5 FACE WASHES TESTED
By Nawal Gurung and Maybelle Morgan, 12 February 2018
From dealing with the cold weather to your twice-daily packed commute, there’s no denying that your face often gets a bit of a battering – and sometimes a splash of cold water just won’t cut it. So, whether you’re taking the day’s grime off or freshening yourself up in the morning, a face wash can be both a key getting-ready ritual and an important part of your skincare routine. We set ASOS artworker Nawal the task of testing five of them.
My skin is pretty normal, but like most people, it can get a tad dry during the winter months. A bit of extra moisture never goes amiss, though I never want to feel overloaded or greasy.
Don’t be alarmed by the colour, the bright red formula of this L’Oréal wash contains a volcanic mineral extract (pretty cool, right?) that transforms from a smooth gel into a foam on application, which left a cool sensation on my skin. Plus, it created a fresh subtle smell and a smooth texture.
The no-fuss factor of this one puts it at the top of my list. The simple, clean packaging and easy pump nozzle get an instant thumbs up from me, while the face wash itself had a straight-forward gel-like consistency with a silky feel. Also, the neutral smell made me feel like it was mild enough to use all year round without any discomfort.
Not going to lie, I was a bit hesitant after noticing that this face wash contained a glycolic acid as it chemically buffs away dead skin. And combined with kaolin clay, I did notice a slightly grainy texture and ashy smell that's a little bit jarring. Although I was impressed with how smooth my skin felt after, it did also feel a little tight so I'd definitely recommend using a rich moisturiser alongside. It's meant to double as a face mask, but I'd only use this once a week considering how strong it is.
Although this is the most expensive of the lot, it's worth it for the smell alone, which is somehow woody and refreshing at the same time. Even though it's super easy to apply, the formula is quite dense so you do need a lot to get a lather going. It left my skin feeling clean and quite matte after, making it ideal for those with oily skin.
I was immediately intrigued by the potent-looking black/grey colour – it looked like formidable stuff. Containing a blend of three different clays and black charcoal, it surprisingly didn’t have a strong earthy smell and did have a slightly runny texture (so be careful when squeezing it out to avoid wasting product). My skin definitely looked a little clearer after, though the triple clay ingredients could potentially be a bit drying, so only use it every other day.