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Facial Cleansers: Ratings of Sources

Total of 23 Sources
1. PaulasChoice.com
As of December 2012
Beautypedia Reviews: Cleansers
by Paula Begoun
Our AssessmentIn this excellent database, skin-care expert Paula Begoun reviews thousands of skin-care and makeup products from a multitude of 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.
2. Allure
October 2012
Best of Beauty 2012 Award Winners
by Editors of Allure magazine
Our AssessmentAllure magazine editors, along with cosmetics chemists and dermatologists, test thousands of beauty products and choose 245 as the best in their categories. Cleansers are also tested to find the best on the market. This year's winners include products from L'Oréal, Clinique, Aveeno, Pond's, Simple, Yes to Cucumbers, and Kiehl's.
3. ConsumerReports.org
September 2007
Facial Cleansers: Choices Abound
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, with consideration of fragrances and textures. Several of the cleansers reviewed here, however, have been discontinued.
4. Health Magazine
June 2012
Health's Beauty Awards 2012: Face
by Diana Cerqueira and Rozalynn S. Frazier
Our AssessmentEditors of Health magazine, along with a panel of dermatologists, test new beauty products for their annual beauty awards. Thirty-five beauty products make the list, each with a brief description, but judging criteria aren't clear. Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash is the only facial cleanser to make the cut. Non-winning products aren't mentioned.
5. InStyle
April 2012
Best Beauty Buys 2012: 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 oily skin. Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser and CeraVe Hydrating Skin Cleanser also make the list. Winners from previous years can also be viewed in the online slideshow.
6. Shape magazine
September 2012
The 2012 Shape Beauty Awards
by Amber Kallor
Our AssessmentThis is the ninth consecutive year in which Shape magazine rates beauty products. The magazine says readers, along with Shape staff, tested and weighed in on beauty products in several categories. Winners include picks in both the drugstore and higher-end price ranges. Perricone MD Hypoallergenic Gentle Cleanser and Olay Professional Pro-X Clear Pore Clarifying Cleanser earn the top ratings in the facial cleansers category.
7. Real Simple
May 2010
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. Winning cleansers include products from Lather, Olay, 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.
8. CEW.org
Not dated
2012 Beauty Awards: Winners
by Editors of CEW.org
Our AssessmentCosmetic Executive Women (CEW) Beauty Award winners are chosen by CEW members, industry professionals and beauty experts. CEW.org says the 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. Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser is the only cleanser to make the list.
9. TruthInAging.com
March 5, 2012
Five Best Cleansers 2012
by "Marta"
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 lists five facial cleansers, all of which use natural or organic ingredients.
10. Self Magazine
May 2012
Healthy Beauty Awards: Face
by Editors of Self magazine
Our AssessmentSelf magazine polls readers to find the best new beauty products of 2012. Several hair, skin, sun, makeup, and body products are included. Cleansers from Cetaphil, Burt's Bees, Clean & Clear, and Physician's Formula make the list.
11. Real Simple
Not Dated
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 breakout-prone skin categories. It's not clear how many readers were involved in testing or how many products were tested.
12. TotalBeauty.com
Not Dated
2012 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. Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser makes the list of Readers' Choice winners for the third consecutive year while Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser makes the list of Editors' Picks. Exfoliating facial scrubs are also listed. Testing methods and judging criteria are not clear, however.
13. Allure
Jan. 7, 2010
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.
14. Beautylish.com
May 26, 2011
How Often Should You Scrub Your Face?
by Editors of Beautylish.com
Our AssessmentA dermatologist gives his recommendations for different formulas of facial scrubs on Beautylish.com, a beauty blog, but it isn't clear if any of the products were tested. Along with his recommendations, the doctor offers tips on exfoliating.
15. BeautyBets.com
Feb. 8, 2012
Best Natural Facial Cleansers Under $10
by Meghan McAndrews
Our AssessmentBeautyBets.com, a beauty-product review blog, says it is possible to find good, natural facial cleansers for an affordable price. Three formulas from Neutrogena, Yes to, and Desert Essence are recommended. Suggestions are based on ingredients, and it isn't clear if they were tested.
16. MakeupAlley.com
As of February 2013
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, Alpha Hydrox, DHC, Paula's Choice, and Philosophy receive the highest ratings. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser and Philosophy Purity Made Simple each receive thousands of reviews, with above average ratings as well.
17. About.com
Not dated
Facial Cleansers - Skin Care Product Reviews
by Jen Adkins and Mary-Ellen Kramer
Our AssessmentJen Adkins and Mary-Ellen Kramer, About.com's guides to skin care, review 37 facial cleansers, giving each a rating of 1 to 5 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'Oréal, and Garnier, among others.
18. About.com
Not Dated
Best Cleansers for Every Skin Type
by Julyne Derrick
Our AssessmentJulyne Derrick, About.com's beauty guide, offers facial cleanser recommendations for every skin type. Eleven 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.
19. Drugstore.com
As of February 2013
by Contributors to Drugstore.com
Our AssessmentConsumers can read and post reviews for products sold at Drugstore.com. A few facial cleansers are reviewed upwards 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.
20. Amazon.com
As of February 2013
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com lists more than 650 facial cleansers for sale, but most only receive a handful of user reviews, if any. Cleansers from Cetaphil, Philosophy, Olay, CeraVe, and Simple rate the highest.
21. Good Housekeeping
January 2012
New Way to Wash Your Face
by Editors of Good Housekeeping
Our AssessmentGood Housekeeping discusses the emerging trend of cleansing skin with oils. Experts say that although it seems counterintuitive, oils bind with oils in skin and makeup making it easier to break down and cleanse. Editors recommend three formulas but don't say if they tested them.
22. Cosmetics Database.com
As of December 2012
Skin Deep Cosmetics Database: Facial Cleanser
by Editors of Cosmetics Database
Our AssessmentThis website, sponsored by Environmental Working Group, lists thousands of beauty products and gives them a hazard score. 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. Nearly 3,000 cleansers are 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.
23. FoxyVoxy.com
Nov. 24, 2009
Review: Phisoderm Anti-Blemish Gel Facial Wash
by Voxy
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 costs three times as much. She says Phisoderm removes all traces of dirt and makeup and leaves her skin soft and smooth.
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