Easy does it: Cleanser
A drop in humidity calls for a gentle cleanser
KANEBO IMPRESS CLEANSING CREAM
The claim: A rich cream (HK$580) that removes impurities while maintaining skin's moisture and boosting radiance.
The review: This has the texture of an emollient cream, which turns into an oily consistency when massaged into skin. After rinsing, our skin felt smooth and moisturised, but those with oily complexions might find it leaves a slightly greasy feeling - especially during the hot, humid summer months - that may require another mild facial wash. This product is better suited to those with dry skin. Pin Lee
ESSE CREAM CLEANSER
The claim: A blend of natural extracts and essential oils bind with impurities to easily remove dirt and make-up, while baobab oil adds moisture.
The review: The most "natural" of the cleansers (HK$420) we tried - 99 per cent of its ingredients are naturally derived - this has a unique caramel colour and a fairly strong herbal scent. While it goes on like a cream, the cleanser turns foamy with a bit of a massage and water. It does a good job of removing make-up and leaves no residue at all, making it better for oilier skin types or more humid weather. Tama Lung
LA ROCHE-POSAY TOLERIANE DERMO-CLEANSER
The claim: Fragrance- and preservative-free cleanser and make-up remover (HK$220) designed specifically for dry, intolerant skin.
The review: This mild cleanser has a milky, non-foaming texture. We found it easily removed eye make-up, including water-resistant mascara. After rinsing, our skin felt smooth and hydrated. The cleanser can also remove make-up without the need to rinse, which comes in handy if your skin is dry or sensitive. Vivian Chen
SKYN ICELAND PURE CLOUD CLEANSER
The claim: Pure Icelandic glacial water, shea and cocoa butters, and other botanical extracts cleanse delicate skin while restoring moisture and radiance.
The review: White and smooth as its name suggests, the Pure Cloud Cleanser (HK$350) seems to melt into dry skin. It can be removed with water or a muslin cloth (included), and leaves the skin feeling soft, clean and soothed. We especially liked that it toned down oily patches without irritating our typically reactive skin. This has also become our favourite morning cleanser. Tama Lung