7 of the best budget-friendly cleansers money can buy
Reliable cleansing formulas that won’t break the bank
By Briar Clark
BEAUTYcrew Content Producer / October 05 2021
As far as we’re concerned, when it comes to cleansers, there’s no reason to fork over half your paycheck for a product that’s literally going to end up going down the drain.
That’s why we’re headed straight to the aisles of our local Chemist Warehouse and Priceline (or stocking up our online shopping carts) to bulk buy a slew of budget-friendly cleansing options.
Low in price though they may be, these seven drugstore cleansers don’t scrimp when it comes to efficacy...
CeraVe Hydrating Foaming Oil Cleanser
If you’ve been on the double cleansing trend since K-Beauty fans introduced the ritual to the mainstream a few years ago, then have we got exciting news for you. CeraVe Hydrating Foaming Oil Cleanser performs double duty as an oil cleanser AND foaming cleanser. So you can ditch the multitude of cleansing products currently populating your bathroom and switch to a more streamlined option that effectively cleanses away makeup, dirt, oil and pollution. This hydrating pick also packs a triple blend of ceramides, squalane oil and triglycerides that work to reinforce the skin’s natural barrier function, ensuring moisture retention in the long run.
$14.99 at Chemist Warehouse
Q+A Apple AHA Exfoliating Gel
On a mission to demystify skin care with easy-to-understand formulas, Q+A have officially landed in Priceline – so why not sample the goods? This AHA-infused gel gently exfoliates skin to help improve the appearance of tone, texture and dullness thanks to a formula that features malic acid, lactic acid, apple fruit extracts and glycolic acid. Say hello to bright, smooth skin post-cleanse!
$17 at Priceline
CARBON THEORY Charcoal & Tea Tree Oil Breakout Control Facial Cleansing Bar
Known as the acne-fighting cleansing bar that sold out in Australia in three days, UK cult skin care brand Carbon Theory’s iconic cleansing bar has a host of fans the world over for good reason. The eco-friendly alternative to traditional cleansing methods utilises charcoal and tea tree oil to manage current and future breakouts alike by drawing out excess oil, bacteria and toxins. It helps to reduce inflammation, while shea butter keeps skin nourished and hydrated.
$14.99 at Priceline
Garnier Greenlabs Pore Perfecting 3 In 1 Canna B Cleanser
Garnier Green Labs Canna-B Pore Perfecting 3 in 1 Clay Cleanser is a little bit of a goody two shoes overachiever. No, seriously. Not only does this cannabis sativa seed oil and niacinamide formula combine the properties of a cleanser, exfoliator and mask in one easy-to-use format to help minimise the size of pores and control shine, but the vegan, allergy-tested, dermatologist-tested and sensitive skin-friendly pick is also free from sulfates, microbeads, parabens, and dyes. Oh, and did we mention the packaging is made from 20 per cent recycled materials and is even produced using 65 per cent renewable energy? Phew, relax mate.
$7.47 at Chemist Warehouse
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Cleanser Water Gel
After a cleanser that won’t dry your skin out and leave it feeling tight and uncomfortable post-cleanse? This hyaluronic acid-rich formula clinically-proven to boost the skin’s hydration levels is a sure bet. The lightweight gel transforms into a silky lather that effectively cleanses away dirt, oil, and makeup thanks to a pretty nifty innovation called Barriercare technology.
$7.99 at Chemist Warehouse
REVOLUTION SKINCARE Vitamin C Cream Cleanser
Utilise the brightening properties of vitamin C alongside a smorgasbord of nourishing oils such as grape seed, avocado, peach kernel and sweet almond to help break down makeup and dirt. Humectant glycerin helps to bind moisture to particularly parched complexions to help keep skin moisturised, supple and soft post-cleanse.
$16 at Priceline
Swisse Skincare Manuka Honey Daily Glow Foaming Cleanser
Swisse Manuka Honey Daily Glow Foaming Cleanser does just what it says on the tin and reinforces a glowy, luminous complexion on the daily by utilising the skin-brightening properties of vitamin C and papaya extracts. All while the natural humectant Manuka honey delivers a potent shot of skin-softening moisture.
$7.69 at Chemist Warehouse
Briar is a Content Producer at BEAUTYcrew. She is a self-professed skin care obsessive, always on the hunt for the perfect mascara, and can't go past a plumping lipgloss.