10 jelly cleansers that leave skin soft - not stripped

27 January 2020
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The 10 best jelly cleansers

When it comes to K-Beauty, there are a number of products we’re obsessed with - hair sheet masks , cushion foundations ...and most recently, jelly cleansers.

Thicker than a cleansing oil, thinner than a cleansing balm, they’re characterised by their more gelatinous textures, conditioning ingredients (dry skin types will be particularly drawn to them) and chameleon-like formulas that can switch from jelly to milk with just a splash of water. A new beauty category that’s picking up pace, here are our favourites.

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Ren Perfect Canvas Clean Jelly Oil Cleanser, £25 for 100ml

Best for: Clean beauty fans

This oil-based gel transforms into a milky cleanser when you add water to it, deftly removing makeup and SPF and ridding your complexion of pollution too. One cleanse is enough to leave your face feeling fresh, and you only need to use a washcloth to wipe off too so there's no need to feel guilty about adding cotton pads to landfill. The packaging is 50 per cent post-consumer recycled as well, for more ethical points.

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Plenaire Rose Jelly Makeup Remover, £16 for 30ml

Best for: Back-to-basics skincare

Plenaire launched in the UK in 2019  and threatened to steal Glossier's millennial pink crown - but we for one have room for both the brands on our bathroom shelf. This cleanser rapidly dissolves makeup with minimal water - just apply to a full-face of makeup, add water and watch the formula turn into rose-coloured milk that's almost too pretty to wash off.

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Drunk Elephant Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser, £27 for 150ml

Best for: Vegans

Drunk Elephant remains one of the most anticipated brands to launch in recent years, so we certainly were ready for this jelly. Mild cleansers and makeup dissolving emollients work together to rinse away makeup, impurities and oil, leaving skin soft and smooth. The clear jelly froths up into a rich foam for a super-satisfying clean that is suitable for vegans.

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ELF Bounce Back Jelly Cleanser Clear, £7 for 100ml

Best for: Skincare on a budget

This non-foaming jelly delivers a gentle, non-foaming cleanse that leaves the face feeling clean and pampered with absolutely no tightness. It's a no-frills product, and that's what we love about it.

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Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser, £15 for 177ml

Best for: A soothing cleanse

This conditioning jelly cleanser transforms into a silky milk when mixed with water to leave skin soft and smooth. Containing poloxamer, the same ingredient found in contact lens solution, as well as glyceryl cocoate to break down makeup and grime, it’s gentle yet thorough. Furthermore, a quarter of the water content is replaced with soothing rosewater to help reduce redness (exactly what’s needed in the current cold climate) and it’s also fragrance-free  too to keep risk of irritation to a minimum.

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Katherine Daniels Miracle Cleansing Jelly, £25 for 100ml

Best for: Makeup removal

This pick comes with a micro-cloth to help remove end-of-day makeup and dirt. Transforming from jelly to oil to milk, it’s as effective on your foundation as it is your eyeliner and leaves skin squeaky clean but not stripped thanks to the inclusion of rice bran oil, plant extracts, sunflower oil coconut and glycerine on its ingredients label. It’s also fragrance-free and its packaging, airless - a welcome bonus to ensure it keeps for longer while also reducing wastage too.

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Origins Skin Cleansing Makeup Remover Jelly, £19.50 for 100ml

Best for: Dry to combination skin

Dry to combination skin types will reap most rewards from this particular jelly thanks to its texture and mixture of hydrators such as sunflower oil and skin soothers such as willowherb. Lightweight and refreshing, it sloughs through dullness, boosts radiance and leaves skin softer and more supple.

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The Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Cleansing Oil-in-gel, £12 for 100ml

Best for: Really dry skin

Containing over 30 per cent pure oils, this vegan cleanser is the perfect treat for parched skin. Richer than the others in this edit, its balmy texture (definitely jelly-like despite its name), spreads like butter on skin, transforming into a light milk when emulsified with water. Plus, its ingredients list reads like a travelling wishlist - black cumin oil from Egypt, rosehip oil from Chile, camelia oil from China and Community Trade organic olive oil from Italy...its boasts one of the most exotic blends on this list.

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Waso Quick Gentle Cleanser, £24 for 150ml

Best for: Combination skin

Who says you need water to whip up a foam? This oil-free  and alcohol-free  cleanser does it by itself, transforming from jelly to lather in a matter of seconds to gently lift away makeup and impurities. Enriched with honey and royal jelly for a more caring cleanse, it leaves skin refreshed but hydrated - very clever stuff indeed.

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Neutrogena Clear and Soothe Jelly Micellar Makeup Remover, £3.99 for 200ml

Best for: Spot-prone skin

If you suffer with break-outs, chances are you've tried something from Neutrogena before. This landed in early 2020 and is aimed specifically for people with oily, spot-prone skin. Despite harnessing the power of turmeric, this gel is clear, but the wonder-spice has strong anti-inflammatory powers to soothe agitated skin.

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