Cleansing. The age old debate. Actually, toner is the age old debate that we’re endlessly asked about, but we’ll save that for another time.
I’ll get straight to the point here. It’s obvious we all have to cleanse (unless you’re living wild and free in a an Amazonian forest).
If you’re not one of the lucky forest-dwellers and live in the city, or you managed to find a forest and wear makeup, then I recommend a balm cleanser and hot cloth. Don’t despair if you’re not clued up on what exactly a ‘balm cleanser’ is. That’s why we’re here!
In a nutshell, a balm cleanser will clean your face of dirt and make-up without leaving it as dry as a desert. An added benefit is you don’t need loads of water (maybe this should make an appearance in the travel bag?!). You just want a few drops to create a lovely emulsion on your skin. Most balms will come with a muslin cloth, and we recommend removing the balm this way, dampening your cloth with warm water.
Cleansing properly in the evening is the most important thing you can do for your skin. Makeup, oil and debris is best removed by an oil-based cleanser. Ever try remove eye-makeup with just water? Then you will understand how important oil-based cleansers are for removing the day’s toxins and pollution from your skin.
Always double cleanse. Round one will remove makeup and round two cleanses the skin.
Our favourites: Omoravicza Thermal Balm Cleanser £48.00 and Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm £39.00
If you’re suffering from a breakout, use something a bit more specific. Cleanse first with a balm cleanser to remove the oil and then use a cleanser with salicylic acid or witch hazel to fight the spots.
Our favourite: Sarah Chapman Rapid Radiance Cleanse £33.00
Dry morning skin is one of the worst feelings. It makes you question if you put on enough night cream, or if you should be buying silk pillow cases (yes, you probably should. You only live once.)
Morning cleansing should not be aggressive. If you cleaned your skin properly the night before then a gentle calming routine is recommended in the morning. Mornings are the best time for liquid creamy cleanser that you can easily use in the shower and bath.
Our favourite: Aurelia Miracle Probiotic Cleanser £38.00
Super sensitive is the bane of Ali’s life. There’s nothing quite as wonderful as watching her try a new product, seeing her eyes grow wider as her skin gets redder and tighter. Not ideal, but everyone’s skin is different.
A creamy cleanser that is natural and free from perfumes, essential oils and parabens is what you’re looking for here. Sensitive skins do not like foamy cleansers. Cleanse with cool water and a soft linen cloth. Pumpkin oil makes for a great makeup remover.
Our favourite: BOTANē Skin Actives Whipped Cleanser £39.00
And finally, the least fun one: after exercise cleansing. Not because it isn’t great to feel clean and fresh after a good sweat, but because it means having to pack all your cosmetics every day. How boring. A great tip here is to just buy travel size cleansers.
A light creamy cleanser for sensitive skin is a great post work out quick cleanse to remove sweat and toxins.
Our favourite: Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleanser £11.50
LIFE TIP:Don’t use wet wipes on your face. Rather use cotton wool with micellar water.
Tarryn and Alison