My Nighttime Skincare Routine varies, depending on how my skin is doing. Except for these 3-steps.
I’ve tried my fair share of cleasers but was only when I started taking my skincare routine seriously that I realised the importance of a good cleanser. But what makes a cleanser good? What are the key boxes it must tick?
I double cleanse every day, as you should if you wear makeup. And I use two different cleansers. It’s too much? Not really, if it means clean skin ready for a good serum.
So for the first step, I want a cleanser that can break up makeup but is gentle to the skin. No extracurricular ingredients or fancy technologies.
I prefer to use cleansing products with simple formulations because I want to control what active ingredients go in my skin and when, so I don’t end up applying vitamin C derivates four different times throwout my routine without knowing the exact percentages and subsequently cause inflammation.
And for my second cleanser, I want to open my pores and remove whatever is left, without stripping away my skin of good oils and bacteria.
That being said here’s the products I’ve been using:
For the past couple months, I’ve been using Niod’s Low Viscosity Cleaning Ester an oil-based cleanser that is super gentle and simply formulated but I just hated the oily feeling. Before I was the number one fan of micellar water but I found it too drying – you know when you’re lips are dry and you lick them to not only make them drier? That’s how it felt when I used micellar water. But I just love the concept so I decided to try Sanctuary’s Foaming Micellar Cleansing Water – will report back soon.
For my second step I was using REN’s Rosa Centifolia Cleanse And Reveal Hot Cloth Cleanser but they changed the packaging and it really annoyed me so I decided to try Sanctuary’s Polishing Hot Cloth Cleanser because I like the brand and it was 3£ off at boots making it less than 7£ compared to the 15£ for the REN – will definitely report back on this one.
I never ever remove my eye make up with cleansers. I always use eye-makeup remover. Because I don’t want to robe my make up off instead I want to gently pad the area until it melts to the cotton pad. I also always use one that is tailored for waterproof makeup even though I don’t wear any, just because that makes it easier to remove mascara. I don’t have any favourites but at the moment I’ve been using L’oreal’s Absolute Make-up Remover Eye & Lips.
Once or twice a week depending on how my skin is looking I use the Super Facialist”s Gentle Daily Micro Polish Wash is the closest dupe I could find for Eester Lauder’s Micro Cleansing Foam which I love. It’s a gentle physical exfoliator that works great with my skin but I wouldn’t recommend to most people. You have to be careful/gentle when you rub it in your skin and never do it for more than 60 seconds.
I won’t get in the all ‘micro tears’ discussion because I’m not a dermatologist and people that aren’t shouldn’t make claims… But, I’m sharing this with you and hopefully we can start a debate.
Let me know if you have a different cleansing routine! I’m always up to improve mine.