I have a slight obsession with skincare products. I’ve always been on the hunt for the magic potion that would transform my very average skin into supermodel-worthy skin. Funnily enough, pregnancy was actually great for my skin. I didn’t have a single spot for the whole 9 months and it’s been pretty good while I’ve been breastfeeding. I expect that will all change once I stop breastfeeding and my hormones go all over the place.
Pregnancy also coincided with me starting to actually take skincare a bit more seriously. I decided that with the big 3-0 approaching I should start to have a proper skincare routine. So today I’m going to talk about cleansing.
The importance of cleansing
I started reading about the concept of ‘double cleansing’ online. Basically it involves removing your makeup/SPF with the first cleanse, and then using the second cleanse to massage and really make sure it’s thoroughly clean. Caroline Hirons has a fab cheat sheet on double cleansing if you want to read more. The theory, for those that don’t have time to read more, is that cleansing is the most important step in your skincare routine. If you don’t remove the dirt, then no amount of expensive moisturiser etc is going to make a difference to your skin.
This was news to me. Previously I was using makeup wipes or micellar water, which apparently just don’t cut it (micellar water is fine for a first cleanse). I have since upgraded to a few cleansers that I use on rotation, depending on how I feel/how my skin feels. You should cleanse morning and evening, but in the morning there is no need for a double cleanse. On Caroline’s recommendation, I’ve started using bog standard, cheap flannels for cleansing.
The cleansers I am currently using:
- Super Facialist Vitamin C+ Skin Renew Cleansing Oil (£10.99). I use this oil for a first cleanse to take off make up. I got it on special offer on a whim. It rinses off easily, which was something I was concerned about because of the term ‘oil’—I imagined it would sit on my skin, but it doesn’t.
- Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser (£14). I tend to use this as a second cleanse or a morning cleanse. It’s nice and creamy. It is meant to be used with a muslin, but I no longer bother. My flannels seem to do a fine job. I’ve nearly used this up and I’m currently unsure whether to re-buy it or try something new.
- Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter (£10). I use this butter as a first cleanse when I don’t feel like using oil. It’s cheaper than some of the others, but really good. It’s solid but melts in contact with the skin and goes quite oily in consistency.
- Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm (£18). I use this as a second cleanse or morning cleanse. It feels very rich and nourishing on the skin, which is great in the drying winter weather. It is described as a balm-to-oil and is probably my favourite.
- Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser (£18). I also use this as a second cleanse or morning cleanse. It contains 5% glycolic acid, so it exfoliates as well as cleanses, which I really like.
Do you have any cleansers you recommend? Let me know in the comments.
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