Best cleansers under £15: Affordable options the Stylist beauty team swear by

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You don’t need to spend a lot to find a good cleanser. Here, our beauty team round up their favourites.

Regardless of whether you’re working from home, venturing outside to the newly-opened pubs and restaurants or having a socially-distanced gathering at your friend’s house; you still need to clean your face properly at the end of the day.

Cleansers are an important part of any skincare routine. No matter your skin type or concerns, it’s imperative that you take the time to shift any dirt or grime that has built up throughout the day, along with SPF (because you need to apply it every day, regardless of being indoors).

But the best thing about cleansers? Despite their vital role, you don’t need to drop a load of cash to find a really effective one. If you’re looking to switch up your skincare routine, the Stylist beauty team has picked the affordable options they swear by. Happy face washing…

  • CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser, £9.50


    CeraVe is a big favourite across the entire Stylist beauty team. This cleanser contains hyaluronic acid and ceramides to keep the skin barrier hydrated and protected. In fact, when beauty assistant Kiran Meeda tried it for the first time, she called it “a reliable, dependable and gentle cleanser”.

    CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser, £9.50

  • Curel Makeup Cleansing Gel, £12.50


    If you have sensitive skin, this cleanser could be the one for you. “Given my skin has a tendency to go very dry, very quick, I’ve never been a fan of gel cleansers, as I usually find them too stripping,” says Shannon Peter, beauty director. “This one is more like a halfway house between a gel and an oil, meaning it melts make-up so brilliantly, and leaves skin feeling nourished. It doesn’t foam like you’d might expect, but instead goes a little milky and rinses off with ease.”    

    Curel Makeup Cleansing Gel, £12.50

  • La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel, £12.50


    La Roche Posay’s Effaclar range is cult for its gentle yet effective formulas. “I first discovered this cleanser when I was looking for something that would help to clear up my acne-prone skin and it’s seriously incredible,” says Lucy Partington, beauty editor. “Best used after removing make-up, it helps get rid of any lingering impurities while also working to eliminate any excess oil and sebum. The gel formula makes it super satisfying to use, plus it’s formulated with thermal spring water so it won’t cause irritation or sensitivity in skin either.”

    La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel, £12.50

  • The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser, £5.50


    The Ordinary’s skincare line-up is known for its affordable and effective offering – and this cleanser is no different. The balm-to-oil formula shifts even the most stubborn make-up while maintaining the skin’s moisture levels.

    The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser, £5.50

  • The INKEY List Oat Cleansing Balm, £9.99


    “In my job, I often experiment with new skincare bits – some of which can leave my skin slightly irritated,” explains Hanna Ibraheem, senior beauty writer. “But this cleanser has been the perfect option for keeping it soothed. Made up of oat kernel oil and oat powder, it’s gentle but manages to leave my skin feeling clean and fresh.”

    Better yet, this cleanser is a multi-tasker. “You can massage it onto damp skin like a normal cleanser or, if your skin is feeling particularly aggravated, leave it on for 10 minutes for a quick, nourishing face mask.”

    The INKEY List Oat Cleansing Balm, £9.99

  • The Body Shop Aloe Calming Cream Cleanser, £8.50


    The Body Shop has a wide range of popular affordable cleansers. For Kiran, it’s the aloe vera option that ticks all the boxes. “When cleansing, I need a product that will maintain my skin’s moisture levels, but still provide an effective clean,” she says. “This cleanser has a fragrance-free, no-fuss, luxuriously creamy texture that works with my skin to keep it hydrated. It’s also gentle enough to use on my acne-prone, sensitive, red skin.”

    The Body Shop Aloe Calming Cream Cleanser, £8.50

  • Fresh Soy Face Cleanser


    A favourite amongst beauty experts for its gentle and non-stripping formula, this pH-balanced gel cleanser contains amino acid-rich soy proteins to maintain healthy skin. It also has cucumber extract, borage seed oil and rosewater to balance and soothe an irritated complexion.

    Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, £11.50

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