Since parting ways with gel cleansers and foam washes of all sorts, my skin has been much more supple, hydrated and smooth.
I have been experimenting with a few cleansers and so far, so good for the most part. Cleansing with balms, oils and creamy lotions takes a little getting used to. I had to learn to cleanse my face before I wash my hair, for example – because I do my major cleansing in the shower, I tend to give myself an oily fringe if I don’t. If I cleanse over a basin I don’t have this problem. Because I don’t use toners, proper cleansing is important to me and I do a double cleanse most of the time – sometimes with two different cleansers to shake things up. Here are my three current favourites:
Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm, R295 for 125ml
Confession time: I’m not a big fan of Clinique skincare products. While working as a beauty therapist I had way too many clients who had had reactions to the products, and there are a couple of their principles that I don’t agree with. I do like their makeup and fragrance though, and when I saw this balm I couldn’t resist trying it.
I’m very happy that I did because I love it! It’s thick and balmy, but it emulsifies when you add water. I like using it on dry skin and then emulsifying just before I rinse off. Brilliant at removing all makeup.
The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil, R150 for 150ml
It was love at first cleanse for this oil and me. It removes every trace of face- and eye makeup, and it emulsifies with water to rinse off fairly easily. On dry skin the oil has a thick, solid consistency which I love; but if you prefer a thinner, lighter texture just dampen your face or your fingers.
One negative here though: It doesn’t smell nice. I’m suspecting more and more that I have a bad bottle, because mine smells like oxidised oil (You know the smell – far from rancid, but sometimes you smell your olive oil and the smell has changed? That). I can also hardly smell chamomile, but this isn’t enough to put me off the product. Another thing is that it gives me cloudy vision for a couple of minutes when I use it to remove mascara, but since they have two specific eye makeup removers I suspect I’m supposed to rather use those – although this one works excellently for mascara and eye makeup.
Good old Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Lotion, R70 for 125ml
I bought this one first, before I could make up my mind about which products I want to use. It’s a very plain cleanser that’s ideal for sensitive and impaired skin. There’s nothing very exciting about it, but it’s a very safe bet if your skin isn’t very tolerant. The texture is a very creamy milk that rinses off with water and leaves a slight film. Not great for removing eye makeup, but very hydrating. Also available in a version for oily skin.
I’m now keen to try natural oils for cleansing at some stage. The most popular ones seem to be Coconut and Jojoba oils, but I’ll still do some reading up on whether it’s most effective to combine oils or use them as singles.
Any recommendations for cleansing balms and oils I should put on my list to try?