If you care about your skin, there is no excuse to give when it comes to maintaining a proper cleansing routine. However with so many types of cleansers out on the market, it can be confusing to pick the right one for your skin’s needs.

Compared to the light and sudsy texture of foaming washes, gel cleansers have a thicker consistency and a mild lather that does not strip the skin. They are usually recommended for combination or normal skin types, but with the right formulation, they are suitable for use with other skin types as well. For those who want to branch out from cream cleansers but also avoid full-on foamy textures, gel cleansers are the perfect go-between.

Check out some of the best gel cleansers that are out on the market right now, and you might find a new holy grail for your skincare regimen!

1. 1. Innisfree Green Tea Cleansing Gel-to-Foam

Best hydrating gel cleanser for dry skin
Price from SGD24.00

This hybrid formula can be used as a 2-in-1 cleanser, with the gel texture suitable for removing makeup, or adding water to create a foamy texture that deeply cleanses the skin. It contains Innisfree’s uniquely developed “Beauty Green Tea” ingredient that contains 16 kinds of amino acids to help provide the skin with excellent hydration and moisture.

2. 2. The Body Shop Seaweed Cleansing Gel Wash

Best for combination skin
Price from SGD16.00

This oil-free, soap-free gel cleanser uses mineral-rich seaweed to help remove impurities and rebalance the skin. It helps to combat blemishes, and leaves your skin feeling matte and shine-free without causing dryness or irritation. The light and fresh formula suits those with combination and oily skin types.

3. 3. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Foaming Purifying Gel

Best oil-free gel cleanser for oily skin
Price from SGD27.12

Specially formulated for oily and sensitive skin, this foaming gel cleanser gently removes dirt and excess sebum from the skin. It contains thermal spring water to soothe and refresh the skin, and zinc pidolate to help regulate sebum production. The oil-free, soap-free and alcohol-free formula also helps keep the skin pH balanced.

4. 4. Dr Wu Gentle Cleansing Gel with Niacinamide

Best for acne-prone skin
Price from SGD32.00

This anti-acne gel cleanser has an amino acid-based formula that addresses common skin concerns for acne-prone skin. It includes niacinamide, chamomile extract and aloe vera extract for skin soothing and anti-inflammation; zinc sulfate and clay for oil control, and tea tree oil for anti-bacterial properties. The formula provides relief for wounded and damaged skin, and is also gentle enough for sensitive skin.

5. 5. Kate Somerville Gentle Daily Wash

Best for sensitive skin
Price from SGD55.00

This sulfate-free, non-irritating formula is perfect for those with sensitive skin types. Its gentle formulation is made to remove impurities and excess sebum while maintaining the natural balance and moisture of the skin surface. Key ingredients include lavender essence and natural sage oil to soothe and condition the skin.

6. Cosrx Low PH Good Morning Gel Cleanser

Best exfoliating gel cleanser
Price from SGD9.40

Providing a light chemical exfoliation with natural BHA, this gel cleanser can be used daily to give your skin a supple and clear texture. Its low pH formula means your skin will not feel stripped or dry after, and it contains purifying botanical ingredients to help keep your skin free of dirt and impurities. The gentle formula makes it suitable for use even on sensitive or dry skin.

7. 7. Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel

Best non-foaming gel cleanser
Price from SGD32.00

With papaya and grapefruit extracts to give a light natural exfoliation, this non-foaming gel cleanser effectively removes dirt and impurities without causing irritation to the skin. It is a mild cleanser that will not strip the skin, making it most suitable for dry and sensitive skin types.

8. 8. Antipodes Juliet Skin-Brightening Gel Cleanser

Best organic gel cleanser
Price from SGD40.50

As a fully certified organic skincare brand, this gel cleanser from Antipodes uses natural ingredients that are grown without chemical pesticides or fertilisers. It includes kiwi seed oil, which is high in Omega 3, vitamin C and vitamin E, as well as manuka honey to improve skin elasticity and reduce fine lines for youthful-looking skin.

9. 9. La Mer Cleansing Gel

Best luxury gel cleanser
Price from SGD190.00

The brand La Mer is synonymous with their Miracle Broth™ formula, which is derived from nutrient-rich sea kelp to provide cell-renewing and energy-boosting skin benefits. This cleansing gel includes the Miracle Broth™ and tourmaline to give you a gentle foaming cleanse that leaves your skin balanced and refreshed, as well as healing and soothing tired, damaged or aging skin.

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