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best cleansers for summer skin

The heat and humidity of summer can leave even drier skins craving the freshness of fresh lightweight cleansers. This Alex Edit takes you through some of my favourite cleansers for summer skin – ones to refresh, soothe and replenish. These aren’t makeup removers but either to be used on bare skin or as a second cleanse. Offering options to refresh summer skin or, if you have an oily complexion, ones you can reach for throughout the seasons. 

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best cleansers for summer skin

Jordan Samuel The Matinee Gel Cleanser*

Jordan is so passionate about skin and you can always expect brilliant, effective skincare from him. This non-foaming gel cleanser with salicylic acid deeply cleans out the pores. It offers a refreshing daily cleanse without stripping the skin. Perfect during hot weather and for oily/acne prone skins.

iS Clinical Cleansing Complex*

One of my everyday favourites that I love reaching for during the summer but also when my skin needs a refreshing yet gentle cleanse.A genius, low-foaming cleanser packed with a powerful antioxidant blend and glycolic and salicylic acids in low percentages to deeply cleanse pores and revive my complexion. A staple in my skincare arsenal and despite the inclusion of acids, works well for sensitive skins.

Summer Fridays Amino Gel Cleanser*

As far as refreshing summer cleansers go, this is a winner for daily cleansing. A gentle, lightweight gel packed with a blend of 11 different types of amino acids and mineral rich seawater to leave skin feeling soothed, replenished and refreshed. Despite being a gel, you can really massage this into the skin with its non-drying and gentle lather.

Royal Fern Phyto Active Cleansing Balm*

With a super lightweight texture, you get the benefits of massaging in a balm cleanser to cleanse off makeup and sunscreen but without that heavy feeling richer cleansing balms give. The texture actually feels like you’re massaging a thick serum into the skin which is refreshing and soothing. It’s packed with antioxidants and humectants so if you’re in need of a nourishing yet lightweight summer cleanser, this is a winner.

best cleansers for summer skin

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser*

You can’t go wrong with this classic Kiehl’s cleanser. A very mild liquid that gently cleanses the skin without stripping it or leaving it feeling tight. Formulated for all skin types, this is a brilliant back to basics, stripped back skincare pick.

Augustinus Bader The Cream Cleansing Gel*

A brilliant cleanser for daily use. It has a gentle lather and feels fresh, comfortable and nourishing on the skin. Formulated with their signature TFC8 complex, this is an amino acid rich cleanser that rejuvenates stressed city skin. 

Adaptology Red Avert Cleanser*

This gorgeous gel-balm to milk cleanser is packed with soothing ingredients such as seaweed and blue tansy (which gives it it’s beautiful colour and scent). Perfect for red, sensitive and reactive skin to protect and repair the skin barrier. 

Omorovicza Gentle Buffing Gelee*

New from one of my favourite brands, Omorovicza. A super gentle exfoliating cleanser with  a lightweight gel texture that transforms into a creamy lather. As a second cleanse, this feels so good to renew skin that’s had sunscreen and been subject to city pollution. It buffs away at the skin’s surface to reveal a fresh, polished and rejuvenated finish.

Browse more of the summer skin edit with my top lightweight moisturisers for hot weather and best facial sunscreens.