Sounds like a trite title, I’ll give you that. But at the risk of sounding pithy, I’ve been trying to write this post since the very beginning of this year and I just can’t get my head around what I want to say. I mean I know what I want to say, I just don’t how what the best way to say it is. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll probably have seen me blathering on about it on insta-stories. I’ve been consciously changing things up in my personal life (which I alluded to in this post here), but now, one month into the New Year, the impetus of writing the second part of this post title seems to have waned. Maybe I’m feeling like I’m in a better, more secure and happy place. Maybe having purged myself of those toxic people to the extent I can, or better still, not giving a hoot about what they say, think or do, has given me the happiness and calmness in my personal space I need. That we all need in order to lead a positive existence.
So instead, I’m going to focus on my current favourite cleansers, both luxury and high-street. It’s no secret that the best path to clear, radiant beautiful skin is to cleanse it properly and throughly. Not least so that all those gorgeous (and often expensive) serums and moisturisers can do their job properly.
My favourite way to remove makeup is to use an oil based makeup remover. It just melts away all the makeup, dirt and grime, doesn’t dry my skin out or strip it of its natural oils and doesn’t leave me running like crazy for the moisturiser. Superfacialist by Una Brennan’s Vitamin C+ Brighten Cleansing Oil is a joy to use, as is the Bare Minerals Oil Obsessed Total Cleansing Oil. But if I’ve been wearing some serious eye makeup, I’ll make sure to remove that first, before I tackle the rest of my face – the last thing you want to be doing is to moving all that gunk around your face; the idea is to take it off, not spread it around! For really heavy eye make-up (think a dark smokey eye), I love to use plain old coconut oil – it’s perfect to remove every last trace, even waterproof mascara. But I also love a good bi-phase eye makeup remover, such as Charlotte Tilbury’s Take It All Off. A good budget option is the B.Effective Stubborn Makeup Remover from good ol’ Superdrug; just shake up the bottle to mix the two layers, apply to a couple of cotton wool pads, hold over the eyes for 10 seconds or so and wipe away without rubbing the delicate eye area.
I’ll often use a Micellar Water to remove eye makeup too, especially when I’m hardly wearing much (ie most days) – ones I’ve loved have included Bioderma, Garnier’s offering and currently I’m using Soap & Glory’s Total Drama Clean. A Micellar Oil is an amazing best-of-both worlds as far as I’m concerned; this Vichy Purete Thermal one does a fabulous job! Another favourite has been Decleor’s Micellar Oil, although that one’s a little bit pricier.
After all the makeup and sun protection is off, I go in with a second cleanse, and although I could use the same cleanser again, I tend not to, opting instead for something a little creamier. I’ve been loving three-phase Omorovicza’s Hydra Melting Cleanser and waxed lyrical about it here, and recently I’ve loved using Epionce’s Milky Lotion Cleanser – it’s a very creamy lotion that I really look forward to massaging my face with, just as much as Omorovicza’s one. When I’ve got time to indulge, I love Erno Laszlo’s two step Cleansing Oil and Cleansing Bar to feel like I’m giving myself a mini-treat, or Nourish’s Kale 3D Cleanse that changes colour as you massage it into the skin ( I kid you not, it goes green to let you know you’ve cleansed properly!) When my skin’s playing up, I’ll turn to something a little more targeted, such as Mario Badescu’s Enzyme Cleansing Gel (followed with a spritz of La Roche Posay Serozinc).
My morning cleanse is normally quick and to the point, and if it can add a little something refreshing my to my day, all the better. Emma Hardie’s Moringa Foaming Cleansing Wash is perfect, washed off with a hot damp cloth. I love how it leaves my skin feeling, soft and clean, and slightly exfoliated so that makeup will ‘sit’ better. Another current favourite is This Works Light Time Cleanse & Glow – super quick, super easy and super effective.
I’ve so many more cleansers that I want to talk about, but I feel this post is way too long already, but let me know if you fancy another post soon. You can contact me via Twitter, Instagram, email or just comment below.
Wishing you all a very calm, and peaceful end to this month, cleansed of skin and cleansed of mind.
ps – all products linked for you within the text – just click the product(s) name you’re interested in to find out more. Any questions on any of the products I’ve mentioned, let me know x