweet citrus scent lingers thanks to the no-rinse formula.

Odacité Blue Aura Cleansing Water, $53; thedetoxmarket.ca

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Omorovicza CleanserPhoto Credit: Omorovicza

Peachy Clean

These circular pads are soaked in a natural olive oil micellar solution. The micelles act like magnets and attract dirt, make-up and sebum for a gentle cleanse. Perfect for travel or those nights when you’re *almost* too tired to wash your face.

Peachy Micellar Cleansers, $65 (60 pre-soaked discs); omorovicza.com

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Weleda Gentle Cleansing FoamPhoto Credit: Weleda

Plant Powered

The star ingredient of this lightweight foaming cleanser is witch hazel, commonly known for its astringent and anti-acne properties. (Btw, this is when you can expect hormonal acne to finally go away.) When combined with marshmallow extract it serves up a thorough cleanse that calms skin and won’t dry it out.

Weleda Gentle Cleansing Foam, $20 (150 mL); Whole Foods Market, well.ca and natural health and wellness retailers across Canada (available June)

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petal cleanserPhoto Credit: Cocoon Apothecary

Petal Soft

Take a look at Cocoon Apothecary’s e-commerce website and you’ll find rave reviews for this cleanser. The fact that every reviewer gave it a full five stars is telling. It exfoliates without stripping the skin of its natural oils thanks to jojoba beads, a natural and non-abrasive exfoliant. Other key ingredients include lavender and coconut oil to purify and soothe.

Cocoon Apothecary Petal Purity Exfoliating Facial Cleanser, $30 (250 mL); cocoonapothecary.ca

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BiodermaPhoto Credit: Bioderma

So Sensibio

Bioderma is already a beauty editor fave thanks to its popular cleansing waters. Now, there’s a version specifically formulated to reduce and prevent redness. Cucumber extract and aloe vera extract make this a super soothing formula, perfect for sensitive skin types and anyone prone to rosacea.

Bioderma Sensibio H2O AR, $15 (250 mL); beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca

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Amalusta Cleansing FoamPhoto Credit: Amalusta

Aces High

This ph-balanced coconut-derived foaming cleanser relies on witch hazel and aloe extract to soothe skin while echinacea leaf extract fights acne bacteria. In the words of Amalusta, “Ace makes sure you remove the bad stuff without disturbing the good stuff.”

Ace Gentle Cleansing Foam, $26 (210 mL); amalusta.com

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Dermalogica Intensive Moisture CleanserPhoto Credit: Dermalogica

Great Barrier

This lipid-rich formula is perfect for dry skin types and helps protect and restore the skin’s natural barrier. After cleansing, your skin will feel hydrated, never dry. How many cleansers can do that!?

Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Cleanser, $56 (150 mL); dermalogica.ca and sephora.ca

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