Uses for Cleanser Other Than Face Wash
The best facial cleanser is the first and most important step of our skincare routines. But, a
cleanser can do so much more than just ‘wash your face’.
Cleansers work hard removing dirt, debris, sunscreen, pollution and traces of make-up. Even if
you go bare faced during the day, we’re exposed to all of those which are the main culprits for
clogging up pores.
A cleanser will clean the surface of your skin and allow the other products you use to work more
effectively. If your skin isn’t clear from dirt, your other products simply won’t work.
Through improvisation, and laziness (definitely a helping of that) I’ve found even more purposes
for my cleansers to really make the most of them.
We all know that feeling- we’ve gone away for the weekend and forgotten to pack make-up
remover. Or a breakout emerges and you didn’t bring any spot treatment.
These are some helpful tips for those situations and general hacks you might not have thought
to use cleanser for.
A great trick I like to use when my skin is feeling quite dry or I just want a boost of hydration, is
to leave my cleanser on for longer.
This works best with a buttery or creamy texture or balm. Just apply it all over to dry skin and
leave for about 5-10 minutes before washing off with water.
You’ll be surprised at the results from something so simple. I find it really sorts dryness out so
quickly and a dream for prepping my skin for make-up.
Clay cleansers are also ideal for this. They have the ability to get a really deep clean to
decongest pores and absorb any excess oil.
So, if you have any problem areas and perhaps ran out of your masks or just need a swift
helping hand- this is a trick you’ll return to.
Again, just apply like you would a mask. Not to forget, you won’t get the exact same results as a
mask. But it’s a fab alternative when a mask isn’t always possible.
Try: Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel: £35 and Ren ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay
According to the NHS , over half of people with acne experience breakouts on their back and
15% of those find their chest a problem area too.
Your back, like your face, also has sebaceous glands which can cause oiliness. Back spots
could be the result of dead skin cells and oil within the pores, with sports and sweat also
A salicylic acid based face wash is perfect to use all over the body and can help with just this.
Just use it exactly as you would your normal body wash.
Try: The Inkey List Salicylic Acid Cleanser: £10.99
An obvious one, I know. And definitely no ‘secret’. But the amount of those out there still using
wipes is bewildering.
Cleansers have larger sized molecules, so they bond with dirt. Perfect for melting away layers of
make-up and SPF.
It’s no surprise to see double cleansing has rocketed in popularity in the past 5 years.
You don’t need two different cleansers- you can just use the same one for both. There’s few
things more annoying than getting in from a long day or late night, and having to start a gazillion
An oil based cleanser is best at dissolving waterproof make-up and mascara. So don’t
underestimate a cleanser that isn’t necessarily marketed as a make-up remover and be afraid to
Try: The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser: £5.50 or Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser:
Clean make-up brushes
You know you’ve had a productive day if you’ve cleaned your make-up brushes.
It doesn’t need to be a big chore either, and you definitely don’t need to be buying specific brush
cleaners. Just use what you already have at home.
A facial wash can absolutely work to remove the make-up and debris covering your brushes and
sponges. It won’t damage them either.
Just like applying serum to an uncleansed face, dirty brushes don’t work half as much as clean
The build up of product can cause germs and contaminations, which- you guessed it, transfers
to your face. Your tools are in constant contact with dirt and oil on your face.
To clean your make-up brushes, wet them with warm water and dispense some cleanser into
your hand. Then, swirl the bristles in your hand to loosen the dirt. Once they’re foaming, they’re
ready to be rinsed off under the water.
Just keep repeating until your brushes are their original colour and all make-up is removed. Try
brushing them on a clean cloth to see how clean they are and lay them down to dry.
Sponges are the same; just wet your sponge and lather with your cleanser and rinse. Squeeze
the water out and repeat if you need, before laying to dry on the towel.
Try: Versed Wash It Out Gel Cleanser: £12