Some Favourite Cleansers

I've always tried to take care of my skin as best I can; even from a young age I would use a rosewater and witch hazel toning solution my mum would make up for me to clean my face at the end of the day. I'm a stickler for removing makeup before going to bed - the idea of sleeping in my makeup makes me shudder - and I do my best to make sure my skin is clean and moisturised before lights out. I've never been a fan of makeup remover wipes, although I have used them in the past (they are undeniably handy) but the high alcohol content strips the natural oil from my skin and leaves my face feeling dry and tight, so I rarely reach for them. The most recent ones I've tried (and didn't hate) were these by the Yes To range, I took them on holiday last year and they were ok, but I definitely wouldn't replace my usual makeup removal routine with them.

I've recently almost finished a load of different cleansers so I thought I'd talk through a few of my favourites. The very first step in my cleansing regime is to remove my makeup, and I have gone through a million different makeup removers but this Cleansing Oil by Super Facialist is definitely my favourite. It's not cheap at around £10 a bottle, but this has lasted almost 6 months, so it's a wise investment and I will definitely be repurchasing. The high vitamin E concentrate floods the skin and melts off makeup, and I apply it with my fingers so it really is like having a mini facial every day! I also like the fact that it is so gentle, there's no need to scrub or use cotton wool pads or a flannel. Adding warm water then turns the product into a milky lotion which can be rinsed away.

Following the oil based makeup removal, I then use a second cleanser to remove any excess oil and makeup residue. I was gifted a couple of different cleansers by Peter Thomas Roth from an event I attended, and I've actually never even heard of this brand before so I was looking forward to trying them. The Cloud Cream cleanser was lovely, super soft and easy to use, working into a creamy lather on the skin. The Anti Aging Cleansing Gel was also nice although the higher glycolic acid content did make my skin a little dry so it wasn't one I used every day, more weekly.

For a deeper clean, I reach for this Elizabeth Arden Prevage cleanser which is also an exfoliator. It is quite rich so again, I would normally only use this once a week to give my skin a boost. It's very creamy and the exfoliating element isn't too rough.  Also, you only need to use a small amount as a little goes a long way, so it lasts and lasts.

Finally, I couldn't write a feature on cleansers without including one of my all time favourites. This Sukin foaming facial cleanser is brilliant, and I think this is my third or fourth bottle. I find it really deep cleaning, without leaving my skin feeling tight, and for the price, I would highly recommend it. It's also vegan and contains no sulphates or parabens. I apply this, and other liquid cleansers, with a konjac sponge or my Real Techniques miracle cleansing sponge for a deep cleaning foam.  I've written about using a konjac sponge, and my love for Sukin, in more detail here and here.

XO Amie
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