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I Tried the New £10 Garnier Hyaluronic Aloe Cream Cleanser and I'm Impressed

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When it comes to my skin care essentials, a cleanser will always be number one. As a Beauty Editor who has tried hundreds – if not thousands – of products in my life, this daily staple will always remain in top position because, quite frankly, if you haven't washed your face correctly no amount of lotions, potions, or expensive ingredients will have any effect on your skin.

This means when it comes to impressing me, the benchmark is high. I have a set of non-negotiables and if the cleanser doesn't meet them it will be instantly dismissed. These include only needing one application to leave skin feeling clean, sensitive enough to use near the eye area, and not leaving my skin feeling dehydrated or tight. There's nothing worse than feeling as though your skin has been stripped of all its natural oils.

This is why I tend to gravitate towards balm and oil formulas, although I don't like it to leave any sort of residue. As I said, I am very fussy when it comes to cleansers and, unfortunately, many of my go-to formulas tend to be more expensive, with lots of budget offerings falling a bit flat for me.

Yet there was something about the new Garnier Hyaluronic Aloe Cream Cleanser (£5, originally £10) that caught my eye. It is applied to wet skin (another plus) and comes in a very substantial 250ml bottle and is currently on sale at Boots for a fiver, making it extremely good value. But could it really live up to my pricier collection? Read on to find out.

About the Garnier Hyaluronic Aloe Cream Cleanser

  • The formula is vegan and cruelty-free. It is also 98 percent biodegradable.
  • It is microbiome friendly and dermatologically tested.
  • It's designed to protect the skin barrier and is pH neutral.
  • This cleanser is formulated with key ingredients like hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, and glycerin.
  • It works for all skin types, particularly those with dehydrated skin.
  • What I Like About the Garnier Hyaluronic Aloe Cream Cleanser

    Don't get me wrong, there is nothing more indulgent than a thorough cleanse, but sometimes you just need a product that does the job quickly and efficiently. This is that product. I quickly did the maths, even without a calculator, and could work out that one bottle would give you at least 50 cleanses. This seems exceptional value for money, considering the formula contains glycerine, aloe vera, and hyaluronic acid which are all designed to soothe and moisturise as it removes daily dirt and grime.

    One pump seemed to be enough for my whole face, another bonus, and on application I instantly noticed it didn't lather up. Instead it spread like silk across my skin – big tick. It felt super hydrating and, when applied to my eyes, didn't sting. It also took off the remnants of mascara without leaving panda eyes (another non-negotiable for me). My skin felt hydrated and, dare I say it, even a bit plumped as it dried. I was impressed.

    How to Use the Garnier Hyaluronic Aloe Cream Cleanser

    This is the best bit. You apply the cleanser to wet skin meaning you can use it in the shower and rinse off either with water or a cloth. I have tried both ways and each time I have had the same positive results. It is a gentle enough formula that can be used even in the sensitive eye area so there is no need to use multiple products. I prefer to use it for my morning cleanse, however it can be used in the evening to remove light makeup. I don't think it would take the place of my balm or oil if I was wearing a heavier, evening makeup look, but I did use it one evening and it removed every last remnant of mascara and makeup with just one pump.

    What to Consider About the Garnier Hyaluronic Aloe Cream Cleanser

    If you have oily or combination skin, this may not be for you. It's designed to add moisture so could leave your skin looking or feeling shiny. I would also stick to a clarifying cleanser, which contains salicylic acid if you're struggling with blemishes, blocked pores, or blackheads. As with all facial products, it's best to test a small area of your skin first to ensure you don't have a reaction and avoid using near your eyes if you tend to be sensitive in this area.

    Where Can I Buy the Garnier Hyaluronic Aloe Cream Cleanser?

    This is currently available on sale at Boots, Look Fantastic, and Debenhams.


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