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When it comes to knowing which cleanser to use, I think I’m now pretty much set on the few I have in my arsenal to pick me up from all manner of skin complaints and wobbles…
Throughout the month, my skin has many facades; the nostalgic (yet oh so current) oily spot prone pre-teen, the dehydrated ‘oh hello fine line!’, the ‘oh god I didn’t realise that mascara was that stubborn’ and more often than not a generous mix of all of the above. I’ve grown to love and appreciate my skin in all it’s forms- whether it’s red, dry, spotty, oily, or glowing- and after a lot of trial and error I’ve learnt about the cleansers that can help remedy any of those concerns, and help maintain a level of control over my skincare when sometimes things feel a little haywire from the neck upwards.
So today I thought I’d share with you my ride or die few- the cleansers that I keep coming back to- some are newer discoveries and some are a tale as old as time. Either way- I’ve graduated from wipes and miceller water and I wanted to share the few that mean with a handy flannel or muslin, you’ll never have to go back…
The Cleansing Oils – Neighbourhood Botanicals Face Off* & Pai’s Rosehip Cleansing Oil*
Until last year, if you had told me I’d swear by an oil to remove my make up I’d have probably told that you had another thing coming. ‘I have oily skin! It’ll break me out’ I would have cried. I was always adamant that using oils on my skin would make matters worse, and not the fact that perhaps my skin was producing more oil because it needed it? I KNOW. Anyway- I now bloody love an oil for cleansing. Not only does it remove stubborn eye make up, foundation and makes you feel like you’re doing your own at home facial, but it means that my skin never feels tight, always feels clean and amazingly, (and personally) my skin loves it. My two favourites are Face Off by Neighbourhood Botanicals (a newer discovery) and the Pai Rosehip Oil cleanser, which first got me hooked. They have both transformed my make up removal game and I truly wouldn’t be without one- they’re the all in one wonder workers.
The Spot Solutions – Vichy Normaderm Cleanser & Pore Normalizing Cleanser*
I’m not promising these will clear up any breakouts in a heartbeat, but when the going gets tough- these are the two cleansers I pull out first for my skin. I can’t remember when I first discovered this Vichy number, but I’ve mentioned it time and time again– and I know what whenever my skin feels a little all over the shop, this’ll do a good job at putting it in it’s place (gently, of course).
Unlike some cleansers that promise to aid spot disappearance, neither this or the Paula’s Choice cleanser feel remotely drying and don’t send my skin spiralling into flakiness or anything that feels completely drastic- which is always welcome (this girl has had enough experience of bad spot solutions to last a life time).
Neither of these are cleansers I’d use on my eyes or for eye make up (anything that foams up I recommend keeping for your face only)- but with a double cleanse (perhaps using one of the below as your first step for eyes too)- I can’t recommend these enough.
The Total Fail Safes – Caroline Hirons x Pixi* & Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish
a.k.a the Breton striped t-shirts of the cleanser world- failsafe, completely timeless and always good no matter what the weather. If ever my skin is dry, having a bit of a wobble (every now and again I get a nice patch of dryness on my eyelids which is a delight)- these are the cleansers I pull out. They’re both all-weather/all skin situation products and take off every ounce of dirt and grime too (without making them sound more like heavy duty kitchen cleaners of course). Neither of them are probably new to you, but I love the fact the Pixi one comes with both a cream and a balm (making it double cleanse gold), and of course Cleanse and Polish just gets it right every. single. time. It just does.
Which cleansers do you turn to again and again?