This year I’ve decided to actually make an effort to really take care of my skin – it’s been so dry lately, but that doesn’t stop me from getting lots of blackheads and blocked pores. I am also concerned with fine lines and wrinkles but I’m not someone who has tons of time to do much to my skin. I also have so many products that I have to fight through them all to decide what to use!
So I’ve decided to downsize and simplify this year. I’ve got cleansers (lotion cleanser, foam cleanser and cleansing liquid to be used depending on the time of day), toner, cream and eye cream which I’ve picked out that I think will really deal with the blackheads but also the dryness and sensitivity I suffer from.
I want to start using ONLY these products (at least for a little while to see how it goes) as soon as possible. In the meantime, I need to clear my dressing table and bathroom of all other products I have strewn around. Here are the cleansers I currently have in use:
Here are my short reviews of the products I have in my bathroom! (I will finish them off at some point, don’t worry about wastage!).
1. Philosophy Purity Cleanser
This is a really nice creamy cleanser that gets the make up off. I love cream cleansers because they are so comforting on the skin but afterwards I have to use a foam or wash to get the residue off.
Purity smells quite nice, it’s a runny texture but I really like it…My skin doesn’t feel dry afterwards either. All in all worth the money.
2. Neutrogena Visibly Clear Facial Wash
This is the only face wash I have ever used that doesn’t leave my face dry which is amazing because it’s a cheap one! This one has quite a thin texture and isn’t as foamy as others but I prefer that. You only need a small amount and seriously – no tightness on me at all.
I have the pink grapefruit one here, I will try the orange one next (visibly clear?).
Face wash for me isn’t enough to get make up off but it’s a nice one to use after a cream cleanser.
3. Fleurs De Bach Cleansing Milk
I reviewed this recently and I really like this cleanser although I did get through the product rather quickly! It’s a thin lotion cleanser, not heavy duty like Purity but good for a light cleanse and has a really nice scent.
4. Elemis Tri Enzyme Resurfacing Facial Wash
This is an unusual one, it’s a cream cleanser but it is called a wash – it feels like it has a bit of lather but it isn’t foamy?
This one is part of the Tri Enzyme range so you do have to watch that you don’t get it into your eyes, it will sting, but it’s good for leaving the skin bright and really soft. You also have to use SPF if you use the Tri Enyme range. This cleanser is quite pricey at full retail – look out for the special offer boxes!
I have also recently finished Elemis Rehydrating Rose Cleanser (love) and Elemist Sensitive Face Wash (smells amazing but left my skin tight).
5. Neutrogena Deep Clean 2 in 1 wash/mask
I love this stuff but I don’t use it as a cleanser (it’s weird as a daily cleanser it barely foams, it feels like a clay mask) so I use it as a mask only.
I stick it on just before my shower then I rinse it off. It will dry if you leave it long enough but I don’t, just for 2 minutes before I get in the shower and it’s so good!
It has a fresh minty feeling, that is tingly but it doesn’t give me any allergies. There’s another version of this from the Visibly Clear range which I will try next.
Verdict: 4/5 – but I’d use as a mask only
6. UNT Cleansing Oil
I have used a LOT OF CLEANSING OILS and I always maintained that for my skintype, it can be drying (if I use it every day I get dry patches on my face). Mineral oil, in cleansing oil completely disagrees with me. This cleansing oil only took 2 uses to pretty much bring out the dryness in my cheeks – urgh. No no no.
7. Fancl Mild Cleansing Oil
I have decided this is the gold standard of cleansing oils. RMK’s is also gorgeous actually, but Fancl’s is free of mineral oil, fragrances, parabens etc. It’s the only one I can safely use a lot. It’s quite expensive though – I use mine sporadically and it’s already halfway empty.
8. Alpha-H Balancing Cleanser
I got sucked into the whole Alpha-H thing (I will review liquid gold soon – I have serious mixed feelings about the product!) so I ordered this cleanser.
It’s basically a cream cleanser – unfortunately, it’s just average. It’s just like any cream cleanser on me, nothing special about it so doesn’t warrant the cost.
9. Shiseido Rinse off Cleansing Gel
This product is lovely – so easy to use, rub on, wash off – it is super gently and my skin doesn’t feel tight or dry afterwards at all.
The downside is that on it’s own, the gel isn’t enough to get off make up or eye make up. Therefore it’s only good if you aren’t wearing loads of make up and need a gentle cleanse. But it is super gentle and lovely on the skin….
10. Shiseido Extra Gentle Cleansing Foam
This ‘extra gentle’ foam gives the creamiest and the most beautiful foam ever – and you only need a tiny bit. That is the best bit of this product.
However – it leaves my skin feeling tight – at it’s worse my cheeks actually feel a bit itchy. So whilst I love the feel of this product I feel it dries the skin out a bit too much.
So these are the cleansers that are going into hibernation (well some are close to being finished so I’ll do that first!).
I am quite experimental with my cleansers but maybe that’s because I love the products you can get on the Asian market.
On the western market the focus seems to be on cream cleansers, foam cleansers and facial washes. Cleansing oils are becoming better known over here.
On the Asian market the choice is endless, apart from the endless – bubble cleansers, washing powder, clay cleansers, peeling cleansers soap bars (from which you only use the foam from) – I’ve actually got a super interesting facial soap from Japan which I am dying to try out so more on that later!.
Overall I really like tried and tested brands for cleansers, can’t go wrong with Neutrogena and Elemis, and from Asia, Fancl, Rosette and Rohto are generally very good.
What are your favourite cleansers? Do you only use one or many?