Cleansing my skin is one of my favourite times of my daily hustle. There is nothing like ridding your face of pollution, dirt and impurities at the end of a long day and it’s one of my top rituals in my beauty routine. True to my nature, I like to experiment with skincare, especially with cleansers. I love discovering new formulations and ingredients, and cleansers that come in a different form or have different ingredients to the usual cleanser we are all familiar with. This post will cover some cleansers that have been on high rotation in my cleansing routine lately for one reason or another.
As a point of reference, my skin is oily-combo, has quite large pores and is prone to the occasional breakout provided my hormones are in check. My usual choice for cleansing leans more towards using an oil or balm as initial cleanse before going in with gel-type cleansers (I’m a double-cleanse girl). Foaming cleansers are also a favourite of mine but can be drying so I am picky about them (my fave is the Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox Foaming Cleanser).
I’ll start off with the cleansers I use as my initial makeup removal step before going in with my second cleanser, the first being a little slice of aromatherapy heaven from Kiehl’s.
KIEHL’S MIDNIGHT RECOVERY CLEANSING OIL
This cleanser appears in a striking deep blue bottle and has the consistency of a very thin oil, almost like water. It’s an essential oil-based cleanser comprising of lavender, evening primrose and coriander seed oil and smells like sleep if you know what I mean, owing to it’s aromatherapy focus. It’s incredibly lightweight which can make it difficult to apply since it runs everywhere quickly, but once you get the hang of it, it’s a wonderful cleansing oil to use. It’s an emulsifying formula which converts to somewhat of a cleansing milk once exposed to water on your skin. Just apply a few pumps and massage into the skin and around the eyes carefully to remove makeup and surface dirt. If you’re paranoid, you can pump it onto a cotton pad to wipe over the eyes for removal of eye makeup. Because of it’s consistency, one pump doesn’t really do much especially if you’re wearing a good amount of makeup – I need about three pumps each go to cleanse to my satisfaction. Surprisingly though, it’s laughing much longer than I expected! This oil leaves a very slight, thin layer of residue and doesn’t dry the skin at all. In fact, I find it quite hydrating. I think this would be a choice cleanser for someone with aggravated and inflamed skin as it does feel very soothing too.
CLINIQUE TAKE THE DAY OFF CLEANSING BALM
Possibly my favourite ‘first cleanse’ cleanser has to be the cult fave Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm. It has a consistency of quite a thick balm, and comes housed in a large container with the signature purple of the Take The Day Off range. While I’m usually not a fan of jar packaging, other packaging options would be impractical for this type of cleanser so I’m okay with it! Just dip your fingers into the jar and scoop out a small amount. There isn’t really a set amount you should use each go, it is a trial and error process to find how much will work for you but for me, I don’t need a lot of this balm to do the job and the jar lasts me ages! Massaging it into the skin allows the heat to soften it into an oil that glides over the skin to dissolve makeup. And boy does it do a good job! Whenever I wear a full coverage foundation, this is my first cleanser of choice, whereas the Kiehl’s oil is more suited to those light makeup days. It’s been tested by ophthalmologists to clear it safe to use around the eyes. If you want a heavy duty cleansing balm without the heavy duty ‘stripped’ feel to the skin, this one is for you. I’m lusting after their Take The Day Off Cleansing Milk after using this.
DERMAVIVE OILY SKIN CLEANSING BAR
Moving onto what I would consider my second cleansers in my double-cleansing routine, the first one up is a cleanser from Dermavive that is totally unique to my collection.
Thanks to my skin type, I prefer cleansers suited for oily skin. Cream cleansers that are usually designed for dry skin are just too heavy for mine. Some oil cleansers would be too if it weren’t for my double cleanse preferences. If you haven’t already guessed it from the name, the Oily Skin Cleansing Bar is unique as it resembles a bar of soap. I haven’t used a cleansing bar for my skin before so this was both unfamiliar and exciting for me. If you’ve read my previous Unorthodox Cleanser post, you’d know I’m a magnet for the strange, interesting and unique.
Using this cleansing bar is as easy as using a bar of soap on your body, just dampen the bar and run it over your skin before massaging it in with your fingers. Or, if you prefer you can run your hands over the bar a few times to pick up product and then apply to your face using your fingers. It lathers up really well into a rich bubble, and smells creamy and comforting thanks to the colloidal oatmeal in the formula (there are no added fragrances). Despite looking like a soap, it is actually ‘soapless’ so don’t worry about it being too drying or harsh on your skin. Besides the oatmeal, it has salicylic and lactic to help with oily and acne prone skin and to help resurface thanks to the lactic acid.
The thing I love about this bar is its multi-use property, not only can you use it on your face, but it’s safe and effective enough to use on the rest of your body making it a good choice for those also suffering from acne and oily skin on their chest, arms and back. Despite being designed for oily skin, my skin doesn’t feel stripped or ‘too clean’ which I really appreciate. Being a bar, it does get used up fairly quickly and you do have to keep it dry after use, but overall I really enjoyed using this cleanser and will be helpful for people who want to target the face and body in one product.
ELUCENT ANTI-AGEING GENTLE CLEANSER
I find during Winter my skin needs more frequent exfoliation than in Summer, but I don’t always prefer a physical exfoliant. Using daily cleansers with a low concentration of chemical exfoliants are a good way to ensure you’re always putting your best skin forward. This Anti-Ageing Gentle Cleanser from Elucent has a combination of AHA’s in a 2% concentration (1% lactic acid, 1% glycolic acid) which my skin LOVES. Glycolic acid always works really well for my skin. Even though I still need to do a proper physical exfoliation once or twice a week, this still keeps my skin in check all through the week and helps to soften the blow I get from any breakouts. It’s just a great, jack-of-all-trades cleanser and works well with my skin. The pearlescent shimmer in the formula is a cute touch too. Ophthalmologist tested.
CLINIQUE 2-IN-1 CLEANSING MICELLAR GEL
Clinique makes another appearance in my latest cleanser loves with their new 2-in-1 Cleansing Micellar Gel and makeup remover. This one is sort of special though because I feel like it can do the job for both the first and second step in my double-cleanse routine. Massaging the gel into the skin makes it dissolve into the consistency of water which is super interesting. It leaves my skin feeling super fresh, smooth and clean. However in saying that, I think eye makeup does need an initial removal (perhaps with a soaked cotton pad) because it doesn’t work as well on eye makeup as double cleansing, but for my base makeup it’s fantastic. You can even use it twice to improve the cleanse. I find it works best on dry skin so as not to dilute the formula, and while it says you do not need water I do prefer to rinse off my face with a massage of water. Again, it’s ophthalmologist tested and has no fragrances in its formula.
I get to try a lot of skin care, particularly cleansers so I thought it would be helpful to update you all on which ones have made the ‘favourites’ list in the recent months. Do you spot any of your faves here? Dying to try one of these? Let me know in the comments below!
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