8 of the best drugstore cleansers money can buy
Reliable formulas that won’t break the bank.
By Briar Clark
BEAUTYcrew Beauty Editor / July 10 2023
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 (or rather, stocking up our online shopping carts) to bulk buy a slew of budget-friendly cleansing options.
Low in price though they may be, these eight 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.
Was $23.99, now $21.49 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.
Was $20, now $13.99 at Chemist Warehouse
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.
Was $12.99, now $4.99 at Chemist Warehouse
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser for Face & Body
Cetaphil has long been a staple in many-a home, and the Gentle Skin Cleanser for Face & Body is definitely a fan favourite. The creamy formula is clinically proven to provide continuous hydration to protect against dryness, while gently yet effectively removing dirt, makeup and impurities.
$19.99 at Chemist Warehouse
L'Oreal Paris Glycolic Bright Glowing Daily Cleanser Foam With Glycolic Acid
If your skin needs a glow up, you've come to the right place. L'Oréal Paris' Glycolic Bright Daily Cleanser Foam gently exfoliates to remove makeup and impurities to reveal more luminous skin. The dense, creamy foam contains glycolic acid, a gentle chemical exfoliant used by dermatologists to penetrate deep into the pores, removing damaged skin and excess oil, while promoting a brightened and renewed complexion.
Was $15.99, now $7.99 at Chemist Warehouse
Sukin Oil Balancing Plus Charcoal Purifying Gel Cleanser
There's really nothing better for oily skin than a good ol' charcoal cleanser. Sukin's Oil Balancing Plus Charcoal Purifying Gel Cleanser is great for combination and oily skin types, because it gives a thorough cleanse and harnesses the powerful absorption properties of bamboo charcoal as its key active.
Was $15.95, now $4.69 at Chemist Warehouse
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel Anti-Acne Cleanser
The La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel is a daily use cleanser designed to remove makeup, eliminate impurities and get rid of excess sebum. Suitable for sensitive, oily and acne-prone skin, it gently purifies the skin thanks to cleansing agents selected especially with sensitive skin in mind.
Was $28.95, now $24.99 at Chemist Warehouse
Olay Regenerist Vitamin C + Peptide 24 Brightening Cleanser
This cleanser is a must-have if you want glowing, bright and smooth skin (um, who doesn't?). It's expertly formulated with vitamin C and peptides and contains gentle exfoliators to smooth the skin. The exfoliating beads also break down as you cleanse, ensuring you don't over scrub and damage your skin.
Was $19.99, now $11.99 at Chemist Warehouse
Briar is the Beauty Editor at BEAUTYcrew. Her 'down for anything' attitude has resulted in more than a handful of hair transformations, and she doesn't mind being used as a guinea pig for the industry's most unusual products and treatments. Her work has also appeared on Refinery29, Girlfriend and beautyheaven.