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Cleansers come in a wide variety of textures and formulations, from oil, gel, cream to balm, and most of us probably have one that we swear by.

However, recently powder cleanser has been all the talk, as more and more brands, Western and Asian alike, are coming out with their own version.

So what exactly is powder cleanser and how does it work? Is it legit or just a gimmick? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

Here’s a rundown on this fascinating formula, so you can decide whether to jump on the bandwagon and try it for yourself.

What is a powder cleanser?

Powder cleanser is exactly what it sounds like: a cleansing product in powder form, which foams up when mixed with water. It typically contains ingredients such as rice bran, oats or seeds that are finely milled to give the product gentle exfoliating properties. You can add more water to create more of a creamy foam for a light wash, or hold back on the water to give it a bit of a grittier texture.

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Why do some people prefer using a powder cleanser?

The biggest advantage of powder cleanser has to be its convenience factor, which especially comes in handy when you travel. No more fussing around with TSA-approved containers or having to check in your luggage. You can bring as much of your powder cleanser onto the plane as you wish! And compared to other non-liquid cleansers like cleansing balms, powder is more lightweight and takes up less space in your bag.

Aside from being travel-friendly, some powder cleansers contain plant-based enzymes, which break down dull, dead skin cells and serve as a gentle exfoliant, making it particularly suitable for sensitive skin. The 2-in-1 cleansing and exfoliating properties mean you potentially save an additional step in your skincare routine, which is something we can all appreciate!

How to use a powder cleanser

Put about a teaspoon of cleansing powder onto your palm. Slowly add in water and lather up into a creamy foam (you can use a foaming net for even more foamy action!). Gentle massage onto your face in a circular motion before rinsing with lukewarm water.

Recommendations: Best powder cleansers to try

If you are thinking of giving powder cleansers a try, here are some products you might want to consider:

FANCL Facial Washing Powder

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The FANCL Facial Washing Powder contains agar and rice starch, which clear up dirt and impurities from your pores. The gentle and preservative-free formula doesn’t irritate or leave your skin feeling tight after washing.

Best for: people with sensitive skin and clogged pores

The FANCL Facial Washing Powder retails for SGD26 per 50g bottle, available at Fancl counters.

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Clinique Fresh Pressed Renewing Powder Cleanser With Pure Vitamin C

Powder Cleanser Clinique

Available in individual packets, the Clinique Fresh Pressed Renewing Powder Cleanser With Pure Vitamin C is another convenient option for people who are constantly on the go. The ultra-fine powder with 10% pure vitamin C gently exfoliates the skin and brightens your complexion at the same time. And yet, despite the potent active ingredients, the formula is gentle enough for daily usage.

Best for: people looking for a daily cleanser with brightening effect

The Clinique Fresh Pressed Renewing Powder Cleanser With Pure Vitamin C retails for SGD40 for 28 packets, available at Sephora and Clinique counters.

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Suisai Beauty Clear Powder

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The Suisai Beauty Clear Powder is individually packed into little hexagonal capsules, making it an ideal choice for tossing into your gym bag or packing into your carry-on when travelling. The amount in each capsule is just right for one use, not too much that you waste product, nor too little that you can’t lather it up properly to wash your entire face.

You can read our in-depth article where our editor and readers shared their reviews of the Suisai Beauty Clear Powder.

Best for: travellers or gym-goers

The Suisai Beauty Clear Powder retails for SGD27 for a 32-capsule pack, available at Welcia-BHG, Don Don Donki, and Watsons.

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Orbis Powder Wash +

Powder Cleanser Orbis

The Orbis Powder Wash + contains two different enzymes that thoroughly remove sebum and keratin from your pores, giving your skin a clean and smooth texture. The powder is 100% free of fragrance, oil, and artificial colours, making it an ideal product for people with very sensitive skin.

Best for: people with sensitive skin looking for a deep cleansing product

The Orbis Powder Wash + retails for $25 per 50g bottle, available at their boutiques and on their website.

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IRÉN Start Afresh Daily Enzyme Powder Wash

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The IRÉN Start Afresh Daily Enzyme Powder Wash contains Japanese Rice Bran with soothing enzymes and antioxidant properties, which thoroughly cleanses and gently exfoliates your skin at the same time. The hyaluronic acid and sorbitol in the ingredients provide moisture and hydration to the skin, so that you can use this cleanser on a daily basis without worrying about drying out your skin.

Best for: people looking for a daily cleanser with gentle exfoliating properties

IRÉN Start Afresh Daily Enzyme Powder Wash retails for SGD35 on Lazada, Shopee, and their website.

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