In the wonderland of skincare, cleansers don’t get much love than the rest of them these days. There’s cleansing balms, oils, creamy cleansers, foaming washes or if you’re looking for a quick alternative, but slightly awful, is facial wipes and the all time favourite to prep your skin is micellar water. Depending on the state of your skin for that particular day I personally find that having a mixture of all these are perfect for keeping your skin clean and ready to take on the rest of your skincare products.
In my current cleansing pile I have two foaming washes, three cleansing gels, three cleansing milks/creams, one cleansing balm and one micellar water, I like having a choice. Starting off with the foaming washes my current product is the Spa Sanctuary Foaming Micellar Cleansing Water (£3.99). Light, effective and ungreasy, it helps lift every scrap of make-up in the matter of seconds, the perfect substitute for wipes. For heavy make-up and dry/combination skin I would definitely go for Natural Republic Himalaya Salt Cleansing Balm (around £12), sorbet like texture that melts into the skin dissolving make-up on the way. I use this as my one step in the double cleanse and it always leaves my skin soft, smooth and hydrated.
When it comes to my second step, or I need something that will refresh my skin in the morning is Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel (£10.50, 50ml), a cooling gel texture to remove any left over impurities without drying the skin. I massage this into dry skin, loosening with water and continue to massage into the skin before rinsing with warm water. For those dry and dehydrated days I reach for Vichy Purete Thermale 3-In-1 (currently £9), using the same method as the gel, keeping the skin moisturised and even removes eye make-up.