Tuesday, 28 March 2017

How To Choose A Cleanser That Is Right For You

Skincare is an absolute minefield, there's no doubt about it and after trying and testing for what seems like a lifetime, I'd like to think that I have my skin regime down to a T. Now, you may have an entire beauty routine or you may just like to sweep a make-up wipe over your face. It's all down to personal preference. Whatever you like to do, we all have one thing in common, the need to wash our faces.

I will hold my hands up and say that in the past, I've been that person who's 'forgotten to wash my face'. Like, how do you forget to do that? But it does happen. It's also the case that sometimes there is just too much choice. Other times, it's down to sheer laziness. Whatever your excuse may be, today I'm going to talk you through five different types of cleansers from brands that I love and how they work for me so you can choose one that's right for you. I should also mention that I'm a combination gal.

Foam Wash | I've had a really good experience with foaming cleanser in the past. They often contain no exfoliating qualities so aren't abrasive on your skin and aren't going to aggravate any sensitive patches. For you guys with dry skin, be mindful that they may dry your skin further. This particular wash is one of the new Pure Clay masks from L'Oreal. It contains charcoal so really works to unclog your pores as it's foaming up and helps to remove any trapped dirt. It also does a pretty good job of removing make-up. Bonus.

Exfoliating | I think with exfoliating face washes, you either love them or hate them. They can be great for removing dead skin and making your face feel squeaky clean and smooth but they also tend to remove the skins natural oils. Ever noticed your skin is oilier a day after using them? That's why. Your skin will be going into oil-overdrive. That is not a medical term. Seriously though, if you have dry skin, don't stand over the sink scrubbing your face like there's no tomorrow. It. Will. Make. It. Worse. My advice for exfoliating cleansers is to use them maybe once a week, twice if you feel necessary. It will give your skin chance to repair between washes so it's not like having a chemical peel each time. If I'm reaching for an exfoliating cleanser, St Ives gets my vote every time.

Gel | For me personally, this is he kind of cleanser you would use after a no make-up day or after you've had a work out because it's so light. You can remove make up with these if you wish but I'd make sure you repeat twice just to make sure it's all gone. That being said, they are super gentle, don't dry your skin out and quite inexpensive to pick up. I've been testing out this new Garnier Micellar Wash for the past few weeks and it's a good option to go for. 

Foaming and Exfoliating | I would definitely have to say this is my most reached for face wash. This is the Visible Skin Balancing Cleanser from Elizabeth Arden and it does exactly what it says on the tin. It's a light exfoliating cleanser and has a more grainy texture but does remove any unwanted dry flakes without being too harsh. If I need a little more abrasion, sometimes I'll use this with a damp flannel. It depends what my skin is feeling. I feel like with a light exfoliating cleanser you get rid of the dirt as required but you're not then stripped of all those natural oils that need preserving. It's the best of both worlds and definitely the one that works best for me.

Oil | Last but not least, the newest addition to my bathroom cabinet. The oil cleanser. These work absolute wonders for melting the make up right off your face with minimal effort. They replenish every single ounce of moisture and combat dry skin along the way. If you have oily skin, you may want to use a toner afterwards just to take away the excess. In my experience, oil cleansers definitely give you the 'deepest clean' and actually feel quite luxurious. The one I've been using is the L'Oreal Extraordinary Oil Cleansing Oil. It works like a dream and like our gal pal, Elizabeth Arden, does exactly what it says on the tin. 
I hope you've enjoyed my round up of different types of cleansers. I'd love to know what products you like to use!

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  1. On a day to day basis I have a facial wash, makeup remover & then maybe 2 days a week I use a light exfoliator (and then my night cream + eyecream of course). I have dry skin so I don't want to overdo it with the exfoliating, but I do really love the feeling of my skin after. I'm still trying out a few travel size products first. I haven't found my favourite face exfoliater yet. The Elizabeth Arden one sounds really nice!

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    1. I love having a separate day and night cream! I thought it was a bit 'princess' at first but night creams are just so lovely! Although I have combination skin, I get the odd dry spells especially in the winter - it's so hard to not over exfoliate when there's flakes everywhere! It really is and if you can pick it up in a mini size, definitely give it a go! X

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  2. Definitely going to give the oil cleanser a go, really lovely and easy read blog post!!

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    1. PLEASE DO! It's so lovely, you'll feel like you're washing your face with soap! X

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