Is there any better feeling than removing your makeup at the end of the day and cleansing your skin? As much as I love makeup, I love skincare even more. I know that some people think spending money on a cleanser is a waste because you remove it not long after applying but I disagree. Cleansing preps your skin for the next steps and any subsequent products applied can work effectively when the skin is thoroughly cleansed. There are so many types of cleansers, but which works best for you? Of course, you may like several cleanser types (as I do) or you may like to switch the formula up, depending on the season but if you are unsure which type might work best for you, this post should help. Some of these cleansers were kindly gifted to me, which I will indicate with * beside them. Most of these products have been previously reviewed on the blog and I will link those reviews if you want to know more about them.
Some people like to use a micellar cleanser for a morning cleanse but I like to use it to remove my makeup, especially when I have lash extensions as oil cleansers can make the extensions fall out. I like how gentle they are but I find that some micellar waters can either dry my skin out or leave a film, which I don't like. Two exceptions and my recommendations are Omorovicza Peachy Micellar Cleansers* (review here) and Embryolisse 3 in 1 Micellar Water* (review here).
This is my favourite method for removing makeup. I usually wear quite a bit of eye makeup with waterproof liquid liner and lots of mascara so I find that a cleansing oil ensures that I can remove every last scrap of makeup. Even those who don't have dry skin would enjoy a cleansing oil, especially one that doesn't leave any residue on the skin. My recommendations are: Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil (review here), Caudalie Makeup Removing Cleansing Oil*(review here), L'Occitane Immortelle Oil Makeup Remover* (review here) and Dermalogica Precleanse* (I bought this when it was first released in 2016 and it has been a regular in my routine since then, it will eliminate every trace of makeup and doesn't sting the eyes).
Because I have dry skin, balm cleansers are my favourite because I can thoroughly cleanse without stripping my skin. They can be used as a first cleanse to remove makeup or as a second or morning cleanse. What I love most about balm cleansers is that they feel nourishing on the skin, which is perfect for my skin all year round but most skin types would really appreciate them in winter when skin tends to be drier and the weather is colder. My recommendations are: Oskia Perfect Cleanser (review here), Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm* (review here), Drunk Elephant Slaai Makeup Melting Butter (review here), Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm and Alpha-H Essential Cleansing Balm (review here).
Gel cleansers will work for all skin types, however I personally steer clear of foaming cleansers unless they are formulated without SLS as they are usually far too stripping on my dry skin. A gel cleanser is the perfect morning cleanse as it's refreshing on the skin and leaves the skin feeling clean without feeling tight or stripped. They are also a perfect second cleanse if you find balm cleansers to be too rich for your skin. I personally prefer using gel cleansers in the warmer months but those with combination skin will enjoy them all year round. My recommendations are: Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel*, REN Gentle Cleansing Gel, Emma Hardie Moringa Light Cleansing Gel* (review here) and Pixi Glow Tonic Cleansing Gel*.
Finally, there are cream cleansers, which are generally very gentle and suitable for all skin types, but particularly dry or sensitive. They are non-stripping and don't leave any residue on the skin. If chemical exfoliators scare you and you find that physical exoliators are too harsh on your skin, it' worth mixing a small amount with a cream or milk cleanser. This way, you can gently slough away any dead skin cells without any chance to ripping or tearing the skin. My recommendations are: Bee Good Honey & Propolis 2-in-1 Cream Cleanser* (review here), Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cleanser (review here), Pixi Rose Cream Cleanser* (review here) and ESPA Optimal Skin Pro Cleanser* (review here).
What's your favourite cleanser type? Have you tried any of the ones featured in this post?
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