The clever skin care innovation you’re going to love

Travelling with a cleanser has never been so easy

Beauty Crew Beauty Editor / August 28 2017

This year we’ve seen an endless supply of beauty innovation. We’ve spotted lip paints saturated in colour, products infused with charcoal, masks made of tissue, and even dry shampoos that come in paste form.

As for cleansers? Well they sure have come a long way. Just when you thought we had every formula type imaginable: foam, milk, gel, mousse, micellar water, cream and even balm, a new breakthrough version pops up. The latest launch that we’re loving are cleanser sticks, which are basically hardened cleansers that come in glue stick-like packaging.

We get it - it’s not the sexiest product on the market, but you shouldn’t underestimate their small size. Best used on damp skin, swirl the stick on your face to distribute the balmy product, then use your fingertips to massage it all over in circular motions to emulsify and remove makeup and refine skin texture. Then, wash it off like you would a regular cleanser.

While the balmy texture is something to get used to, we’re sure that you’ll become addicted to using them once you’ve introduced one into your routine. Ready to get in on the trend? Here are the cleansing sticks you need to try.

If you need to take your makeup off

Apply Urban Decay Meltdown Makeup Remover Cleansing Oil Stick all over your face straight over your makeup, then use warm water to transform the formula into a foaming cleanser.

If you’re after something compact

Clinique Take The Day Off Remover Stick is about the same size as a tall lipstick, and can be used to remove powdered eyeshadow and even waterproof makeup. 

If you have rough skin

Why overload your makeup bag with a cleanser, exfoliator and face mask when you can use a product that incorporates all three steps? Tarte Frxxxtion Stick Exfoliating Cleanser is powered by earth micro-exfoliants that can target sebum, dead skin and dullness in one hit.

Urban Decay Meltdown Makeup Remover Cleansing Oil Stick

Clinique Take The Day Off Remover Stick

Tarte Frxxxtion Stick Exfoliating Cleanser

If you’re still on the hunt for a new cleanser, check out the cleansers that made the cut in InStyle’s Best Beauty Buys for 2017.

Have you tried a cleansing stick before? What did you think? Tell us in the comments below.

Main image credit: Instagram @camerondiaz

Iantha is BEAUTYcrew's Beauty Editor, and has been part of the team since the site launched in 2016. Besides pinky-nude nail polish and wispy false lashes, she has a healthy obsession with face masks and skin care ingredients. Her previous work can be found in Virgin Australia Voyeur, Women's Health, and SHOP Til You Drop.