FACE OFF: GEL CLEANSERS

we put the newest face washes to the test.

Since we're not boys, we don't just splash water on our faces and declare our skin clean; we take skincare pretty seriously. The good news is that face washes have come a long way since last year even, but there are a few things you need to know: No matter what your skin type is, you should be looking for a cleanser that is tough enough to get rid of an entire day's worth of dirt, oil, and makeup, but that won't make your skin dry, irritated, or worse yet--broken out. That finally exists. The most exciting cleansers we've seen this year (yeah, it has only been two days, but we're way ahead of you) is foaming gel cleansers. We found two that work for every skin type, from the most sensitive (like mine) to oil and acne-prone. After testing them out (they both smell amazing, by the way), here are my findings.

The Product:
L'Oreal Ideal Clean Foaming Gel Cleanser, $4.99
The Promise: Removes dirt, oil, and even the toughest waterproof eye makeup without drying out the skin.
The Result: My skin felt much cleaner than it does after using my normal cleanser and though I was worried that it would be too drying my ridiculously sensitive skin, that didn't' end up being the case.
Use It: If you have super sensitive skin, and if you wear a lot of makeup. It's recommended for teens and beauty minimalists.

The Product:
Garnier Radiance Renewer Cleansing Gelee, $6.99
The Promise: Non-abrasive exfoliation that's naturally brightening.
The Result: An exfoliating experience that doesn't involve harsh scrubbing or beads; it feels exactly like I had washed my face with a normal cleanser, but with brighter skin being the end result. And I did feel the gel "hugging" my skin, which makes for a deeper clean.
Use It: If you have dull skin that could use a pick-me-up. Keep an eye out in your local drug store because both of these products hit shelves this month!

If you're looking for more of the best new products on the market, we've probably already faced them off: shampoos, eyeliners, brow pencils--you name it.