foundations for combination skin
best eyebrow products
Fenty Beauty
top matte lipsticks
vegan concealers
Home>Blog>10 Best Face Washes for Glowing Skin

10 Best Face Washes for Glowing Skin

MIRA BEAUTY • updated Dec 15, 2020
10 Best Face Washes for Glowing Skin

Cleanse and brighten your skin with these face washes

Face wash is one of the more simple steps in your skin care routine, but arguably the most important. Your moisturizers and exfoliators need a clean and smooth canvas to do their best work, and you’ve probably been using a cleanser to rinse away oil, sweat, and makeup since you were a tween or teenager.

But now that you’re an adult, your priorities have changed… and you need a face wash that doesn’t just clean but also creates gorgeous, glowing skin. Not to mention fades dark spots and dullness while balancing out your skin tone.

Sometimes the drugstore products you’ve been using for years can do the trick, but you should also know about all the brightening skin care saviors like AHA’s + BHA’s, Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid and Licorice Extract… designed to work with your other glowing skincare products to brighten up your complexion - no loose glitter or highlighter required.

Here are our favorite cleansers that show you how to make your skin glow!

Soy Face Cleanser by Fresh, $42

Soy Face Cleanser by Fresh
Source: Fresh

“This product is a God send! I love how gentle and non drying it is. It cleans off makeup no problem while also leaving that nice clean feeling. It’s very balancing to the skin and I have zero complaints!” For those who like to go a little glam each day, this cleanser is for you. It melts the makeup right off your face - without making a mess or drying out your skin. In fact, it provides all the hydration you need while infusing your skin with soothing and brightening ingredients. Amino acid-rich soy proteins help maintain your skin’s elasticity, making it ideal for mature skin or those hoping to get an early start on their anti-aging routine, while producing a supple, youthful glow. Cucumber extract further soothes the skin, as Rosewater calms down your complexion and balances out your skin’s tone and texture. If you couldn’t tell, this cleanser is a favorite for sensitive skin, and does all the things that a face wash should do to actual perfection: smooth, tone, balance, and brighten.

Brightening Cleanser by Indie Lee, $34

Brightening Cleanser by Indie Lee
Source: Indie Lee

You never realize the sweetness of strawberries until you apply them all over your face… are we right? Don’t worry, it’s not as messy as it sounds, as we’re talking about this sweet-smelling cleanser that enriches your skin with vitamins and natural oils. Brightening Cleanser is packed with Strawberry Seed Oil, rich in Vitamins A, B, C, E, and Omega 3 to protect, hydrate, and brighten. Keeping it in the family of fruit, you’ll also get Tomato Extracts (or Lycopene) that act as gentle exfoliants, removing the dead skin and impurities to bring your glow back when you need it most. Hydrolyzed Wheat Proteins balance moisture, and Coconut and sunflower oils remove makeup while staying gentle on the skin. Phew, that may seem like a lot of ingredients in one cleanser… but just know they’re all working together to hydrate, smooth, and brighten your skin - according to top MIRA ratings in all categories!

One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser With Orange Extract by Clarins, $38

One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser With Orange Extract by Clarins
Source: Clarins

Orange you glad that this face wash exists? We sure are. Dad jokes aside, the One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser by Clarins is everything. Orange extract is the star ingredient - softening, refreshing, and bringing radiance to your complexion… even if you’ve previously dealt with roughness or dull skin. Moringa helps your skin become even more soft and smooth as you wash away makeup and oil, and Silica Exfoliating Beads go even further to remove the dead cells, oil, and impurities that cause clogged pores. Clears away every bit of last night’s foundation while hydrating the skin, clearing up acne and leaving you with a fresh citrus scent? Don’t mind if we do. All of these things make it one of the best glowing skincare products on MIRA - with perfect ratings for gentleness, minimizing pores, and brightness.

AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser by Murad, $39

AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser by Murad
Source: Murad

AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acids) and BHA’s (beta hydroxy acid) are two of the most trendy skin care ingredients around, but many aren’t 100% clear on what they actually do. These refer to exfoliating and complexion-smoothing acids (think glycolic, lactic, salicylic and citric) that reach deep into the skin to clear your pores and leave you with an even tone and glowing skin. If these ingredients sound amazing, that’s because they are... and you’ll uncover the power of both AHA’s and BHA’s with this cleanser by Murad. It contains three exfoliating agents - salicylic acid, lactic acid, and glycolic acid - to loosen buildup of oil, debris, and leftover makeup underneath the skin, while jojoba beads gently exfoliate and leave you with natural radiance. Think about the glowing skin you get after a facial, but amplified by about a million. That’s just how good this cleanser is, with MIRA guests saying that it’s anti-aging, good for acne, pore minimizing and ultra-brightening.

Superfood Cleanser by Youth to the People, $36

Superfood Cleanser by Youth to the People
Source: Youth to the People

Meet your new favorite cleanser that’s basically the definition of green beauty - made with cold-pressed antioxidants to cleanse, purify, and brighten your skin. Kale doesn’t just belong in your smoothie, it’s also rich in phytonutrients and vitamins C, E, and K that leave you with glowing skin. You’ll also get a little help from Spinach, the lightweight skin-soother with cooling properties and essentially fatty acids to condition and nourish, plus powerhouse antioxidant Green Tea to reduce signs of aging and protect against environmental damage. While it’s beloved by all skin types, the Superfood Cleanser is especially helpful for those with combination skin, helping to balance out skin tone and refine pores even when your complexion can’t seem to make up its mind. Pair this cleanser with other products from Youth to the People, like the Air Whip Moisture Cream and Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream, to uncover the power of clean beauty and give your skin a major glow up.

Essential-C Cleanser by Murad, $40

Essential-C Cleanser by Murad
Source: Murad

Vitamins don’t just lead to strong bones and a healthy lifestyle, like your parents used to tell you as a kid, they also lead to glowing skin! Essential-C has a trio of all your favorite vitamins - A to condition, C to brighten and protect against free radical damage, and E to nourish and relieve dryness. You need a cleanser that removes every last impurity without stripping your skin of its natural sparkle, and Murad does just that with this nutrient-rich formula. The foaming gel is extremely gentle on all skin types, and also contains Phospholipids and Sodium PCA to hydrate and bind moisture to the skin, plus Allantoin and Panthenol to soften and relax even the most stressed skin. Murad is one of our favorite beauty brands for glowing skincare products, with a lineup of serums, moisturizers, and cleansers that add a boost of brightness while keeping your skin healthy and hydrated. Once you add Essential-C to your beauty routine, you may or may not (hint: you will) be tempted to go buy every product in the Murad lineup.

Green Apple Brightening Gel Cleanser by Juice Beauty, $28

Green Apple Brightening Gel Cleanser by Juice Beauty
Source: Juice Beauty

“I've tried everything from Neutrogena and Clean & Clear to Proactiv and Curology to very, very high-end systems like La Mer and Lancer. Juice Beauty cured my acne, balanced my skin, and evened-out my skin tone. This BRAND is AMAZING.” Now THAT is a MIRA review! And it’s really not exaggerating about the effectiveness of this gel cleanser, which is made with organic botanical juices, sugar cane hydroxy-acids, and plant-based cleansers to brighten and beautify.  Organic raw cane sugar exfoliates and refines to pull impurities from the skin, Algae hydrates and nourishes, and antioxidant-rich organic lemon (citric acid) and apple (malic acid) give your skin a boost of extreme brightness. As one of the best glowing skincare products inspired by your favorite fruit, the Green Apple Brightening Gel Cleanser is a sweet treat for your skin that you’ll love using every morning and night.

The Microdelivery Exfoliating Facial Wash by Philosophy, $42

The Microdelivery Exfoliating Facial Wash by Philosophy
Source: Philosophy

“You have to use this. It’s been my saving grace for enlarged pores and getting a deep clean! Worth every penny.” When you want to achieve the glowing skin of your dreams, simply washing the makeup and oil off the surface of your face isn’t going to cut it. You need an exfoliating product that reaches into your pores and deep cleans with nourishing ingredients, like The Microdelivery. Called the "30-second cleansing mini peel," this face wash is formulated with micro-exfoliating beads to gently buff away dead skin cells and impurities to reveal your most glowing skin - while also providing a boost of moisture, removing blemishes, and evening out your skin tone. Some MIRA reviews even say it has anti-aging abilities and can help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles! Talk about the ideal face wash for glowing skin that takes your complexion to the next level.

Pure Clay Detox & Brighten Cleanser by L’Oreal, $13

Pure Clay Detox & Brighten Cleanser by L’Oreal
Source: L'Oreal

Clay, all day. Anybody with oily skin understands the beauty of this exfoliating ingredient, which draws impurities from deep within the skin and helps to bring your glowing skin back to life. We’re talking dead skin, oil, makeup, and even the most stubborn blackheads. This mask does it all - brightens, refines, smooths, and hydrates, all thanks to a mix of pure clays and charcoal. And before you express concern about too much exfoliation drying out your skin, the Pure Clay Detox also contains Glycerin to lock in moisture and keep your complexion feeling smooth, soft, and stunning. Say goodbye to dull skin, blackheads, and large pores as this soothing cleanser joins your lineup of glowing skincare products.

Exfolikate Cleanser Daily Foaming Wash by Kate Somerville, $38

Exfolikate Cleanser Daily Foaming Wash by Kate Somerville
Source: Kate Somerville

“If you wear a lot of makeup, do a double cleanse before bed to fully clear skin and prep it for the rest of your PM regime.” Wise words from Kate Somerville herself about this cleanser, and she’s definitely speaking our glam girl (and guy!) language. Melt off every bit of face powder and blush with this powerful cleanser, formulated with Papaya, Pineapple, and Pumpkin enzymes to enhance your skin’s natural exfoliation process without over-drying. Meanwhile, a dose of Glycolic and Lactic acids clear buildup on the surface of the skin and refine your complexion. The result? The most glowing skin, ever. But what else could you expect from Kate Somerville and her Exfolikate line? Shop more serums and moisturizers from this collection to give your skin a healthy glow like never before.

Shop more all the best cleansers and face washes to get radiant glowing skin on MIRA BEAUTY today.