beauty, skincare

My Cleansers, Reviewed

glossier milky jelly cleanser, first aid beauty cleanser

Here’s the next installment to my skincare products post (read the makeup removers post here): cleansers! I’m not very picky when it comes to cleansers. For the longest time, I lived off my mom’s and sister’s, even though their skin types are totally different from mine! I don’t need my cleansers to do a lot besides actually cleansing my face (to be fair, my face is fairly non-problematic) so I look for something that’s effective without making my wallet cry too much.

First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay

I tried a little sample of this a long time ago and was a bit skeptical since it’s described for oily skin – which I definitely don’t have! It worked for me anyway (no adverse effects despite it not being for my skin type at all) and I decided to get the full size. This cleanser is rather pretty, being a soft red (not pink!) with little shimmers in them. I bought it a few years ago and I’ve since moved on to bigger and better cleansers (aka Glossier Milky Jelly, which I’ll be talking about later in this post). It’s still good though, so I’m trying to use it up.

First Aid Beauty Pure Skin Face Cleanser

This was one of the first cleansers I tried, and I loved it. I’m sure I’ve repurchased this one once or twice, but then I realized it’s actually pretty similar to the CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser, which my sister was using and left behind before she went back to Ohio. CeraVe is loads cheaper than First Aid Beauty, and it comes with a pump which makes it so much easier to use. Both this and the Deep Cleanser with Red Clay are great as a follow up to my oil and balm cleansers, but once these are used up I’m going back to CeraVe!

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser

My favorite daily cleanser! It made an appearance in my Current Skincare Routine post from almost a year ago, and it’s still present in my skincare today. Milky Jelly Cleanser is my everyday go-to when I don’t need anything tough. It’s super gentle on the skin, and smells faintly of rosewater. Glossier claims that it takes makeup off, but I digress – it works to remove light makeup, and anything heavier will linger.

What are the cleansers you’re currently using?

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  • I will pick up the Cerave foaming cleanser soon, I am trying to revisit the drugstore brands especially for cleansers so thank you for the recommendation, Becky!

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

    • Yeah, the drugstore is so underrated! A lot of what sells me is packaging, which drugstore unfortunately lacks so I usually go for higher end brands. But there’s tons of little gems in the drugstore, too!

  • I used to be use the CeraVe foaming and hydrating cleansers, and I think they’re amazing for the price, but…I get bored of them so quickly! Right now I’m loving the Milky Jelly Cleanser but may go back to the Cerave Hydrating Cleanser soon as it’s just so affordable!

    Jenny | Geeky Posh

    • I get what you mean! I think it’s the packaging for me – I love anything with good packaging, and good packaging is definitely a selling point for me. I guess I like looking at pretty things :p Sometimes I put drugstore things into an empty container to make it prettier/take up less space to fool myself hahaha~

  • I think I’ve tried a delux size of the FAB pure skin cleanser before and I remember liking it!!

    • FAB to me is pretty basic, but it works so well!

  • I just finished the MJC and using the REN cleanser for sensitive skin, I like how light it is 🙂 I have a bunch of other cleansers I’ve yet to try, including some I have bought from Japan when I went in summer!

    Cherie ✿

    • REN has some pretty neat skincare stuff – I’ve only tried deluxe samples of what they have, and I’ve always liked everything I tried. The only thing that’s holding me back is the price unfortunately! Good on you for waiting to use those cleansers up, I’m the kind that’ll open everything and try a new thing every day out of excitement LOL

  • the first FAB cleanser got me interested! i have combination-sensitive skin and i love trying out deep cleansing face wash targeted to reduce T-zone sebum and cleanse the pores.

    i’m currently using the cosrx low ph gel cleanser and innisfree jeju volcanic pore cleanser (got it as a sample) but i don’t use the latter as much – i think it broke me out but i might be wrong. also, since i’m trying to practice the low ph skincare regime, the jeju volcanic cleanser isn’t ideal. the cosrx one, however, is lovely ♥ it doesn’t break me out, makes my face feels squeaky clean (i usually hate it when face wash doesn’t make me feel squeaky clean because like, is my face clean yet!? but i’m trying to accept it since squeaky clean face usually means the face wash is kind of harsh(?) i’m not sure) i use the hada labo gokujyun ultimate moisturizing face wash too from time to time if i feel like my T-zone has that sandpaper texture (from using azelaic acid suspension)

    p.s: you make me wanna write a blog post about my cleansers (and other skincare products) too! but would that look like i’m copying? xD

    • Get a sample if you can! I don’t know how it *actually* works on oily skin cause I don’t have it, but it works like a regular cleanser for my dry skin. But then again, my skin doesn’t really seem to care too much about what I use, so I go for what feels good.

      You’ve got me interested in low-ph skincare too! I thought it was bs at first since it washes off, but maybe it makes more sense for the things that stay on the skin? I’ve heard that’s why apple cider vinegar is so good for the skin, cause it’s acidic. I don’t like squeaky clean cleansers cause I think it means they’re harsh/stripping the skin of everything too.

      Go ahead for the cleansers/skincare post(s)! I’m sure tons of people have done something similar 🙂 You’re so sweet and considerate for asking even though I think it’s not needed!!

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  • Sam

    I have mostly non-problematic skin as well, but I get so wrapped up in cleansers! Which is kind of terrible, because I’d probably be totally fine with a nice, drugstore one, but I want to be fancy, lol. I have a quarter left on my milky jelly cleanser, and I’m going to be so sad when it’s gone! However, that will leave room for a few I want to try, one being krave beauty’s matcha hemp cleanser. It sounds super interesting, and at $16 it’s really not a bad price.

    Sam / My Beauty Cloud

    • That matcha hemp cleanser sounds so nice! They definitely know how to market it. Despite what I’m using right now though, I don’t really like tube packaging cause I have to use both hands and open/close it, lol. I’m the same, I like being fancy too! Especially in the packaging, I swear 50% of my reason goes towards the packaging for a ~better experience~

  • I agree, the glossier milky jelly cleanser is not great for removing makeup. I also think the scent is quite strong but it is really gentle and hydrating.

    Vanessa x |

    • Funny, I think the scent is just perfect! But maybe that’s because I like rose scents, haha.

  • The more I read about the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser, the more I want to get it. I don’t really mind if it doesn’t remove heavy makeup, since I tend to remove with makeup wipes and Micellar Water anyway.

    with love, Bash   |   HEY BASH

    • That’s exactly what I do for taking my everyday makeup off! I hope a popup comes up soon near you in the UK – having to buy products online without being able to test them out can be so off-putting.

  • I’m really interested in trying the Milky Jelly Cleanser. I have sensitive skin and love the First Aid Beauty one, but I love trying out new skincare!

    Renae |

    • I wish they had more stores/pop up locations! Glossier is definitely something that I feel like people would want to try out before purchasing, especially since they’re mostly available online.

  • I know everyone in the world who’s tried it is on the same page about MJC being amazing, but I’m just gonna say it again cause it’s true, haha. It’s one of my all-time fave cleansers as well because it’s not too expensive and it does everything I need it to, so I can’t fault it!

    • It is! I just love everything about it. I don’t think I’ve met anyone who doesn’t like MJC before!

  • Emily

    I definitely want to try out Glossier (I’ll admit I’ve not even held one of their products!) and the Milky Jelly Cleanser is top of my list, simply from the amount of people raving about it!

    Musings & More

    • That needs to change! Hopefully they’ll have a pop-up store near you – they recently expanded their shipping into the UK but I know it’s a bit daunting when you’re buying something online that you haven’t been able to try in person yet.

  • I know what you mean when it comes to not wanting anything too fancy for a cleanser! My go-to is a brand called good things, and its from their manuka honey range. I’ve recently got my hands on a philosophy one though and i have to admit I’ve been loving it!

    Iqra | The Blushing Giraffe x

  • I think I’m allergic to First Aid Beauty’s cleanser 🙁 I got a really a kit (with their cleanser, pads and moisturiser) and sadly I couldn’t use it more than once or twice. My skin became super dry and broke out 🙁

    But I have to say, I’ve been really curious about Glossier! I’ve been thinking about asking a relative to get it for me from the UK!

    Take care!