Me, I've got three in rotation:
1. Neutrogena's Oil-Free Acne Face Wash (Redness Soothing Facial) for days when I feel like a zit is on the horizon or I feel particularly dusty or grimy (in NYC, that's about every Wednesday or so).
2. Caudalie's Foaming Cleanser for my gym days. (I got a sample of this pretty-smelling cleanser a few weeks ago and tucked it in my gym bag--it makes a kind of meh post-workout shower seem glam and well, French.)
3. BeautyMint's Gentle Cleanser for AM and PM use. I've been testing out a suite of BeautyMint products (more on that later, but FYI, it launches today!) and like that the face wash is mild enough to use twice a day (my others are more of a once-a-day or once-every-few-days kinds of cleansers).
That's what I've got next to my bathroom sink (and shoved in my gym bag), how 'bout you? What are you using? Loving? Loathing? Do you use a mix of facial cleansers too or are you loyal to one prod?
Oh! Speaking of cleansers and BeautyMint, I checked back in with Nerida Joy and asked her about the mysterious "absorbing exfoliants" she mentioned awhile back. Turns out that she wasn't talking about some exfoliator-meets-moisturizer miracle product: by "absorbing" she meant that the ingredients that suck up and sloughs off dead skin cells. "Absorbing exfoliants contain ingredients like papain, the enzyme present in papaya or molecules of the various alpha hydroxy acids (glycolic, lactic, malic, tartaric, citric, or salicylic)," explained Nerida via email. "These ingredients absorb (“eat”) dead cells without scratching the skin’s surface, thus reducing the spread of infection on the face. An absorbing exfoliant is perfect for all skin types and has a buffing effect on the epidermis, which allows the skin to “breathe.” When your skin is clean and free of debris, oil escapes and thus does not build up within the pores." That last part you knew already, but just wanted to straighten out the whole absorbing exfoliant thing, while we were talking skincare stuff. Case closed!
(author: Susan Cernek; taken from: http://www.glamour.com/beauty/blogs/girls-in-the-beauty-department/2011/11/what-kind-of-facial-cleanser-a.html)