Let’s talk cleansing, shall we?
Specifically face cleansing.
Are you regular cleanser? Do you like your cleansers all foamy? Do you like a squeaky clean feel on your skin? Must your cleanser be easy to use in the shower?
I know. BIG questions. HUGE.
You already know my lazy-girl beauty habits when it comes to cleansing at night time but it might surprise you to know that when it comes to cleansing my face in the morning, I’m a bit of a cleanser connoisseur.
This penchant for cleansers has developed concurrently with my
post-40 not-so-youthful skin.
Cleansing is definitely a shower affair for me. Do not show me a basin and ask me to cleanse. I cannot carry out the tricky manoeuvre of splashing my face with water without said water dripping all the way down my arms … an unfortunate occurrence when one is wearing sleeves. Please tell me this happens to you too?
And I’m more like to reach for a gentle cleanser, mostly a cream cleanser … and always in conjunction with my Clarisonic Mia (Mia, it’s been complete and utter skincare lust since you came into my life).
Here’s what’s been hanging out on my bathroom shelf*:
(Yes, I’m well aware that I am a shelf hog. Mr Styling You tells me everyday. I tell him it’s for my work, which not surprisingly gets me nowhere.)
1. Trilogy Cream Cleanser $36.95: This is such a good all-rounder cleanser. It removes makeup and cleanses without drying your skin out – super important for not-so-youthful skin. It includes evening primrose and certified organic rosehip oil to moisturise and kickstart a vitamin drink for your skin each morning or night.
2. Avene Gentle Milk Cleanser $30.95: This also is a great makeup remover as well as a good regular cleanser for dry or not-so-youthful skin. It envelopes your skin going on and leaves it feeling moisturised and not stripped of natural oils. That’s the thing … if you’re still wanting that squeaky clean feeling, you need to stop that right now. Your skin deserves love, attention and cotton wool-like treatment.
3. Anitpodes Juliet Skin-Brightening Gel Cleanser $33: I’m a sucker for anything that is aimed at making my skin look brighter. I know, I know … maybe if I just tucked myself into bed a little earlier each night I wouldn’t be so obsessed by this. Brightening properties aside, I love this cleanser for the way the gel feels on your skin and the fact that it includes Manuka honey for healing antibacterial powers because damm it, why am I still getting zits alongside my wrinkles?
4. Garnier Skin Naturals Clean Sensitive Gentle Cleansing Foam $6.95: Now, I usually shy away from foaming cleansers (that not-so-youthful thing) but I gave this one a go because of its perfume and alcohol-free formulation for sensitive skin. And I was impressed. It’s one of those supermarket buys you need to keep up your budget beauty sleeve. It’s a wet foam and works well to shift makeup. Skin is left soft and clean thanks to aloe vera extract and vitamin E.
Enough from me … over to you. What’s your skincare concern and what go-to cleanser do you use to address that on a daily basis? Got any skincare questions you’d like me to find answers to?
* These products were sent to me for editorial consideration in accordance with my Disclosure Policy.