Facial Cleansers: Ratings of Sources
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by Paula Begoun
Our AssessmentIn this excellent database, skin-care expert Paula Begoun reviews a multitude of products from more than 200 makeup and skin-care lines. Begoun, who includes medical journals, cosmetic industry reports and the Food and Drug Administration among her research sources, provides comprehensive information on the common ingredients found in cleansers and other skin products. In her reviews, she discusses effectiveness, possible risks (e.g., skin irritation) and value. She lists dozens of picks for every skin type. In fact, Begoun has reviewed nearly all of the products covered by other reviewers, making her website a great cross-reference. Given its scope, the site may be overkill for someone who simply wants to learn about skin cleansers; in general, though, it's an excellent resource for regular users of cosmetic products. Several of Begoun's reviews can also be found on her alternate website (CosmeticsCop.com) and in her book, "Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me."
Best of Beauty 2010: Skin Care
by Editors of Allure magazine
Our AssessmentAllure magazine editors, along with cosmetics chemists and dermatologists, test thousands of beauty products and choose 190 as the best in their categories. Cleansers are also tested to find the best on the market. This year's winners include products from Aveeno, Origins, Olay, Pond's, Neutrogena and L'Oreal.
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentIn this dated report, ConsumerReports.org editors test nine facial cleansers on a group of 25 men and women. Foaming cleansers, disposable pads and one cold cream are tested for cleaning ability, ease of application and convenience. The majority of the cleansers are perceived as being either excellent or very good at cleaning. Only two of them rate poorly. Editors suggest that consumers purchase cleansers designed for their particular skin type and that they consider fragrances and textures that are appealing to them. Several of the cleansers reviewed here, however, have been discontinued.
America's Healthiest Buys -- Best Beauty Buys
by Editors of Health magazine
Our AssessmentEditors of Health magazine, along with a panel of dermatologists, test new beauty products for their annual beauty awards. Sixteen beauty products make the list, each with a brief description, but judging criteria aren't clear. Olay Professional Pro-X Exfoliating Renewal Cleanser is the only facial cleanser to make the cut. Non-winning products aren't mentioned.
Best Beauty Buys 2011: Skin
by Editors of InStyle magazine
Our AssessmentInStyle magazine editors list top beauty picks based on the favorites of industry experts. The winning cleansers are categorized by skin type and a brief description is given for each. Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser is chosen for normal skin types, while Neutrogena Oil-Free Face Wash is suggested for acne-prone skin. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser and Aveda Green Science Perfecting Cleanser also make the list. Winners from the 2010 awards can be viewed in the online slideshow and include products from CeraVe, Purpose, Dr. Brandt and Neutrogena.
Shape of Beauty Awards 2010: Creams and Cleansers
by Editors of Shape magazine
Our AssessmentThis is the seventh consecutive year in which Shape magazine rates beauty products. The magazine says more than 3,000 readers, along with Shape staff, tested and weighed in on beauty products in several categories. Each category includes picks in both the drugstore and higher-end price ranges. Clean & Clear Advantage 3-in-1 Foaming Acne Wash and Kinerase Photo-Facials Daily Exfoliating Cleanser earn the top ratings in the facial cleansers category.
8 Standout Face Cleansers for Radiant Skin
by Sarah Smith
Our AssessmentMore than 100 facial cleansers are tested by the editors of Real Simple magazine. Eight winners are chosen in several categories, including sensitive, dry and oily skin types. Natural, no-rinse and exfoliating cleansers also make the list. Aveeno Positively Radiant Makeup Removing Cleanser (which has since been discontinued) is chosen as the Best All-Around, while L'Oreal Paris Go 360 Clean makes the list as Most Innovative. Other winning cleansers include products from Lather, Origins, Vichy, Skin Effects by Dr. Jeffrey Dover, Carol's Daughter and Noxzema. The judging criteria are unclear as is the number of testers used, and the cleansers that fail to make the cut aren't identified.
2011 Beauty Awards: Winners
by Editors of CEW.org
Our AssessmentCosmetic Executive Women (CEW) lists their 2011 Beauty Award winners. Products are chosen by a group of voters that consists of CEW members, industry professionals and beauty experts. CEW.org says the Beauty Award is "the beauty industry's highest honor" and is given to "the most innovative beauty products of the year." Most categories for the award include bath and body, facial skincare and makeup. Each category has several subcategories, with both high- and low-priced winners. Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Cleansing Foam is the only cleanser to make the list.
Five Best Facial Cleansers 2011
Our AssessmentEditors of TruthInAging.com, a beauty website that reviews products based on efficacy and ingredients, evaluate beauty products based on their ingredient lists. Products deemed safe are then tested to determine efficacy, ease of use and possible side effects. Only those that are safe and live up to their claims are recommended. This article by an anonymous reviewer lists five facial cleansers, all of which use natural or organic ingredients.
2010 Healthy Beauty Awards: 20 Ways to Get Perfect Skin
by Editors of Self magazine
Our AssessmentSelf magazine polls readers to find the best new beauty products of 2010. Several hair, skin, sun, makeup and body products are included. Olay Professional Pro-X Restorative Cream Cleanser and Chanel Mousse Exfoliante Purete Exfoliating Cleansing Foam are the only cleansers to make the list.
Best Budget-Friendly Facial Cleansers
by Lori Bergamotto
Our AssessmentFour facial cleansers are listed as Real Simple magazine readers' favorites. Cleansers from Vichy, Phisoderm, Cetaphil and Olay are chosen for each of the dry, oily, sensitive and mature skin categories. It's not clear how many readers were involved in testing or how many products were tested.
Daily Beauty Reporter: The Fastest Ways to Get Clean Skin
by Amy Keller Laird
Our AssessmentIn this brief article, Allure staffers discuss their favorite cleansing wipes. Editors say they're a perfectly acceptable alternative to traditional foaming cleansers, especially when you're too tired to bother with washing your face.
2011 TotalBeauty.com Awards: Face & Body
by Editors of TotalBeauty.com
Our AssessmentFor their annual beauty awards, TotalBeauty.com editors test new-to-market beauty products and list the best as Rising Star Editors' Picks. Readers also weigh in with their favorites to choose the Readers' Choice winners. Two facial cleansers make the list: Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser and Amala Soothing Cream Cleanser. Testing methods and judging criteria are not clear, however.
Skincare: Face: Cleansers
by Contributors to MakeupAlley.com
Our AssessmentHundreds of facial cleansers are reviewed by members of this website. Product reviews can be sorted in a multitude of ways, making it easy for users to find the highest consumer-rated products as well as those that are reviewed most often. Some products receive hundreds of reviews, while others receive only a few. Among those with many reviews, cleansers from Fancl, MAC, Alpha Hydrox, DHC, Paula's Choice, Purpose and Pond's receive the highest ratings. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser and Philosophy Purity Made Simple each receive thousands of reviews, with above average ratings as well.
Product Reviews: Face: Cleanser
by Contributors to TotalBeauty.com
Our AssessmentEditors and users review more than 1,000 facial cleansers at TotalBeauty.com and give them ratings of one to 10 stars. Top user-rated cleansers include Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser, Clinique Liquid Facial Soap, Olay Foaming Face Wash and Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser.
Facial Cleansers -- Skin Care Product Reviews
by Jen Adkins
Our AssessmentJen Adkins, About.com's guide to skin care, reviews 30 facial cleansers, giving each a rating of one to five stars. Each cleanser is given a thorough description with pros and cons. Top-rated products include cleansers from Bare Escentuals, Yes to Cucumbers, Lush, L'Oreal and Garnier Nutritioniste, among others. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Best Cleansers for Every Skin Type
by Julyne Derrick
Our AssessmentAbout.com's beauty guide, Julyne Derrick, offers facial cleanser recommendations for every skin type. Ten cleansers are included, each with a short paragraph describing its benefits, but with no ratings or comparisons to other cleansers and no mention of any testing. Cetaphil, Purpose, Pond's, Boscia, Olay, Neutrogena, Clinique, BeeCeuticals, Philosophy and Dr. Hauschka cleansers make the list. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Skin Care: Cleansers
by Contributors to Drugstore.com
Our AssessmentConsumers can read and post reviews for products sold at Drugstore.com, which include several personal-care items. Most facial cleansers listed are reviewed at least once, but a few are reviewed upward of 100 times. Of those reviewed the most, Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser, Basis Cleaner Clean Face Wash, Alpha Hydrox Foaming Face Wash and CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser rate the highest.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com lists more than 6,000 facial cleansers for sale, but most only receive a handful of reviews, if any. Cleansers from Neutrogena, Cetaphil, Philosophy, Olay, Dermalogica and Desert Essence rate the highest.
Skin Care ( Cleansing ): Facial Cleanser
by Editors of CosmeticsDatabase.com
Our AssessmentThis website, sponsored by the Environmental Working Group, lists thousands of beauty products and gives them a hazard score. Products with a score of 0 to 2 are considered a low hazard, 3 to 6 a moderate hazard and 7 to 10 a high hazard. Each product has its own page with a listing of the hazards that its ingredients are linked to, such as cancer, reproductive problems and allergies. In addition to listing hazardous ingredients, the website also states whether or not a company engages in animal testing. There are more than 1,600 cleansers listed, most of which have moderate hazard scores. Although this site is very informative, it does not consider the effectiveness of any products that it rates, and it does not consider the likelihood of skin irritations. Still, this is an interesting reference source.
Review: pHisoderm Anti- Blemish Gel Facial Wash
Our AssessmentFoxyVoxy.com, a beauty blog geared toward women in academia, reviews pHisoderm Anti-Blemish Gel Facial Wash. Blogger "Voxy" says the cleanser compares favorably to her favorite cleanser from Dermalogica, one that cost three times as much. She says pHisoderm removes all traces of dirt and makeup and leaves her skin soft and smooth.