Face wash should leave your skin feeling clean and refreshed, but not dry. I’ve used a lot of cleansers, drugstore and luxury brands. Put the cost aside and you’ll notice that they all have very similar ingredients (look at the first 4).
Ignore the crazy ingredients towards the middle and end because even if it has collagen, salicylic acid, or vitamin A, B, C, D, E, .. Z, it won’t make a difference since it’s all getting washed off. Those ingredients are only useful in toners, moisturizers, serums, and anything else that actually stays on your skin.
That being said, here are the only face cleansers you will ever need:
Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash (Ulta, $5.99)
» Lathers well
» Skin left feeling clean but not irritated
» Can be drying, so only for those who have oily skin
Free & Clear Liquid Cleanser, For Sensitive Skin (Walgreens, $7.99)
» No parabens, sulfates, fragrance
» Gentle lather
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser (Walmart, $10.43)
» Very gentle because it doesn’t lather
» For those who aren’t used to it, may feel “dirty” afterwards
» Great for those with problem skin, rosacea, acne, etc.
Aveeno Ultra-Calming Foaming Cleanser (Ulta, $7.99)
» Lathers due to pump, not ingredients
» Calms irritated/inflamed skin