Raise your hand if you’ve ever splurged on a serum, booster or treatment, because let’s face it: we’re all guilty of it on multiple counts. With the upsurge of fancy formulas and growing trend of multi-step regimens, it’s easy to forget the very foundation of flawless skin: a good, reliable facial wash.

WHY YOU NEED IT


To put it simply: cleansing is the most crucial step of your skincare routine. An effective lather lifts off dirt and impurities, eliminates acne-causing bacteria, and ensures that you’re left with a spotless canvas to work with. Sure, acne solutions and fancy serums do wonders. But clean skin is what allows your products to fully absorb and work the way they were designed to. Apply skincare onto grimy skin and you may as well have not done anything at all.

HOW TO USE IT


For a truly effective cleansing routine, double-cleansing is always the way to go. (Yes, even if you don’t wear makeup.) Make sure to precede your facial wash with an oil-based makeup remover of your choice—be it a cleansing oil, balm, micellar water, or even good ‘ol makeup wipes! Once you’ve rinsed off the residue, then follow it up with a facial wash. Simply dispense a pea-sized amount onto your palms, mix it with water, and lather it onto your skin. Finally, rinse it off with cold or lukewarm water.

PRO TIP: For a more thorough cleanse, massage the cleanser into your skin using a moist konjac sponge. It’ll create a richer lather and provide gentle exfoliation.

OUR RECOMMENDATIONS


Now, finding the right facial wash can be a bit of challenge—especially when you’ve got troubled skin that just won’t quit. Thankfully, the beauty experts over at SKIN by John Robert Powers have devoted rigorous hours to studying, researching, and crafting top-of-the-line lathers. We’ve rounded up two of their stellar skin solutions that’ll get your routine off on the right foot, and pave your way to a crystal-clear complexion.

BEST FOR: CLEARING ACNE AND CLOGGED PORES WE LOVE: Clarifying and Deep-Cleansing Facial Wash, now on sale at P207 (limited time only)

When it comes to cleansing, you want to remove two things: surface bacteria and pore-clogging dirt. This luxurious skin conditioner banishes both! It’s jam-packed with antioxidants and enriched with acerola extract—a botanical active known to boost collagen production, increase elastin levels, and protect the skin against environmental stressors.

Plus, when we say it’s deep-cleansing, we mean it in every sense of the word. It digs deep within the pores to lift away grime and other unwanted toxins. The result? Youthful, luminous skin that’s clean inside and out. Best for oily skin types!

Shop it right here.

BEST FOR: FADING DARK SPOTS AND DISCOLORATION Brightening Facial Wash, now on sale at P207 (limited time only)

Removing impurities is the first step to clear skin. But after that, your next priority should be to correct dark spots and hyperpigmentation, which dull the complexion and settle deeper into your skin the longer you wait to treat them. Our word of advice: try this creamy, brightening lather! Formulated with hydrolyzed milk protein and allantoin, it restores the skin’s moisture barrier, evens out discoloration, and boosts vitality.

And if you’re in a bit of a pimply patch, this formula is designed to reduce and prevent breakouts at the same time. Its topmost secret compound is niacinamide (A.K.A. vitamin B3), which works in tandem with the rest of its superstar ingredients to create a visible glow.

Shop it here.

Don’t forget to grab an oil cleanser with that!

Photos by Kathy Austria.

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