The Best Facial Cleansers You've Probably Never Heard Of
Chances are, unless you have gone down a Reddit beauty rabbit hole, take beauty advice from your grandma, or regularly peruse the beauty shelves of your local grocery store (all activities we encourage every once in a while, by the way), you haven't heard of Albolene. That's about to change.
Albolene's original multitasking cleanser and makeup remover may have launched generations of cult customers and tens of thousands of Amazon reviews (the product has been around since 1885 and has over 13,000 five-star reviews), but we think the brand's three newest hydration-packed facial cleansers will put Albolene firmly on the skin-care map — and your vanity.
With a cleansing balm, a daily cleanser, and a micellar milk, the brand is taking hydration to the next level. Just like Albolene's beloved OG moisturizing cleanser, these products are affordable, developed with dermatologists, and formulated with gentle formulas that are paraben-, fragrance-, and soap-free. Whether you opt for one product or pair two of them together to double cleanse (highly recommend), we're confident they'll become your new skin-care staples faster than a two-day shipping delivery. Sometimes the best beauty products are hiding in plain sight — you just need to know where to look.
Albolene Hydrating Micellar Milk
For a light, waterless cleanse, or if you're looking to build up your skin's natural moisture barrier, the Albolene Hydrating Micellar Milk ($11) is the ideal option. The milky formula helps lift away dirt, oil, and makeup, but it's the combination of the soothing aloe, coconut milk, and hyaluronic acid that helps hydrate the moisture barrier even while makeup is removed.
Even if you prefer a deeper daily cleanse, micellar milk is a truly versatile product fit for any beauty shelf. You can use it to prep skin for makeup, to refresh your face after a sweaty workout, or as a co-captain in your double-cleanse routine — the possibilities are endless.
Albolene Hydrating Cleansing Balm
The Albolene Hydrating Cleansing Balm ($11) offers all the same makeup-removing benefits as the original cream moisturizing cleanser, but in a solid balm texture. The lightweight formula helps to gently dissolve makeup (even waterproof makeup!) without the need for harsh scrubbing, plus the addition of five new moisturizing ingredients, including shea butter and jojoba oil, help to nourish your skin.
If you're double cleansing, it's the perfect first step — just massage a small amount onto your face and watch the makeup melt away.
Albolene Hydrating Daily Cleanser
You know those cleansers that effectively remove makeup but leave your skin feeling tight and stripped? The Albolene Hydrating Daily Cleanser ($11) is not one of them. This gentle, pH-balanced formula features hyaluronic acid and aloe to help hydrate the skin and protect the moisture barrier as it removes excess oil, dirt, and makeup.
We love this used as a second cleanser in a nighttime routine, right after the cleansing balm. A little goes a long way with the lotion-like consistency!