7 cleansers that support mature skin as it evolves

Nourishing and strengthening skin purifiers

Beauty Crew Beauty Editor / June 28 2024

A good skin care routine is made or broken by the cleanser you use. 

This is especially true if you have mature skin, which tends to be more sensitive than younger skin, and because of this, the wrong ingredients can weaken the skin's barrier, sensitise the skin or even speed up the ageing process.

The solution? A cleanser that's made to strengthen and reinforce the collagen stores, moisture levels and barrier function of mature age skin.

Gentle and replenishing cream or oil-based cleansers are best, while exfoliating, anti-acne or fragranced formulas may be too harsh. Keep reading for BEAUTYcrew's top recommendations in the category...

2024's Top 3 Best Cleansers For Mature Skin

Neutriderm Foaming Cleanser, $30, Neutriderm
SK-II Facial Treatment Gentle Cleanser, $105, Adore Beauty
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser, $32.95, Adore Beauty

Neutriderm Foaming Cleanser
$30 at Neutriderm

Neutriderm Foaming Cleanser is an all-in-one solution for cleansing your skin before makeup application or thoroughly cleansing at the end of the day as part of your skin care routine. It effectively removes light makeup and daily impurities, leaving your skin perfectly cleansed and ready for further skin care steps. Infused with a blend of vitamins, including niacinamide, panthenol, and vitamin C, helping to fortify your skin’s defences, it deeply nourishes the skin, promoting health and radiance. This versatile cleanser is ideal for normal/combination to dry skin types. 

Key features:

Suitable for normal to dry skin
Removes light makeup and daily impurities
Notes of bergamot and rose
Designed for all skin types 

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SK-II Facial Treatment Gentle Cleanser
$105 at Adore Beauty

This gentle cleanser contains SK-II's signature concentrated pitera complex and mild treatment essence, which helps it leave the skin hydrated well after you've finished cleansing. Pitera contains micro-nutrients like vitamins, minerals, amino acids and organic acids, which help to bolster the skin's natural processes such as collagen production, moisture retention and optimal barrier function. As a result, with continued use, one can expect to see an improvement in skin firmness and the appearance of wrinkles, plus a smoother and brighter complexion.

Key features:

Contains SK-II's signature pitera complex
Boosts hydration
Supports skin's natural functions
Firms skin
Minimises the appearance of wrinkles
Smooths skin
Enhances radiance

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La Roche-Posay Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser
$32.95 at Adore Beauty

This sensitive skin-friendly cleanser has a milky texture and a glycerin-enriched formula that aims to be gentle and hydrating on skin, while still effectively purifying the complexion. The fragrance-free cleanser also contains calming and redness-reducing thermal spring water to help soothe irritated skin. 

Key features:

Sensitive skin friendly
Enriched with glycerin and thermal spring water
Reduces redness

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IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cleanser
$53 at Adore Beauty

Formulated for all skin types (including sensitive skin), this gentle cleanser melts away waterproof makeup, dirt and oil without disrupting the skin's moisture barrier. It contains a hydrating serum blend of hyaluronic acid, collagen, colloidal oatmeal and ceramides, which helps to hydrate, nourish and soften the skin too.

Key features:

Gentle on skin
Effectively cleanses skin
Removes waterproof makeup, dirt and oil
Contains hyaluronic acid, collagen, colloidal oatmeal and ceramides 

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Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Foam
$53 at Adore Beauty

Although this is a foaming cleanser, it's not harsh on skin, because it contains hydrating cleansing components that create a foamy lather without drying out the skin. Plus, it contains a slew of skin softening nutrient-rich botanicals such as citrus peel and chestnut shell extract, which help to boost the skin's natural renewal process. 

Key features:

Hydrating cleansing components that don't dry out skin
Contains nutrient-rich botanicals
Enhances skin's natural renewal process

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Elemis Superfood Facial Wash
$29 at ASOS

Elemis has packed a smoothie's worth of superfood ingredients into this vitamin-rich gel cleanser such as broccoli, avocado and kale. All of these healthy picks work together to balance skin and leave you with a glowing complexion. 

Key features:

Contains superfood blend of broccoli, avocado and kale
Rich in vitamins
Balances skin
Promotes a glowing complexion

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Avene Gentle Milk Cleanser
$27.69 (usually $36.99) at Chemist Warehouse

Intended to support sensitive skin by strengthening the natural hydrolipidic barrier and minimising irritation, this milky cream cleanser has been formulated with mild and gentle ingredients. 

Key features:

Minimises the risk of irritation
Paraben free
Supports the hydrolipidic barrier

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After more gentle options? Try one of these 10 soothing face washes suitable for sensitive skin.

Main image credit: @pamelaanderson

Briar Clark got her start in the media industry in 2017, as an intern for Marie Claire and InStyle. Since then, her keen interest in fashion and beauty has landed her gigs as a Digital Content Producer and Beauty Editor with titles like Girlfriend, Refinery29, BEAUTYcrew and beautyheaven. She loves the way seemingly innocuous topics like skin care and style have the ability to put a smile on people’s faces or make them think about themselves a little differently. A big believer in self love and experimentation, Briar has made a point of becoming the Australian beauty industry’s unofficial guinea pig for unusual treatments and daring hair trends. When she’s not testing out the latest beauty launches, Briar is big on broadening her horizons, mostly in the form of food but she’s also partial to travelling to new destinations both near and far (and of course, allocating an extra bag to bring their best beauty offerings home with her).

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