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5 new cult cleansers to spring clean your ritual

Verity Douglas
Writer and expert5 years ago
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It's not just your home that deserves a spring clean - treat your complexion to one of these new cleansing heroes. The dusters and Dysons of any regime, clear away cobwebs and get your face sparkling thanks to our fresh crop of polishing, dirt-busting balms, gels and bars. Your face will be grateful (and you will be equally thrilled)...

The A-List's go-to dermatological guru (who hasn't heard of her signature Vampire Facial?), Dr. Barbara Sturm has developed a line that's specifically tailored to those with deep skin tones. Created in collaboration with Golden Globe-winning actress Angela Bassett, the gentle {Enzyme Cleanser} combines state-of-the-art scientific advances with natural active ingredients, to combat hyperpigmentation and help support skin's vibrancy - cleansing and 'peeling' while feeding the skin with glow-giving (free radical-fighting) vitamin C.

A soap bar but not as you know it, Joanna Vargas' {Miracle Bar} is as impressive as its name implies. You'll find this black (and stylishly embossed) savon in countless A-List bathrooms - worshipped for its glow-bestowing (grime-extracting) brilliance. With charcoal to clarify, elasticity-boosting bamboo powder, conditioning olive oil and a cocktail of vitamins, minerals, proteins and essential fatty acids to accelerate repair and bolster barrier function, discover the simple delights of this cutting-edge option.

Great for lazy laydeez (we're not judging), Milk Makeup's convenient twist-up {Matcha Cleanser} melts your make up, dirt and grime and you will barely have to lift a finger. Ideal for those who favour the low-maintenance approach, you simply twist the product up, apply directly to your (make up-free!) face, then use your dampened fingertips to purge your pores and get the daily gunk off. Gently foaming, the solid oil emulsifies with water to create the lightest lather (it's completely non-drying), which leaves a peachy-soft (and pristine clean) complexion in its wake - perfect for gym-goers, jet setters and those who need to hit their pillow, stat.

Not strictly speaking a cleanser, Pixi's {In-Shower Steam Facial} works incredibly hard while your brain does its daily list-making, existential questioning and problem-solving exercises. A gel-to-oil formula, this gently heats up while you wash your head, shoulders and toes, infusing your face with its power-packed cocktail of 'lifting' acacia collagen, firming peptides and balancing lavender extracts (it also smells heavenly). Believe us, it's the best thing to help you wake up and get GLOWING.

A sell-out success when it launched, Drunk Elephant's latest arrival caused chaos at checkout. Housed in an emerald pot with a matching (and magnetic!) spatula, the {Makeup Melting Butter Cleanser} came to SLAAI! Suitably gentle for sensitive eyes, this swiftly eliminates every last trace of the day - from pollution to sunscreen, foundation to long-wear lip lacquer - this blend of skin-nourishing African oils (a cocktail of baobab, marula, Kalahari melon and mongongo), leaves skin spotlessly clean and protected. Plus, the generous side of 'Bamboo Booster' is the perfect 'seasoning' - transforming your balm to a physical polish whenever you face needs a good going-over.

Verity Douglas
Writer and expert
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Cult Beauty’s Content Editor and a Cult Beauty OG, Verity loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm. A quintessential Libran, she’s a self-professed magpie for luxury ‘must-haves' and always pursuing the new and the niche — from the boujee-est skin care to cutting-edge tech. Balancing an urge to stop the clock with her desire to embrace the ageing process (and set a positive example for her daughter), Verity's a retinol obsessive and will gladly share her thoughts about the time-defying gadgets, masks and treatments worth the splurge...