By Lyndsay Conway published
Forget liquid and gel cleansers, a powder version has hit the UK and is promising flawless skin...
Hot on the heels of the last Japanese trend to hit our shores (the 'double cleanse' made waves in the UK market - and our skincare routines - last year), comes a new product promising to shake us out of a skincare slump and transform our complexions for the better.
The powder cleanser has set the beauty industry alight with the promise of flawless texture and a smooth complexion. But how? A powder cleanser will give a better, deeper cleanse and a light exfoliation to gently resurface the skin every day. But there are so many more benefits to a powder cleanser than this.
More hygienic than a liquid cleanser and without the need for alcohol or preservatives, a powder cleanser is infinitely kinder to skin than a liquid version. Don't be put off by the granular texture of a powder cleanser - they are all gentle enough to use on any skin type, even easily irritated or acne-prone complexions.
They are great for travelling (no leaks) and easier to use - mix with water to create your desired consistency and intensity - and they are multitaskers, exfoliating as well as cleansing and often come with anti-ageing benefits. Powder cleansers minimise pores, moisturise skin and clear the complexion of imperfections. There really isn't much a powder cleanser won't be able to fix.
Sold? Now add one of these powder cleansers to your shopping trolley and be prepared to revolutionise your skincare routine...
DHC is the Japanese brand that introduced the UK to powder cleansers. Its version is simply called Washing Powder, £9.50, and uses a traditional Japanese forumla to deeply cleanse and exfoliate the skin. Gentle enough for any skin type, Washing Powder uses papaya extracts to lightly buff away dead skin cells and dirt for a bright and even texture.
Keep reading for even more super powder cleansers...
Givenchy One-Minute Glow Powder Daily Micropeeling, £29.50
An incredibly light and delicate version of the powder cleanser, the Givenchy One-Minute Glow Powder Daily Micropeeling removes dirt, cleans pores and refines the surface of the skin instantly. The talc-like texture leaves the skin smooth, soft and ready for flawless make-up application.
Diptyque Radiance Boosting Powder For The Face, £38
An anti-inflammatory, the Diptyque Radiance Boosting Powder For The Face is perfect for sensitive skin. Using natural white clay to purify the skin, removing all traces of dirt and make-up, this grainy powder transforms into a light foam when mixed with water. Powdered rose, jasmine, and neroli petals give a soft and subtle fragrance, in keeping with Diptyque's signature collections.
Indeed Labs Facial Powdered Exfoliator, £18.99
Using hyaluronic acid, bamboo extract, rice bran powder, pineapple enzymes and Okinawa red algae, the Indeed Labs Facial Powdered Exfoliator plumps the complexion for an instantly more youthful look. Promising to cover all our big anti-ageing concerns, from minimising pores to removing dead skin cells to promote cell renewal, we can confirm this powder cleanser will leave your skin the softest it's ever been.
bareMinerals Exfoliating Treatment Cleanser, £19
Looking for a multi-tasking product to save you time and money? The bareMinerals Exfoliating Treatment Cleanser is the one to invest in. A concentrated formula, which uses the bareMinerals 'ActiveSoil Complex' to promote skin renewal, it brightens and smoothes the skin for a more youthful look. Use daily to lightly buff and cleanse the skin, or twice a week as a deep exfoliation mask.
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, £41.75
Dermalogica is our go-to brand for problem skin. Whether you suffer from adult acne, rosacea or an uneven texture, the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant can improve your complexion. Papain, salicylic acid and rice enzymes clear the skin of imperfections for a noticeable improvement and a soothing blend of green tea, ginkgo and colloidal oatmeal calm irritated skin and an inflamed texture.
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