Step 1 Cleansers

Facial cleansing is the first step in your skincare routine

A proper facial cleanser removes excess sebum, dirt and make-up. After use, your skin will feel both fresh and clean. By regularly cleaning your face with a facial cleanser and daily removal of your make-up, your skin will gradually start to radiate. Discover more

What is a cleanser and why do I need one?

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A cleanser is a key component of your skincare routine because it removes makeup, sunscreen, oil and pore clogging impurities to help prevent breakouts, blackheads and other skin concerns.

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    All skin types
    Breakouts, Blackheads, Enlarged pores

    Leaves skin feeling clean and refreshed

    Soft on skin, hard on breakouts

    Removes excess oil

    Refreshing cleansing gel gently removes excess oil, debris and pore-clogging impurities.

    Glycerin, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Sodium Laureth Sulfate
    15% off
    Travel size exfoliant
    Travel size day moisturiser
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    Combination skin, Oily skin
    Breakouts, Anti-Aging, Blackheads

    Cleanses skin without drying it out

    Fights signs of ageing

    Fights breakouts and blackheads

    Creamy foaming face wash will leave skin feeling refreshed, soft and smooth.

    Bisabolol, Lecithin, Hyaluronic Acid
    15% off
    Travel size exfoliant
    Travel size day moisturiser
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    Combination skin, Oily skin
    Breakouts, Blackheads, Enlarged pores

    Balances skin

    Fights breakouts and blackheads

    Removes excess oil

    This foaming cleanser removes dirt, excess oil and makeup without stripping skin.

    Aloe Vera, Glycerin, Sunflower Oil
    15% off
    Travel size exfoliant
    Travel size day moisturiser
  • Normal skin, Dry skin
    Anti-Aging

    Cleanses skin without drying it out

    Leaves skin soft and hydrated

    Fights signs of ageing

    Creamy cleanser gently yet effectively removes dirt and makeup for clean, smooth skin.

    Green Tea Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Chamomile Flower Extract
    Travel size exfoliant
    Travel size day moisturiser
  • Combination skin, Oily skin
    Redness, Rosacea-prone skin, Sensitive skin

    Suitable for rosacea-prone skin

    Calms red skin

    Leaves skin feeling clean and refreshed

    Lightweight, gel cleanser for red, sensitive skin gently removes excess oil and debris.

    Allantoin, Aloe Vera, Glycerin
    Travel size exfoliant
    Travel size day moisturiser
  • All skin types
    Sensitive skin

    Dissolvable beads gently cleanse

    Smooths skin's surface

    Removes excess oil

    The UnScrub is a cleansing face scrub with natural dissolvable jojoba beads that gently cleanses and polishes skin, leaving it silky soft and never dry or red.

    Jojoba esters, Glycerin, Chamomile Flower Extract
    Travel size exfoliant
    Travel size day moisturiser
  • Normal skin, Dry skin
    Redness, Rosacea-prone skin, Sensitive skin

    Cleanses skin without drying it out

    Suitable for rosacea-prone skin

    Calms red skin

    Cream cleanser for red, sensitive skin that thoroughly cleanses without drying out skin.

    Aloe Vera, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium PCA
    Travel size exfoliant
    Travel size day moisturiser
  • All skin types
    Anti-Aging, Dull skin

    Removes makeup

    Strengthens skin's natural barrier

    Protects skin against the harmful effects of pollution.

    This silky cleanser gently removes dirt, excess oil and skin-dulling pollutants.

    Amino acids, Lauric acid, Phospholipids
    Travel size exfoliant
    Travel size day moisturiser
  • Dry skin
    Very dry skin, Redness, Rosacea-prone skin

    Cleanses skin without drying it out

    Prevents moisture loss

    Softens rough skin

    Rich, creamy cleanser that thoroughly removes makeup and debris without stripping skin.

    Beta-glucan, Chamomile Flower Extract, Soy bean oil/sterols
    Travel size exfoliant
    Travel size day moisturiser
  • All skin types
    Very dry skin, Rosacea-prone skin, Sensitive skin

    Hydrates skin

    Removes makeup

    Promotes radiant-looking skin

    A triple-action cleansing balm formulated with omegas 3, 6 and 9 to cleanse, nourish and hydrate while rinsing completely clean.

    Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Meadowfoam seed oil, Jojoba Oil
    Travel size exfoliant
    Travel size day moisturiser
  • All skin types
    Sensitive skin

    Leaves skin feeling clean and refreshed

    Gentle on skin

    Suitable for sensitive skin

    Gentle, soap-free formula cleanses skin without leaving it feeling tight or dry.

    Aloe Vera, Decyl Glucoside, Glycerin
    Travel size exfoliant
    Travel size day moisturiser
  • All skin types
    Sensitive skin

    Cleanses skin without drying it out

    Gentle on skin

    Leaves skin soft and hydrated

    This nourishing cleanser gently cleanses and hydrates skin with five natural oils.

    Coconut oil, Sunflower Oil, Jojoba Oil
    Travel size exfoliant
    Travel size day moisturiser
  • All skin types
    Sensitive skin

    Leaves skin feeling clean and refreshed

    Suitable for sensitive skin

    Gentle on skin

    Gentle gel cleanser made with natural ingredients effectively removes debris and make-up.

    Aloe Vera, Decyl Glucoside, Glycerin
    Travel size exfoliant
    Travel size day moisturiser
  • All skin types
    Sensitive skin

    Removes makeup

    Great addition to your skincare regime

    Ideal for use on-the-go

    Gentle cloths effortlessly remove makeup and soothe skin.

    Chamomile Flower Extract, Glycerin, Silicone
    Travel size exfoliant
    Travel size day moisturiser
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What is a cleanser?

A cleanser is the first step of a basic and advanced skincare routine and remove dirt, oil, makeup and SPF, clearing the way for the rest of your skincare products. Cleansing is an essential skincare step and helps to address multiple skin concerns including breakouts, blackheads and signs of ageing.

What does a cleanser do?

No matter what kind of skin type or concerns you have – whether it's breakouts, wrinkles, fine lines, redness, blackheads or enlarged pores – the basis for healthy, glowing skin is an effective, gentle facial cleanser. Before you start buying expensive but ineffective products, it's a good idea to first find out what makes a good skin cleanser or facial cleanser. If you're looking for something to target breakouts, fine lines or dry skin in particular, it can be difficult to find the right products. A facial cleanser that's suitable for blemish-prone skin can be drying. In turn, this will have negative effects on signs of ageing because wrinkles and fine lines will be more visible on dry skin. Products that are effective against wrinkles often have an oily texture, whereas lighter textures may be more suitable for those concerned with breakouts or blackheads.

The most important step towards a beautiful, healthy skin: a mild facial cleanser

No matter what kind of skin or skin problems you have – whether it's pimples, wrinkles, redness, blackheads or enlarged pores – the basis for a beautiful and healthy skin is an effective, yet mild facial cleanser. Before you start buying expensive but ineffective products, it's a good idea to first find out what makes a good skin cleanser or facial cleanser. If you're looking for something against pimples, wrinkles or dry skin in particular, it can be difficult to find the right products. A facial cleanser that's suitable for blemished skin often dries out the skin. In turn, this will have negative effects on signs of skin ageing. Wrinkles and fine lines will be more visible on a dry skin. Products that are effective against wrinkles often have an oily texture, which may cause pimples or blackheads.

How to use our mild facial cleanser

Cleanse your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser from Paula's Choice. All our cleansers thoroughly cleanse the skin without drying or causing irritation. If you're wearing (waterproof) makeup, it is best to use a facial cleanser with a soft washcloth and completely remove your makeup in the evening. Don't use a bar of soap or drying facial cleanser as this could aggravate your skin. Our selection of facial cleansers have been adapted to the specific needs of each skin type and have a range of textures and benefits.

Find the right facial cleanser for oily, dry, normal and sensitive skin

Even if you have normal, breakout-free skin without any skin concerns, it's still important to cleanse your skin daily to keep it that way. A gentle facial cleanser ensures your skin continues to function normally. Lotion-like facial cleansers are the best for normal skin.

If you have combination skin (with oily and dry areas), you need to opt for a special facial cleanser. For example, combination skin requires a cleanser that thoroughly cleanses the oily areas of your skin, but which doesn't strip the dry areas. The best option for combination skin is a cleanser with a foam or gel-like texture.

If you are looking for a cleanser for oily skin, opt for a cleanser that removes excess sebum without irritating the skin. To reduce sebum and restore balance, it is best to cleanse oily skin twice a day.

If your skin feels tight and sensitive after cleansing, you probably have dry skin. Facial cleansers for dry skin often have a creamy texture are specifically developed to cleanse your skin gently and leave your skin feeling comfortable, without causing a taut, burning or itchy sensation.

Buy a Paula’s Choice facial cleanser

Interested in buying a facial cleanser? Please take a look at our range. We offer the right solution for every skin concern. Order today and benefit from fast and inexpensive delivery. If you don't like a product or believe something else is better for your skin, you can return the product within 60 days and get your money back – even if the product has been opened.

Beauty begins with truth

Our philosophy? Smart, Safe Beauty. The products you use should work and be good for your skin, no exceptions. Based on our heritage in consumer advocacy, each of our formulas is effective, safe and backed by cited research. We uncover the truth about skincare and share all of the facts with you along the way - because keeping your skin healthy shouldn't be a mystery.

Our products do what they promise and we want you to experience that for yourself, that's why we offer a 60 day money-back guarantee. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, contact us within 60 days for a full refund.

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For any questions about our products or for help on building a skincare routine, please contact our Customer Care team. Our skincare experts are on hand to help you find the best products for your skin.