Here Are the Hottest New Face Wash Trends

We got the dirt on the fresh crop of tailored-to-you cleansers.

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Mike Garten

The GH Beauty Lab breaks down four new ways to wash your face — and reveals their top-pick products.

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Double-Duty Cleansing Waters
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Mike Garten

They're called "micellar waters" (micelle refers to surfactant clusters), but you don't need water to wash your face with them. Dispense the clear liquid onto a cotton pad, then swipe on skin to get rid of makeup and cleanse in one step — no rinsing required.

Lab lowdown: In evaluations for the GH Seal, Lab scientists confirmed that both micellar waters below removed makeup effectively without drying out skin.

GH top picks: GH Seal holders Garnier All-in-1 Micellar Cleansing Water, $7, ; La Roche-Posay Micellar Water, $20,

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Purifying Powder Cleansers
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Mike Garten

These innovative powder formulas lather up when you mix them with water in your hands, cleansing and gently buffing skin.

Lab lowdown: Because the formulas contain no liquid and often have oil-absorbing baking soda, they may be best for deep-cleaning oily or combination complexions.

GH top picks: Bioré Baking Soda Pore Cleanser, $8, ; Nude Skincare Detox Brightening Fizzy Powder Wash, $42,

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Softening Cleansing Sticks
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They may look like fancy deodorant, but these roll-up solid balm sticks actually contain face wash. Wet your face, rub the stick all over, then rinse.

Lab lowdown: Touting natural oils like coconut oil at the top of their ingredient lists, these balm cleansers leave skin soft, not stripped.

GH top picks: Beauty Elements On the Move Cleansing Stick, $28, ; Julep Love Your Bare Face Detoxifying Cleansing Stick, $28,

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All-In-One Portable Pads
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Your face wash, cleansing cloth and exfoliator in a single pocket-size disk. Just add water to release the cleanser, then use the soft side to get rid of grime and the scrubby one to slough.

Lab lowdown: With no spillable liquid, heavy bottle or need for a cloth, the pads are ideal for cleansing and exfoliating any skin type on the go.

GH top pick: Kleenex Exfoliating Cushions, $8 for 12,

This story originally appeared in the July 2016 issue of GolfHr.

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