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I have been traveling a lot this summer and my skin has been acting a little persnickety because of all the different climates that I have been in. My face has been more shiny and oily than usual from all the summer heat and humidity on the East Coast, and it just feels dirtier and has been breaking out more than usual. For all these reasons, I have been gravitating towards more refreshing, deep cleaning, and minty type face cleansers in order to combat the annoying summer stickiness that I have been feeling on my skin. Following are the cleansers that I have been especially enjoying this summer:

Tammy Fender Purifying Cleansing Gel Spearmint & Afalfa  This is a clarifying, oxygenating and energizing cleanser that contains Moroccan Rosemary and Tangerine essential oils that gently and effectively remove impurities, oxygenate the skin and support cell nourishment. The cleanser also contains licorice which helps brighten the skin; alfalfa which is high in chlorophyll, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium which help to promote healing; and peppermint to detoxify, energize, and increase lymph circulation.

I fell in love with this beautifully made cleanser the first time I tried it because you can really feel the high quality, acitve and good for your ingredients. I really like its honey-like texture (but not sticky), how it coats the skin in minty coolness, gently cleanses and removes the gunk of the day and it leaves my skin refreshed, cool and supple. A new fav!

Osea Ocean Cleansing Mudd This is a marine-based daily cleanser that removes impurities while clearing up blemishes and controlling excess oil production. It contains red algae, laminaria and green algae, all highly concentrated in vitamins and minerals which help exfoliate, purify clogged pores and leaves the skin smooth and invigorated. It also contains tea tree oil which helps promote a healthy pH balance and improves the skins appearance. This is a more intense, minty feeling mud cleanser that really gets rid of dirt and oil and wakes up the skin. I have been using this fabulous new cleanser after my long SoCal summer hikes where my skin gets coated with dirt and dust, and it really does the job. I probably wouldn’t use this cleanser if you have sensitive skin or in the dry winter months, but for me it’s the perfect summertime deep cleanse.

Origins Zero Oil Deep Pore Cleanser This is a strong yet gentle foaming cleanser that contains skin clearing Saw Palmetto, cooling mint, and salicylic acid which helps clear pores, eliminates excess oil and reduces shine. Kudos to Origins for making this wonderful new cleanser that leaves skin tingly and refreshed! I also really like the Origins Zero Oil-Free Moisture Lotion in this line because it contains the same key ingredients as the cleanser and it also creates a refreshing smooth matte finish. It’s a refreshing summer product duo!

Dermelect Detoxifying Oxygen Facial Commission Cleanser This innovative cleanser is three products in one: a non-stripping foaming cleanser, an oxygenating facial masque and a deep cleaning toner. This cleanser re-energizes, revitalizes,  brightens, and hydrates your skin all at once. I dig how you activate this cleanser with water and then it turns turns into a wonderfully bubbly foam that releases oxygen molecules and purifiers that instantly detoxify and invigorate your skin. I love how fresh, hydrated and rejuvenated my skin looks and feels after using this product. It’s a keeper for sure!

Garnier Moisture Rescue Fresh Cleansing Foam This is a refreshing cleanser that cleans, detoxifies, eliminates impurities, and hydrates the skin. I am not typically a mass product girl, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this cleanser and how fresh and clean it made my skin feel. If you want great budget friendly cleanser that smells fresh, effectively eliminates impurities and leaves your skin feeling hydrated afterward, this is a must try! I am also loving the combination of this cleanser with another unexpectedly appealing product in the line Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream. This is a wonderfully lightweight oil-free gel that locks in moisture, blocks out dryness and delivers long-lasting hydration. I like its sea fresh smell, how it instantly absorbs yet it keeps my skin hydrated all day, and that it’s the perfect weight and texture for my sticky congested summer skin.

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  1. I’ve been using Garnier’s lightweight SPF 15 lotion for about a month now; especially in humidity, it beats that school-paste feeling I get from more traditional SPFs. (I’m talking to you, Neutrogena.) The Refreshing Gel Cream is my new favorite, though — I put it on right before I’m going out and I look like I just had a facial. Which reminds me…I could really use a facial.

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