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Best Face Wash for Me

Your face is unlike anyone else’s, belonging only to you. Everyone’s skin is different, too – normal, dry, oily, sensitive, combination… Regardless, there are certain traits we all share, like genuine smiles take 12 muscles, and the skin on our faces needs more care than the rest of the body to stay clean, removing daily grime, revealing radiant complexions. That’s why using face washes, specifically designed for not just your mug, but your skin type, is key. So lather up with one of the best face washes for you – find yours now.

WHAT IS A FACE WASH?

Let’s not overcomplicate this – face washes clean your face. They can even work as a makeup remover if you’re short on time.

So, what’s the difference between a face wash and a cleanser? Confusion can arise as the word ‘cleanse’ is used to describe the effect of both. It’s true, they both clean(se), but they work in subtly different ways. You can tell them apart by their textures and how you use them. Cleansers are creamy, milky or gel consistencies, and wiped off with a cloth or cotton pad. Face washes are used in combo with water (akin to soap) and have a foaming, lather-y action (ditto), allowing them to chase out the day’s debris. Some deem face wash for oily skin only, as they are often seen as less gentle than cleansers. But, there's a place for both in most routines, especially with our range of formulas for all skin types.

Think how much your face does on a daily basis – from laughing, squinting, winking and blinking to chewing and chatting. It’s where lots of life experience lands, but also nasties, like dirt and germs. While we’re all nature lovers at heart, truth be told, daily grime is an inevitability for most of us considering the growing percentage of people living in or travelling through urban areas. Plus, since everyone unwittingly touches their face thousands of times a day, finding the best face wash routine for you has never been more important to help your skin stay fresh and clean.

Skincare science 101: cleansers generally dissolve makeup, oil and grime better than face washes because a lot of makeup is waterproof, so a water-based product will often not remove all traces. Basically, you’ve gotta fight oil with oil. That means this step is crucial pre-face wash if you’ve been wearing (particularly long-wear) makeup. This is what’s often referred to as the ‘double-cleanse’, AKA using two differently formulated products to get a deeper clean.

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When your face wash is helping your skin be the best it can be, there’s more of a spring in your step, a smile on your face. Basically, your skin is letting the real you shine through. So, you’re up on your skin type – time to get down with our range of face washes. Formulated with different textures, key ingredients and pay-offs, there’s something here for everyone. You could simply skip to the section you’re after, looking at the signs that resonate.

If you’re prone to blemishes consider our Tea Tree range for a purifying, tingling sort of wash. Sensitive skin? Look to the gentle face wash in our Aloe range to help soothe skin. And dry skin types, we’ve profiled our oil-based washes that will help to keep your skin feeling nourished. To know the best face wash for your skin type, it’s all about matchmaking your needs with the benefits of our no-nonsense washes.

That said, you may just want to freestyle or mix things up for a change. And why not? There’s nothing wrong with exploring. You know your facial features and flare-ups like no one else, so just keep an eye as you trial and error your way through. Whichever you choose, once your face is in the buff your skin will be able to soak up and reap all the benefits of our naturally inspired products.

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The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Foaming Cleanser

OILY SKIN

Grubby faces contending with overproduction of sebum (your natural oils) need dirt washed away, without over-drying. (As often happens, when oily skin is stripped bare, more sebum charges in to compensate.) Targeting this catch-22, enter our Tea Tree Skin Clearing Foaming Cleanser. This face wash for oily skin leaves you feeling fresh and mattified. Use with lukewarm water, as hot-hot-hot H20 can create a red-faced reaction. And don’t, we repeat, don’t put your face directly underneath the showerhead stream. It might be productive time-wise, but this water pressure is not meant for our faces.

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DRY SKIN

Feeling taut and tight? Your dry skin will love our award-winning gentle face wash that’s basically like your favourite oil and gel cleanser had a baby. The Oils of Life™ Intensely Revitalising Cleansing Oil-In-Gel is enriched with a blend of three precious seed oils, and feels next-level nourishing, helping gift your face up to 72 hours of moisture. Massage the rich gel into your cheeks, chin and T-zone, then add water and watch the texture transform into a light, milky lotion, removing gunk and makeup alike.

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THE BODY SHOP ALOE CALMING FOAMING WASH

SENSITIVE SKIN

As the skin on the face is much thinner than the rest of the body, is it any wonder you might need a little more attention? Sensitive skin often gets overlooked, but don’t worry. No one’s putting you in the corner this time – we’ve formulated our Aloe Calming Foaming Wash just for you. This gentle face wash, enriched with Community Fair Trade aloe vera from Campeche, Mexico, froths with a light foam, helping to soothe skin and leaving it feeling soft.

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HAND SQUEEZING THE BODY SHOP CARROT FACE WASH

ALL SKIN TYPES

Normal or combination skin needs a great all-rounder, like our Carrot Wash Energising Face Cleanser. Remember when you’re in the countryside and all the fresh air and rain showers make you feel amazing? This creamy face wash will inspire that fresh from the garden feeling. Made with organic carrots, it helps to cleanse the face of oil and dirt, leaving skin looking more balanced and energised, with a subtly zingy herby fragrance.

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The Body Shop Tea Tree products

BLEMISHES

Faces prone to excess oil and blemishes are helped to find a calming balance with our Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash. A refreshing lather builds up on contact with water, helping this face wash to get to the debris hiding out on the surface of skin. Our vegan formula is infused with Community Fair Trade tea tree oil from Kenya and has been a trusted fave in our Tea Tree range for years for its ability to help oust grime and reveal more mattified, clearer-looking skin.

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The Body Shop Drops of Light Pure Clarifying Foam Wash

UNEVEN SKIN TONE

Getting you smiling is often the key to feeling healthier. Laughter is the best medicine, they say. Helping give you something to smile about, our Drops of Light™ Pure Clarifying Foam Wash helps to deeply cleanse the skin and brighten the complexion’s appearance. It lathers up to create a rich, creamy cleanser that helps to purify and improve the appearance of skin’s tone without stripping the skin of much-needed moisture.

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Hands squeezing The Body Shop Seaweed Cleasing Gel

EXCESS OIL

We want you to shine bright and own your natural beauty. Forget ridding your face of your natural oils – after all, sebum is not just natural, but necessary. This is about balance. With our Seaweed Cleansing Gel Wash, you’ll feel that your complexion has rediscovered its natural glow. Enriched with mineral-rich seaweed from the shores of Roaring Water Bay in Ireland, this mild face wash gently cleanses, leaving faces feeling refreshed and appearing less shiny.

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The Body Shop Himalyan Charcoal Purifying Clay Wash

CLOGGED PORES

If you need a face wash with enough power to purify pores, but a gentle touch to keep skin feeling soft, we’ve got a refreshing formula for you. Our Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Clay Wash is enriched with bamboo charcoal, alongside other naturally derived ingredients like Community Fair Trade tea tree oil. This daily charcoal face wash helps to draw out impurities and refine the appearance of pores, helping skin to look healthier and rediscover its natural glow.

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The Body Shop Drops of Youth Gentle Foaming Wash

FOAM

There’s no evidence to suggest that the longer the lather, the cleaner the face, but you’ll want to spend all day in the bathroom with our Drops of Youth™ Youth Gentle Foamwash. A light, bubbly froth gliding across your cheeks feels pleasing, like you’re getting a good clean going. Well, yeah actually. This foaming face wash helps to seek out grime and send it packing, without drying out skin. Your face will be left feeling smoother and looking revitalised.

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Hands squeezing The Body Shop Seaweed Cleasing Gel

GEL

The gentle feel of our Seaweed Cleansing Gel Wash smoothly gliding across the visage can feel like a treat for faces, no matter the skin type. Massage onto your damp face and neck to build a delicate lather, before rinsing. And breathe. Skin feels cleansed of impurities and appears clearer and less shiny. Helping you to find balance again, not unlike a dip in the sea – if you’re a fan of a more gentle face wash, this one feels calmly refreshing.

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Camomile sumptuous cleansing butter

BUTTER

This buttery pot of goodness makes taking your makeup off at the end of the day a bit of fun. Whip it up out of the pot and smother (albeit a small amount) all over your face. It melts makeup in an instant as you massage into skin. Even eye makeup. And it is kind for contact lens wearers and sensitive skin, too. Remove with a damp muslin cloth for a thorough cleanse and you’ll reveal skin that feels refreshed and nourished.

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SCRUB

Our Tea Tree 3-in-1 Wash Scrub Mask is a one-and-done face wash – a must-have if you’re streamlining the products in your bathroom cabinet. Ideal for oily or blemish-prone skin, it is enriched with Community Fair Tea tree oil and can be used as a wash, scrub and mask. As a scrub, it helps to buff away older skin cells and unclog pores. Got a bit more time on your hands? Apply as a mask and let the drying clay to set to work, helping to cleanse and mattify skin. Or simply splash your face with water for a lather-and-go face wash.

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The Body Shop Guarana & Coffee Energising Cleanser

GUARANA AND COFFEE

Not a morning person? You soon will be with this refresher of a face wash. Waking skin up is no trouble with our Guarana and Coffee Energising Cleanser. Our best face wash for men is enriched with Ethiopian green coffee, Brazilian guarana and organic Community Fair Trade aloe vera. When combined with water, the zingy orange gel foams into a light lather, helping to give impurities the budge and leave skin feeling fresh and invigorated after use.

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The Body Shop Vitamin E Gentle Face Wash

VITAMIN E

Not sure what your skin needs? Our Vitamin E Gentle Facial Wash is an all-rounder that suits all skin types. The light, creamy texture is kind to faces and helps to keep skin feeling like moisture has been locked in. It’s so gentle you can even use it morning and night. Enriched with vitamin E and wheatgerm oil, our formula leaves skin feeling supremely refreshed and clean, ready for whatever the day may hold.

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The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash

TEA TREE

Feel like your skin’s a bit of a teenage dirtbag? Help to battle blemishes with our Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash. It’s enriched with Community Fair Trade tea tree oil from Kenya, and lathers up instantly, sending the foaming particles around your face to shift impurities and excess oil. The result? Skin is left feeling more matte, brilliantly clean and purified. No wonder this is a cult bathroom go-to.

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The Body Shop Himalyan Charcoal Purifying Clay Wash

CHARCOAL

Like a breath of fresh air from the Himalayas, our Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Clay Wash is powerful enough to help purify your oily skin, but mild enough to use every day. This charcoal face wash, enriched with kaolin clay and Community Fair Trade tea tree oil, works like a dirt magnet, attracting excess oil and impurities, helping remove grime and leave skin looking refreshed and mattified.

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The Body Shop Camomile Fresh Micellar Cleansing Water

MICELLAR WATER

An iconic sort of formula, our uber-gentle Camomile Fresh Micellar Cleansing Water removes all makeup with the swipe of a cotton pad – no need for a rinse. It’s enriched with camomile oil, and is suitable for even sensitive skin and contact lens wearers due to its mild formulation. Skin is helped to feel refreshed, soft and soothed – ready for bed or a foaming wash, as you like.

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The Body Shop Camomile Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover

EYE AND LIP

The delicate eye and lip areas are given a dedicated, soothing makeup remover with our Camomile Waterproof Eye & Lip Make-up Remover. Ridding even waterproof mascara and eye makeup, as well as lipstick, our camomile-enriched formula is gentle yet effective, helping to restore skin to a natural, cleansed state. Perfect as a pre-bedtime ritual.

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CREAM CLEANSER

A super light, creamy makeup remover, our Vitamin E Cream Cleanser helps to disappear the traces of the day with a simple two-step process – massage into skin, then remove with a cotton pad. Helping to get faces back to their in-the-buff and supple selves, it makes for an ideal cleanse before your head hits the pillow.

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The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil

CLEANSING OIL

Dry skin types will rejoice for this Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil. Even stubborn waterproof makeup and waterproof mascara is erased by the oil formula. Working through emulsification, where water is added, a minute massaging this product into the face is all that’s needed. Skin is left feeling clean and nourished.

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HAND SQUEEZING THE BODY SHOP CARROT FACE WASH

CARROT

Remember when your parents promised that if you ate your carrots, you’d be able to see in the dark? Sadly, that fib never turned out to be true, but the basic message was – carrots are good for you! We’ve sourced organic carrots for our Carrot Wash Energising Face Cleanser. This creamy vegan face wash harnesses the power of such naturally derived ingredients to help skin feel more energised and cleansed. Faces are left feeling smoother and, well, energised.

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Hands pumping The Body Shop Drops Of Youth Foaming Wash

DROPS OF YOUTH™

If you feel your skin is life-zapped and needs reviving, look no further than our Drops of Youth™ Gentle Foamwash. It’s enriched with plant stem cells and Community Fair Trade moringa seed oil from Rwanda, with a mild herbal scent. Fan of a foaming formulation? Get in on the sudsy action with this vegan face wash. It helps to give skin a thorough cleanse without over-drying. It’s been meticulously designed to leave faces feeling fresher as soon as after the very first use.

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OILS OF LIFE™

A must-try face wash for dry skin types, our Oils of Life™ Intensely Revitalising Cleansing Oil-in-Gel blends the best parts of oils and gel cleansers, formulated with three precious seed oils. It transforms upon adding water – massage into your face straight from the tube and watch as it transforms into a milky lotion as you add water. This sumptuous face wash gives daily grime and makeup the heave-ho, helping to comfort skin in the process, leaving in its wake silkily supple faces.

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The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Foaming Cleanser

TEA TREE

Want a powerful pore purifier in a vegan formulation? Our Tea Tree Skin Clearing Foaming Cleanser is designed to foam instantly, lathering up to thoroughly cleanse (though it’s gentle enough for every day). Even better, it doesn’t dry skin out in the process – a side effect to watch out for when you’ve got oily or blemish-prone skin. Instead, after using this foaming face wash, enriched with Community Fair Trade tea tree oil, skin feels deeply cleansed, fresh and less oily.

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