Power Powders: 6 Facial Cleansing Powders

facial cleansing powders

Put a little muscle behind your complexing cleansing routine.

Stopping dulling cellular build-up in its tracks, facial cleansing powders are the newest superheroes of radiant skin. Part topical exfoliator, part cleanser and part fairy dusty, the latest formulations are packed with innovative and highly effective ingredients. Plus, you can easily integrate one into your daily routine and customize the experience to your needs. Add more water to your powder for a light, daily cleanse or less for a denser, more exfoliating experience. You can even mix the powder in with your own daily gel or oil cleanser for the best of both worlds.

Either way, the beauty of this fresh crop of grime-fighters is that in powder form, they last forever. And more good news: the no-spill powder formulas make the perfect travel companion.

Here are six that are hard to resist.

Blisslabs Active 99.0 Anti-aging Series Refining Powder Cleanser.
A fusion of science of spa, this professional-grade treatment banishes dead skin without sapping skin of moisture. Natural scrubbing agents polish away dullness while arbutin works to reduce the appearance of dark spots and uneven skin tone. Loaded with hyaluronic acid, the cleanser gives skin a final hydration boost. $60 at blissworld.com and Bliss Spa at the W Scottsdale Hotel.

Amarte Daily ExfoliPowder. This two-in-one wonder wash uses a refined, plant-based exfoliant to buff away dead skin cells and impurities. A blend of purified nano-sulfur and arbutin work together to brighten, exfoliate, purify and calm skin while the antioxidant compound Genistein helps prevent DNA damage. $37 at www.amarteskincare.com.

BareMinerals Exfoliating Treatment Cleanser. The science behind this bottle is mindboggling. Formulated with BareMineral’s proprietary RareMinerals ActiveSoil Complex, the powder delivers 72 skin-renewing macro and micro minerals extracted from dense soils around the world. Colloidal oatmeal and natural rice powder sooth skin while yucca extract gives this power powder a frothing action when activated with water. $26 at www.bareescentuals.com and select Ulta stores.

Boscia Tsubaki Oil-Infused Exfoliating Powder. Used for centuries to maintain a youthful complexion in Eastern cultures, Japanese exfoliating powders are traditionally made from dried adzuki bean grains and rice bran. The powder is then transformed into a paste when mixed with oil or water. Boscia (pronounced bō-sha) took the traditional formulation a step further by drying the grains and then coating them in antioxidant-rich Tsubaki oil. The result is a gently exfoliating cleanser that balances, nourishes and protects skin. $36 at www.boscia.com and select Sephora stores.

Josie Maran Argan Exfoliating Cleansing Powder. Finely crushed shells from the argan nut mingle with rice powder to refine and brighten the complexion. Natural antioxidants including tea tree, ginkgo biloba and green tea team up to battle blemishes and blackheads while balancing and renewing skin. Activate the powder with water or with Josie’s cult classic Argan Cleansing Oil for a creamier, luxury spa experience. $40 at www.josiemarancosmetics.com and select Sephora stores.

Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Power C x 30TM Vitamin C Brightening Cleansing Powder. As the name implies, this highly concentrated exfoliating cleanser covers all the bases. The potent Amazonian superfruit, camu camu berry, delivers 30 times more vitamin C than an orange—leaving skin bright and firm while diminishing the appearance of lines and uneven skin tone. Baltic amber exfoliates clogged pores while bamboo and rice powder gently cleans. $45 at www.peterthomasroth.com and select Sephora stores.

Story originally appeared in the April 2015 issue of So Scottsdale magazine.