This Cleanser Noticeably Changed My Skin for Less than $10

At 25, I'm relying on the same brand I relied on at 15. Maybe I actually don't have commitment issues! (I do, though.)
Publish date:
January 25, 2016
sensitive skin, Garnier, cleanser

Let's talk about Garnier for a second, as I feel they're one of the most under-praised brands in the biz. Started in 1904 as Laboratoires Garnier in France, Garnier has been a L'Oreal property since the 1970s. I first got to know the brand as a young teen, when I began attempting to tame my mane of big, frizzy, wild-girl curls with Garnier's hair products that I stole from my mom's bathroom counter.

Nowadays, the faintest whiff of Garnier's Sleek & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum sends me on a nostalgia trip faster than you can say "I wore braces for six years and was not cute until I was maybe 24." I'm not sure my hair has ever been "sleek" or "shiny," as the brand's products promised, but Garnier was my go-to haircare brand throughout most of my teenage years.

When I was a little older, Garnier branched out into the skincare world and I was an eager adopter. While I haven't tried all of their face products, I've been a big fan of their Clearly Brighter Anti-Puff Eye Roller and Skin Renew Dark Spot Treatment Mask for years. Garnier was actually the first brand to introduce me to sheet masks! Look how far I've come.

So I guess it should have been no surprise to me when I discovered my new OG cleanser in the Garnier section of CVS a few months ago.

Rarely, if ever, do I purchase skincare products on a whim, but I serendipitously grabbed this stuff after moving into my new apartment and realizing I somehow had no cleanser.

I've written before about my skin's turn-for-the-worse in the past year, but here's a quick recap:

Now, in the more recent couple of months, I've really turned a corner on the whole life sucks thing. Shoutout to gainful employment, eating vegetables, and getting enough sleep! I kind of had this idea that once I got my life sorted out, my skin would magically clear up as well. In some ways, it was true! A decrease in stress definitely helped with the breakouts.

But my skin issues persisted. Acne, dullness, and scarring, oh my. I was beginning to lose hope and just embrace my life as a zit-riddled corporate sellout when Garnier Clean + Gentle Clarifying Cleansing Gel Cleanser found its way into my medicine cabinet and my heart.

Over the past few years, my skin has become increasingly reactive, so I turn more and more to products designated for "sensitive skin." Garnier's newest cleanser is specially formulated to be gentle on the most princess-y of skin, like mine. This cleansing gel is super-lightweight and fragrance-free, which my face loves. When mixed with a little water and applied, it forms a small bit of cooling, smooth lather that easily removes your makeup and calms any redness.

After rinsing, my skin feels very clean, but not tight or dry. I still use a pretty intensive moisturizing routine afterwards (duh) but I don't feel like Garnier's cleanser is stripping my skin down, which some products can do.

I've been using this cleanser for a couple of months now and have noticed a definite improvement in my skin. If you're looking for a product that's friendly for both sensitive skin and sensitive wallets, I highly recommend this number.

  • Have any of y'all tried Garnier's skincare products? Or this cleanser specifically?
  • Are there any beauty or skincare brands you've been loyal to for years and years and years? Garnier and I are celebrating our tin anniversary this year!