Cleansing 101

The majority of us, on our best behaviour, will wash our faces twice a day. But when faced with a plethora of lotions and potions, all promising to assist what seems to be the simplest job, it can all become a little overwhelming.

With a little education in cleansing, we can turn what might be considered a chore into a ritual to look forward to, morning and night.

Skin Type

Each skin type has different needs and while all cleansers should, at the very least, wash your face, the right cleanser can do so much more than that.

  • Our deliciously silky Hydrating Cleansing Milk, followed by our Hydrating Floral Spafresh provides a gentle, yet effective cleanse for dry, dehydrated and sensitive skin. Teenage and acne-prone skin will benefit from the hydrating properties, so much so, that the milk can be used in place of a moisturiser.
  • Oilier skin types are the perfect match for our Balancing Foam Cleanser, which leaves the skin feeling fresh and cleaner than ever. Paired with our Balancing Herbal Spafresh, this is a credible combination for stubborn skin.
  • Ageing skin will benefit the most from our Nourishing Cleansing Balm – a rich, luxurious balm that penetrates even the deepest layers of skin, leaving it feeling nourished and enriched.


Cleansers come in all shapes and forms. At ESPA alone we offer milks, balms, gels and foams, to name but a few.

Knowing your skin type will aid your search as often we’ll guide you to a particular type of cleanser through our pairings of textures and ingredients for your skin type.

Once or twice a week look to mix up and enhance your cleansing routine with a mask or a scrub.

Our Refining Skin Polish can be swept over skin using the lightest touch to reveal a beautifully soft, renewed surface.

A real powerhouse product is our 3-in-1 cleanser, mask and exfoliator, Optimal Skin ProCleanser. This multitasking favourite is suitable for all skin types and transforms throughout use, allowing you to experience three beneficial textures in one application.


While it’s normal to remain loyal to your cleansing routine, there are those special occasions when adaptations are welcome.

Perhaps your skin has had a rough week and needs an extra cleanse – a mask like our Essential Cleansing Mask can really help to deep clean pores. Or perhaps you’re in a hurry – dashing out of the house in the morning, at the gym, or keen to slip straight into bed – a one-step cleanser like our Purifying Micellar Water could be preferable to your usual go-to.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and when it comes to cleansing, much of the success of a cleansing experience is down to personal preference.

Caro Dooling

Caro Dooling

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