In my opinion, cleansers are the gamechangers when it comes to skin – they can help skin more than getting the right treatments and moisturisers and personally, a good cleanser combo will sort my skin right out. Here’s a few of my favourites, both for makeup removal and purifying the skin on the whole.
I’ll begin with the three I use first in my routine, to remove the day and lift up debris from my pores – a favourite of mine that has really sorted out my acne-prone skin is the Elemental Herbology BioCellular Super Cleanse (£26), I actually repurchased this recently as my skin was in such a bad way and it had sorted me out in the past. This is kind of a cream/gel hybrid which means is doesn’t zap the moisture out of the skin but instead, it gently removes every trace of makeup and leaves my skin feeling smooth and fresh. It has so many amazing, natural ingredients that encourage cell renewal and also mildy exfoliate the skin for a clearer complexion. I honestly can’t recommend it enough as it’s worked wonders on my skin.
A similar cleanser is the Aurelia Miracle Cleanser (£34), which has a light, creamy formula. This stuff is also packed with wonderful, natural ingredients that purify the skin and leave it feeling so clean but not stripped of moisture, it smells beautiful and is surprisingly good at budging even tough makeup. This aims to smooth and brighten the skin, sloughing away the dead skin cells to reveal a really happy complexion. I’m almost finished the tub as I just love it so much.
Last in my makeup removing category is the Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm (£34), this really is amazing and is feels so incredible when applied the skin as it just melts in and melts away makeup. Don’t be put off cleansing balms if your skin is oily, as oily skin can still be dehydrated (lacking moisture) so it’s important that you stick to cream or balm cleansers as these will also replace what has been lost from the skin. This is just perfect, I honestly adore this balm – the texture is beautiful and velvety smooth and it really does remove every trace of impurities and other debris. My skin feels hella clean after using this as I just adore how soft and supple my skin feels – this gets my seal of approval and it’s another one I repurchased recently in order to clear up my skin woes (which it has!).
One thing I will say is to pick a cleanser that is a cream, rather than a gel or foam – if you wash your face and it feels tight or dry or uncomfortable afterwards, you need to be using something a little more creamy in my opinion. I’ve seen Caroline say this too, so even if you have oily or combination or even acne prone skin, stick to creams or balms for cleansing. Once I’ve removed most of my makeup, I’ll use a second cleanser just to make sure I’ve really cleansed my face as there’s likely to be a lot of makeup left over, trapped in pores and whatnot – here’s a few that kind of wash the skin, but they’re not really gels but rather creams that you can rinse off and still get that freshly cleansed feeling.
The first of the lot is the amazing, amazing Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial Wash (£29), although this says “wash” it is more of a creamy product, and I’ve been using this for as long as I can remember. This helps to keep the skin smooth and purified, my skin gets quite bumpy and rough so I need something that will help to slough away dead skin cells and help to smooth over the texture of my skin. This forms a slight lather but not really a lather, it’s more that it kind of works in with the water so you can get a good cleanse. I don’t find it stripping as such, but I always use it after a creamy cleanser just incase.
Next is the REN ClearCalm3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser (£18), this can be ever so slightly stripping as it’s a clay-based number so I tend to just use it once or twice a week but even that works wonders on an awkward complexion! If you suffer from blemishes, this cleanser is pretty amazing; it’s cream-based and doesn’t feel like a wash, but it’s nice to use after removing makeup to ensure that pores are cleared out and to gently exfoliate. It helps to reduce the size of spots, absorbs excess oil and prevents future breakouts – so it’s a handy one to use a couple of times a week.
Last of all is the Origins Make A Difference Rejuvenating Treatment Milk (£17), this looks like a face wash but it is actually a milk (as the packaging states…). It doesn’t lather up, but instead helps to rehydrate the skin but increasing the skins own ability to retain moisture. It’s great for oily skin as skin tends to get a lot better once it is more hydrated – I found that when I started using the Make A Difference range, my skin cleared up so much. I used to have an oily skin type but now it’s normal, sometimes with a touch of oil but nothing to be concerned about.
So those are the cleansers which I think will help clear up skin and keep it in check. Double cleansing has been a lifesaver for me, it really has helped my skin to look and feel more healthy so I really recommend using a cream or balm cleanser and holding off on gels or foams.
Do you have a favourite cleanser?