I think we all owe face wash an apology—at least I do, anyway! For years, I always considered my cleanser the least important part of my skincare routine. I’d splash some water on my face, slather on the cheapest face wash I could find at the drugstore, mush it around for, oh, a good 10 seconds, and then I’d rinse. Ugh. Let’s just say I know so much better now! For one, most experts say we should spend at least one full minute massaging our face wash into our face, a time frame that ensures we get every last crumb of naughties expunged from our pores. So set a timer, listen to half of your favorite tune, or just guesstimate.
Second, the formulation of your face wash can and will make a significant difference in the health and look of your complexion. (Take it from someone who learned the hard way that her cleanser was solely responsible for a never-ending cycle of breakouts.)
Additionally, some face washes are equipped with higher-quality, strategic ingredients if you’re looking to boost your skin with an extra dose of anti-aging perks. No, your cleanser still won’t be as important as your serums and moisturizers, since those are the products that will spend the most quality time on your skin, but every little bit helps, and using the right face wash with the right ingredients can definitely encourage a plump, balanced, hydrated, all-around youthful-looking complexion. If you’re into that kind of thing!
To give us the lay of the land where the best anti-aging face washes are concerned, I reached out to celebrity facialist Renée Rouleau and Joshua Zeichner, MD, FAAD. Ahead, they’ll be breaking down what to avoid and what to look for whilst face wash shopping, in addition to the specific products they recommend. Keep scrolling for the lowdown.