We understand that not everyone has time to do the whole 'cleanse, tone, moisturise' routine along with exfoliating, masks, serums, oils, eye creams etc... we could go on forever! But it is really important that you do cleanse your face daily. It's important to cleanse your face, especially in the evenings as it removes all traces of makeup, dead skin cells, impurities and excess oil that our lovely faces have collected so kindly for us throughout the day. Cleansing in the morning refreshes your skin and removes any toxins that may have been eliminated from your skin throughout the night, it's also much easier to apply makeup to a clean face than a bit of a grubby one.
As there are so many different cleansers it can sometimes be a bit boggling. You can pick from gels, oils, foaming cleansers, hot cloth cleansers, water cleansers, balms... the list goes on. A lot of it is personal preference, budget and what textures and feelings you like the best.
Here are our favourite ones that we'd like to share with you.
First of all we will start with the quickest and easiest cleanser, it can be hard when life is so busy to think about your skin, so we think that REN Rosa Centifolia 3 in 1 water cleanser is perfect for all you busy bee's. All you do with it is apply to 2 cotton pads and wipe over the face. This is a makeup remover, cleanser and toner all in one! No rinsing is required for this so its a great 'on the go' cleanser. This leaves your skin feeling fresh and hydrated in a matter of seconds. Winner of the Tatler Beauty Awards 2014, suitable for all skin types, retailing at £13.00
Water cleansers are great but it is also advisable that you do treat your skin to a proper good old wash when you get the time to.
Secondly, we have Murad Renewing Cleansing Oil, and as it says in the title, this one is an oil cleanser. This is suitable for all skin types but if you have an oily skin type naturally you're not going to want to apply more oil on to it, so this one is best for normal/combination/dry skin types. To use this apply with damp hands onto a dry face and massage in for 30-60 seconds then rinse with warm water. You can use this around your eye area and rub it into your lashes to remove any traces of mascara. This cleanser leaves the skin hydrated and nourished and provides the perfect level of moisture to the skin to smooth and soften. This one retails at £29.00.
Moving on to the REN Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser, this one is great if you have a little more time for your skin routine. It is a 2 phase cleanser, it works by removing all traces of makeup and dirt, loosening dead skin cells and gently exfoliating the skin to purify and decongest. It leaves the skin feeling squeaky clean, smooth, firmer, fresh and softer without the feeling of tightness that some cleansers leave you with. The cleanser comes with its very own muslin cloth. To use this cleanser you apply it to dry skin and massage it in gently, rinse the provided cloth in warm water and place over your face (this opens your pores to make sure all the dirt comes out), then lightly polish off with your cloth, you can then rinse your face again with cool water to close the pores to prevent them getting clogged. This cleanser retails at £16.00, and is great if you want to give your skin a treat, especially throughout the winter.
Next, we have Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm, this cleanser is one of the more luxurious ones, so it's great for a little treat. This is applied onto dry skin with dry fingertips and massaged in, you then wet your fingertips and the balm will develop into a milk and is then removed with a cloth. Again, like REN, Elemis have been very thoughtful and in the box they have supplied a cloth for you. This cleanser dissolves away makeup and the daily grime that our faces attract, revealing smoother, nourished, makeup-free skin. This cleanser can also be used as a mask, just apply it to dry skin massage in gently and leave it to do its magic for 10 minutes before rinsing off with warm water. This cleanser retails at £39.50.
Finally, we have Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser. This one is available for all skin types, there is a choice of: normal/combination, combination/oily and dry/sensitive. So absolutely anyone can use these. They are so quick and easy to use you just apply it to damp skin and it foams up beautifully then rinse off with warm water. However, unlike some other cleansers we don't recommend that you use this one to remove eye makeup, so avoid your eye area when using this one. So the only possible downside is that you will probably need to buy a separate eye makeup remover. These cleansers leave the skin feeling as clean as they can be whilst smoothing, hyrdrating and leaving a nice glow. These retail at £19.00.
We hope this little guide of recommendations helps you when you next go to pick your cleanser so that you can ditch the soap and water once and for all!