In my last post, I introduced you to my new favourite oil cleanser. And in this post, I want to talk to you a little about cleansing in general, my experiences and journey with cleansers and why cleansing is so important. Welcome to A Word on Cleansing.
Cleansing is essential. Regardless of whether you wear makeup or not, cleansing needs to be part of your evening routine. (Yes also for men.) In the mornings an argument can be made for only rinsing with water, especially if you have dry skin. But when you’ve been prancing around town, getting sweaty, getting all of the dirt, sweat and makeup off at the end of the day is important. Not only will it help prevent breakouts, serums and treatments don’t really work on dirty skin.
So regardless of whether you wear makeup or not, cleansing must be the first step in your evening routine. And if you wear makeup or SPF, double cleansing is a must. Why you might ask? Well, with the first step, you get off all the makeup and SPF, and with the second step, you actually clean your skin. Make’s sense right?
Before I read Caroline Hiron’s blog, double cleanse meant nothing to me. I’d remove mascara, eyeshadow, and liner with a waterproof eye makeup remover by Maybelline and then thoroughly scrub my face with the St Ives Peach Scrub or a super foaming cleanser. Yay. When the micellar water hype started, I switched to the Garnier Micellar water (a “cult” favourite). I’ll admit, I was and still am surprised by how well micellar waters can remove makeup. But there was always a little bit of eye makeup left. 1 – 0 for the dedicated eye makeup remover.
Having 3 steps to clean my face (eye makeup remover, micellar water, cleanser) pissed me off royally. Not only because it was time- and cotton pad consuming, but also because I hate inefficiency. There had to be a better solution.
Lo and behold, Caroline Hirons launched the Double Cleanse! And all my prayers were answered. Shortly after the launch, I went to London with a bunch of just as obsessed skincare fans. I bought the Double Cleanse and was in makeup removing and cleansing heaven. For a while at least. I have a few gripes with the Double Cleanse. But more on that later. After I used up the whole tub of Double Cleanse, I finally purchased the Body Shop Camomille Sumptuous Cleansing Butter. And if you’ve read the review, you know that I love it and that it removes all of my makeup.
So there you have it, a more or less complete timeline of my cleansing adventures. There are a few more reviews coming to a couple of cleansers I really like at the moment. So keep an eye out for those!
And remember: Cleansing is not optional!