My Skincare Recommendations: Cleansers at Ulta Beauty

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The first product I’m going to recommend is Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Cleanser Daily Foaming Wash. I bought this on a recommendation from a Kate Somerville rep. She was at the store offering customers free mini facials. Of course, I heard free and was all for it.

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The Ulta Beauty website describes the cleanser as “gentle enough for daily use and designed to maximize the benefits of Kate’s #1 best-selling ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment.” The cleanser:

  • Removes surface impurities, oil, and makeup
  • Refines the appearance of skin texture drying it out.
  • Refreshes, softens, and conditions skin
  • Reduces the appearance of pores.

Key Ingredients include glycolic and lactic acid, which helps with the reducing pores and clearing out buildup on the skin. It also contains pineapple, pumpkin and papaya enzymes, which help to gently exfoliate without over-drying and leaves the skin feeling soft and moisturized. 

I definitely feel like this is true. When I use it, my skin feels clean and not stripped. Even when I’m doing a deep cleanse, I do about twice a week. This cleanser has 5 stars on and retails for $38.00.


Photo by Christin Hume on Unsplash

The next product I recommend is The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash. This cleanser is infused with tea tree oil and is designed to help fight breakouts with each use. It removes impurities and excess oil while leaving skin feeling refreshed and purified.

The only issue I had with this product is that it was a bit drying for my skin. Tea Tree Oil is a plant extract that is commonly used to help treat acne. If you are interested in trying this product, definitely do some research about the oil. Researching any product you are interested in is the best thing you can do to avoid making any skin condition you have worse.

For me, I slathered tea tree oil on my face. I mixed it into my cleanser and my moisturizer. I thought it would help my acne, but it made it worse. A Sephora employee told me my skin was irritated from the tea tree oil. the most important thing for acne is to make sure your skin is not being irritated and it is properly moisturized. The way I was able to help my flareups were:

  • cutting out tea tree oil
  • getting a good moisturizer
  • finding a cleanser that helped with inflammation


Face washes with tea tree oil are a great way to unclog pores from oils and dirt. But, to reiterate, use these products with caution. Body Shop’s Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash is a part of a line of tea tree oil products and the retail price is $18.00.


Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Now, I’ve never personally used this next product, but I’ve seen it recommended by so many people and it has an almost 5-star rating on CeraVe Foaming Face Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin has three essential ceramides (1, 3, 6-II) and cleanses and removes oil without disrupting the protective skin barrier. This cleanser also includes:


  • Hyaluronic acid (moisture)
  • Niacinamide (calming)

This cleanser is also non-comedogenic, which means it won’t clog your pores and is non-irritating. One thing that stands out to me about this product is that cleans your skin without “over-stripping it or leaving it feeling tight and dry.” This is the one thing I look for in a cleanser because of my experience with my skin being dried out. 


Photo by Mukesh Sharma on Unsplash

The next cleanser I recommend is Dermalogica’s Clearing Skin Wash. I know this brand has a variety of cleansers and it was recommended by Jackie Aina. This particular product claims to be a “non-irritating, naturally-foaming cleanser that helps clear skin and reduce visible skin aging.” I’m definitely looking into trying a cleanser from this brand when I have the money for it.

The Clearing Skin Wash also contains Salicylic Acid, which is a Beta Hydroxy Acid and stimulates natural exfoliation to clear clogged follicles and smooth away a dull appearance in the skin. The menthol and camphor in the cleanser help cool inflammation. It focuses on shrinking the appearance of pores and blemishes while helping with oiliness.

The great thing about Dermalogica is that Ulta offers skin treatments using products from the brand. Ulta recommends that “first-time Dermalogica users visit an authorized skin treatment professional for a client consultation in an ULTA store.” These consultations help customers figure out which products will best suit their needs.


Photo by Tim Bish on Unsplash

This next cleanser is a new product I’ve tried. It is Pacifica’s Rose Kombucha Flower Powered Face Wash. This product is designed to help fight the signs of aging. “One of the best defenses against aging is clean skin, it gently removes makeup, oil, and impurities.” It is light-foaming and sulfate-free. It helps balance and refresh skin whiling bringing “luminous complexion at any age.”

The key ingredients are rose and kombucha, which is a fermented tea. I use this cleanser in the morning and I love the subtle rose smell. It lathers up nicely and does not dry out my combination skin. It leaves my skin feeling hydrated and clean. This cleanser has a 5-star rating and retails for $10.00. (I also definitely recommend the Pacifica brand in general. Their body sprays are amazing!)


Photo by Dan Watson on Unsplash

I am no means an expert on what people should use for their skin. I do a lot of research and I’ve used a good number of products from different brands. I recommend trying products at Ulta because they not only have high-end brands, but they also have way more affordable options. Here are a few of their top-rated facial cleansers under $20:

  • Neutrogena – Rapid Wrinkle Repair Prep Cleanser. $8.99 (frequently on sale)
  • Jack Black – Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser: $19.99 (small size)
  • Boscia – Charcoal Jelly Ball Cleanser: $20.00
  • Belli – Anti-Blemish Facial Wash (Online Only)
  • La Roche Posay – Effaclar Medicated Gel Cleanser for Acne Prone Skin: $14.99
  • Pacifica – Coconut Milk Cream to Foam Face Wash: $5.00


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1 Comment

  1. I’ve been using a Pacifica face oil and I really like it. I usually get their stuff at Target. Maybe I’ll try the face wash after I finish my Milky Jelly Cleanser.

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