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The Best Face Cleansers for a Trouble-Free Complexion

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Esther and her enviably clear skin
Esther and her enviably clear skin

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A combination of the surf life and a generally lazy approach to makeup means I rely heavily on my facial cleansers for clear skin. The first and foremost step toward beautifully healthy skin is to drink tons of water (sounds so easy yet it's so hard!). The next step is to wash your face—with the right cleansers. I use a variety day-to-day, depending on my skin's needs. This line up is my dream team for an even complexion that requires little to no fuss with foundation and concealer. Everyone's skin is different and it may take trial and error to find your own perfect lineup—just don't forget the water.Esther Hahn

The Malin + Goetz Grapefruit Face Cleanser, $30, is my new favorite as my everyday standard. Made in NYC, the natural-based cleanser (tastes like grapefruit, not like chemicals -- yes, I've accidentally tasted it) is gentle but effective. I started using this product after my SkinCeuticals (a brand I love for other skincare products) cleanser triggered a breakout across my forehead. And now peace is restored thanks to this miracle in a bottle. This is also my favorite pick for the men in my life who want the absolute easiest skin regimen.

By far my favorite oil-based cleanser, the Shu Umera Cleansing Beauty Oil Premium A/I, $77, removes all traces of make up (even from deep within pores) without stripping skin of moisture. This cleanser works best for dry and sensitive skin types, which for me is during the colder Winter months. The only downside is that the product ships from Cananda and often encounters issues in transit.

Aveeno's Clear Complexion Daily Cleansing Pads, $6.99, is my drugstore staple. I use the pads to take off heavy duty sunscreen. And for days when I just need a quick scrub to brighten my complexion, I stick to the gentler side of the two-sided pads.

The Burt's Bees Peach & Willow Bark Deep Pore Scrub, $8, is my favorite exfoliant. I use this once a week to keep the dirt and the dull off my face. But rub gently (too harsh of a scrub is never good for the skin) and concentrate on trouble areas, staying away from the more sensitive zone under the eyes.
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