Powder Cleansers are Everywhere—Would You Try One?

Powder Cleansers Are Everywhere. Would You Try One?(Source: Diptique, Bliss, QVC; Diptique Radiance Boosting Powder, $58; Blisslabs Active 99.0 Refining Powder Cleanser, $60; Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder, $65)Until recently, the only powder cleanser on our radar was the green cylinder of Comet we keep underneath the kitchen sink. And let's just say it's a far cry from the gentle, mineral-packed facial cleansing powders that have been infiltrating beauty shelves of late. Yet another straight-from-Korea skincare trend, the fine, flour-like formulas look a lot like talc. But add a splash of water and rub your hands together, and you've got a suds-free exfoliating cleanser that buffs skin smooth.
Powder Cleansers Are Everywhere. Would You Try One?(Source: E.L.F. Mineral Facial Cleanser, $8)Yes, the add-your-own-water concept is neat (and so is the fact that the liquid-free formulas are thus totally TSA-friendly). But the real draw is the all-star ingredient list boasted by many of the powder cleansers on the market today. Blisslab's Refining Powder Cleanser ($60), for instance, combines the skin-sloughing power of a sodium bicarbonate powder with complexion-brightening arbutin and moisturizing hyaluronic acid. Diptique's Radiance Boosting Powder ($58) features purifying natural white clay powder and a mix of rose, jasmine and neroli petals (no wonder it smells divine). And Tatcha's Polished Rice Enzyme Powder ($65) gets its skin-refining prowess from finely ground rice bran. 

Each of these powder cleansers offer the sort of gentle, soft exfoliation that those terrible, clunky microbeads could never quite deliver. And we were happy to discover there's even a budget-friendly version on the market, too. At just $8, e.l.f.'s Mineral Facial Cleanser—a paraben-free powder packed with aloe, green tea and vitamin E—is gentle on your face and your wallet.

So, would you try a powder cleanser? Let us know, below!
Poll: Would You Try a Powder Cleanser?
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  • Sure, why not?
  • No thanks. I'll stick to my regular suds.