I’m a bit of cleanser freak; I tend to have around 3 on rotations at any time plus a bottle of micellar water on hand. I’ve found that cleaning the skin is the most important thing I can do to make sure nothing nasty happens. I’ve got dehydrated skin so anything foaming is a huge no-no for me, but I also need something that can remove the slightly excessive amount of makeup I tend to apply (Is 2 primers a lot? 3 mixed foundations a bit much? hah). These are the ones currently working for me and my fall-winter skin.
The Bioderma Sensibio (was Crealine) H2O Micellar Water first entered my life when I was 20, I was in Paris staying with a friend who was interning in fashion at the time and was told “They use this stuff backstage”. I bought two bottles and was hooked, it’s been 5 years of joy with the stuff. I’m a contact wearer and love my mascara, so something that will remove it with no irritation or slick oils entering my contacts is a blessing. I like to first remove my eye makeup if I’ve been wearing quite a bit and this stuff takes it off nice and easy. I’ll stop blathering about it since you know the internet already has.
I was first introduced to cleansing oils by the BodyShop’s Camomile Cleansing Oil – which is nice but a little stripping for me. Then I heard about the Una Brennan Superfacialist Vitamin C+ Brighten Skin Renew Cleansing Oil and at first sniff it was love, with it’s citrusy scent and super soft feel this is the oil to try. I massage a few drops onto dry skin to remove any makeup then add water to emulsify and wipe away with a damp flannel. If it’s been a very makeup heavy day I just go in for a second round, or if it’s morning bask in the energising scent it has. I’ve been on the same bottle for a while now with barely a dent made – but I do use other cleansers as well.
This one from ten is a fairly new addition to the line up – I got it in the Grab&Go set and decided to try it out. I usually stay away from Gel cleansers (other than the Oskia one) since they tend to foam and dry my skin but this one doesn’t. The REN Rose Centifolia Cleansing Gel is a nice light cleanser with a gentle rose scent that comes out as a gel and when rubbed between the hands becomes a milky almost foamy consistency. I’ve found this to be a great morning cleanser for days when I’ve gone a bit mad with the overnight masks and there’s a bit too much moisture on top of the skin. It’s a good makeup remover as well – just stay away from the eyes! It’d best suit normal to dry skin types I’d say.
This was my first foray into hot cloth cleansers – and what a better way to go the route than with a cult product? The Liz Earl Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser is a seriously amazing product. It removes everything in one fell swoop of a hot muslin cloth without stripping or drying out the skin. I love this for cold days when I’ve been running around town and my face feels like the smoggy bus exhaust fumes have firmly lodged themselves into my skin, and my makeup has adhered to them too making for one very gross feeling. I just massage this in, wet the muslin cloth in hot water and melt it all off. A quick buff of the muslin cloth and it feels like your face is yours and not the smogs. This will feel amazing if you wear a full face, live in the city and suffer from cold weather.
Those are the cleansers I’ve currently got on rotation – what cleansers are you loving at the moment?