Back to Basics: Cleansing
Updated: Jun 14, 2019
Cleansing the skin is the foundation of a good skincare routine. It removes make-up, SPF, pollution, excess oil and dirt from the skin. If the skin is properly cleansed then clogged pores and blackheads can be reduced and any products used afterwards will be able to penetrate properly and you will see better results.
Cleansing for a lot of people used to consist of a quick once over with a face wipe but I think we all know now that face wipes are unacceptable…right? They will remove some make-up but for the most part, they just wipe the dirt around your face (and they are also terrible for the environment.)
If you wear make-up and SPF (*of course* you wear SPF..) then an oil, balm or micellar gel with a muslin or microfibre cloth is great to do a first cleanse to remove it all. Then going in with a second cleanse will actually clean the dirt and pollution out of the pores. I really like gel or jelly cleansers for a second cleanse. I normally go in with a very gentle cleanser in the morning.
I always avoid foaming face washes that contain SLS because these can strip the skin and leave it feeling tight. I normally avoid fragrance in skincare but I don’t mind it in a cleanser because it’s not staying on the skin.
I have spoken to some of the men in my life about cleansing recently and one uses Tresemme to wash both his hair and his face, one uses his shower gel to ‘cleanse’ and one just puts his face under the water in the shower every morning. Is shampoo or shower gel worse, I can’t decide? I’m pretty sure my face would fall off if I used either. The thing with guys is that they don’t have the hormone fluctuations that women do, which affects sebum production. Most of them don’t wear make-up so that doesn’t have to be removed and they often don’t use any other skincare products. I still don’t think that using a cleanser every evening to remove the dirt from the day is a bad thing though…
Make-Up Removing Cleansers
Using micellar waters to remove make-up is fine but they can be drying if left on the skin so make sure to go in with a cleanser afterwards. I like the new micellar gels that have been coming out in the last year or so, my favourites are:
Super Facialist Micellar Gel: https://www.feelunique.com/p/Super-Facialist-Pure-Sensitive-Micellar-Cleansing-Gel-150ml
Alex Steinherr x Primark Micellar Gel (not available online)
Balm cleansers are perfect for removing make up and can also be used again to clean the skin if you are more on the dry/mature side. My favourites are:
Elemis Pro Collagen Balm: https://www.lookfantastic.com/elemis-pro-collagen-cleansing-balm-105g/10757840.html
Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing balm: https://www.feelunique.com/p/Emma-Hardie-Amazing-Face-Natural-Lift-and-Sculpt-Moringa-Cleansing-Balm-100ml
Oils are also great for removing make up. My favourites are:
Super Facialist Cleansing Oil: https://www.feelunique.com/p/Super-Facialist-Vitamin-C--Brighten-Skin-Renew-Cleansing-Oil-200ml
The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil: https://www.thebodyshop.com/face/cleansers-toners/camomile-silky-cleansing-oil/p/p000934
Second Cleanse/Morning Cleanse
Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser: https://www.glossier.com/products/milky-jelly-cleanser
Medik8 Radiance Cleanse: https://www.skincity.co.uk/p-3062-surface-radiance-cleanse-150ml.aspx
Sarah Chapman Rapid Radiance Cleanse: https://www.cultbeauty.co.uk/sarah-chapman-rapid-radiance-cleanse.html
Fresh Soy Face Cleanser: https://www.johnlewis.com/fresh-soy-face-cleanser-150ml/p3270941
*some of these products were gifted