MILAN, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 23: A model poses, hair detail, backstage at the Simona Marziali – MRZ fashion show during the Milan Women’s Fashion Week on September 23, 2020 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Rosdiana Ciaravolo/Getty Images)

Cleansing is to beauty what teeth brushing is to personal hygiene: boring. But 2021 has other plans, for your skincare routine, that is. Instead of the basic foaming/non-foaming varietals, we’re seeing a wave of new launches that not only work, but are a delight to use. Take Fresh Beauty’s latest offering: a Kombucha-spiked cleanser essence that removes makeup, nourishes the microbiome and leaves you looking noticeably brighter. And then there’s Augustinus Bader’s decadent balm – which feels less like a cleanser, more like an out of body experience.

Anyway, if a clean face is the bane of your skincare routine, try one of these innovations on for size. Your skin will no doubt thank you for it.


Augustinus Bader The Cleansing Balm, $140. shop now

Lovers of luxury skincare will fawn over this superlative offering from Augustinus Bader. Loaded with the brand’s signature TFC8 complex alongside avocado, vitamin e and squalane, it’s decadent, rich and nourishing. Massage it into dry skin and remove with a muslin cloth.

We can’t deny the efficiency of micellar water. You simply add a little to a cotton round, and the “micelles” sweep away dirt, makeup, grease and leftover skincare. This fresh offering from Minenssey is enriched with chamomile and calendula to mitigate irritation and soothe the skin.

FRESH Kombucha Cleansing Treatment, $66. shop now

Trust Fresh to give us a new way to cleanse. This innovative launch is almost like a cleanser-treatment hybrid thanks to its high concentrations of prebiotic inulin designed to support the skin’s microbiome. Again, sweep this over the face with a cotton round until it comes off clean – you’ll feel soft, fresh and balanced.

Sisley PHYTO-BLANC LA MOUSSE, $180. shop now

Typically cleansers don’t do much in terms of treating the skin, but if you use this Sisley option properly, you’ll notice a clearer, brighter complexion overtime. It contains sunflower and camellia oils, plus niacinamine to nourish whilst gently brightening surface cells. The texture is also incredible: a rich, silky cream that bubbles ever so slightly when you add water. If you’re all for experiential cleansing, add to cart.

PAI SKINCARE Middlemist Seven Camellia & Rose Gentle Cream Cleanser, $69. shop now

Sensitive skin types will find relief by way of this creamy new formula from Pai. It’s an oil-rich cream, so you won’t be left with that tight, squeaky clean (in a bad way) feeling once you rinse. It’s best used on dry skin and removed gently with a warm cloth.

Kora Organics Milky Mushroom Gentle Cleansing Oil, $54. shop now

Mushroom is a buzz ingredient at the moment, and this oil cleanser emulsion has it in spades. Thought to soothe the skin, it’s rich in fatty acids, so you’ll be left soft, plump and radiant. Give this one a shake before using, and massage into dry skin for best results.