NEW PRODUCT ALERT: SkinCeuticals Replenishing Cleanser

While some poor, misguided souls believe face wash is something you basically ‘pour down the sink,’ us smart folk know the skin-transforming power of a good, medical-grade cleanser.

In fact, when it comes to skincare in general, we’re all about the physician-recommended stuff – period. But that’s a whole other story… Today, we want to concentrate on SkinCeuticals latest product must-try, Replenishing Cleanser.

Fun fact: cleanser is the absolute foundation for healthy skin. Yes, broad-spectrum sunscreen will help stop premature aging and yes, moisturizer is imperative for soft, supple skin, but skip a decent cleansing routine and no amount of moisturizer will give you that dewy complexion you’ve dreamt of.

So, if you’re still searching for ‘the one,’ it’s time to get to your local derm or doctor’s office to ask about SkinCeuticals Replenishing Cleanser. Here’s why.

What It Is: SkinCeuticals medical-grade products are all about improving the skin’s health through advanced formulations backed by science. The brand was founded in 1997 after decades of skin cancer research led to key breakthroughs in the use of antioxidants in skincare. And while antioxidant treatments and sun protection are the absolute backbone of the brand (hello, C E Ferulic), each and every high-potency product in the collection has been proven to either correct the signs of aging, protect healthy skin or prevent future damage.

New Replenishing Cleanser joins an already comprehensive line-up of facial cleansers, including Simply Clean – a big favorite at HintMD HQ. How it differs is that it’s cream-to-foam formula has been specifically created for that tricky-to-balance combination skin. Shiny t-zone and dry cheeks the bane of your life? Then this baby is for you.

What It Does: Formulated with a rich amino acid-based surfactant system to deeply cleanse the skin, along with ceramides, panthenol (vitamin B5), glycerin and essential oils to balance and hydrate, Replenishing Cleanser really does nail it for combination skin that’s oily in certain places, but drier than the Mojave Desert in others.

It’s also paraben-, sulfate-, synthetic-fragrance-, dye- and alcohol-free making it a winner with sensitive skin types, or in fact anyone who likes to keep their skincare void of unnecessary evils.

Use it twice daily by massaging a small amount over damp skin, using light circular motions. Take a couple of minutes as you massage to boost circulation and help lymphatic drainage, paying special attention to any congested areas such as the nose, chin or forehead. Rinse thoroughly with clean, lukewarm water, then pat dry with a soft towel before continuing with the rest of your skincare regime.

The Scoop: Any cleanser that manages to remove long-wear makeup without stripping skin of every last drop of moisture gets our vote. End of.

Price: $34