Unless you have an unlimited beauty war chest, compiling a collection of skincare products that work for you involves thoughtful curation. Knowing when to splurge (serums) and where to save (facial cleansers) is your first step toward achieving radiant skin that doesn't break the bank. These 7 drugstore facial cleansers--all of which cost $15 or less--boast amazing reviews and won't drain your checking account. What more can you ask for?
Olay 4-in-1 Daily Facial Cloths
With an 8.9 out of 10 rating on Total Beauty, Olay 4-in-1 Daily Facial Cloths are a favorite for busy beauty mavens who want a cleansing cloth that can both remove makeup in an instant and rid their faces of dirt and oil. Customers with normal to dry skin say these can remove every trace of even the heaviest of makeup applications without leaving skin feeling tight and irritated.
Olay 4-in-1 Daily Facial Cloths ($6.99)
Basis Cleaner Clean Face Wash
Boasting a fresh, clean scent, Basis Cleaner Clean Face Wash removes makeup and oil so well that Total Beauty customers gave it an overall 9/10 rating. Despite being soap-free, this product provides a satisfying lather and works on all skin types--from dry to combination to oily. One odd comment that popped up a few times: this cleanser left some users faces feeling "fuzzy," perhaps as a result of its cucumber extract.
Basis Cleaner Clean Face Wash ($6.93)
The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash
Combining tea tree oil, tamanu oil and lemon tree oil, The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash works to keep your skin clear of blackheads, whiteheads and pimples, while controlling oil and shine and packing an invigorating scent that will lift your spirits in the morning. Those with oily skin are to credit for giving this cleanser a 4.4/5-star rating on Ulta, claiming it dries up acne within a week. But dry skin types may find they need an additional moisturizer to combat the drying effects of this wash.
The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash ($14)
Neutrogena Transparent Facial Bar Original Fragrance Free
This clear soap bar, which is free of detergents, dyes and hardeners (making it an ideal option for sensitive skin), scored an impressive 4.6/5-star rating on Ulta. Neutrogena's Transparent Facial Bar is said to hydrate, remove makeup, and even help clear up acne. One user went as far as saying her "moderate acne" was had pretty much vanished the day after she started using this soap. Another plus: it can be used for both face and body.
Neutrogena Transparent Facial Bar Original Fragrance Free ($2.99)
Olay Total Effects Revitalizing Foaming Cleanser
This cleanser famously fights 7 signs of aging: fine lines and wrinkles, rough texture, uneven skin tone, dullness, prominent pores, age spots and dryness. With a 4.5/5 star rating on drugstore.com, Olay's Total Effects Revitalizing Foaming Cleanser is ideal for oily, combination and sensitive skin and is lauded for being gentle, yet providing light exfoliation. Some have even insisted that it does such a great job, you needn't spent another penny on an extra exfoliator.
Olay Total Effects Revitalizing Foaming Cleanser ($9.99)
ShiKai Borage Dry Skin Therapy Facial Cleanser
It isn't easy to find an effective cleanser that doesn't irritate dry skin, but ShiKai Borage Dry Skin Therapy Facial Cleanser impresses customers who say it's skin nourishing, removes makeup, absorbs quickly, moisturizes and even reduces the appearance of fine lines. One criticism to note: unlike most ShiKai products, this one contains fragrance.
ShiKai Borage Dry Skin Therapy Facial Cleanser ($9.99)
Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser
More than a few news outlets have recently come out in opposition of Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser, saying it isn't good for your skin because it contains parabens, which can be an allergen, and sodium lauryl sulfate, which can strip skin of natural oils. But Cetaphil remains a drugstore favorite, one that received a 4/5-star rating on drugstore.com and is described by customers as a gentle product that leaves their skin soft and clean.
Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser ($8.99)