Is there anything better than getting in from work, wacking your hair up into a top bun, putting your PJs on and wiping all of the day’s dirt off your face? (Well, maybe a cheeky box of Guylian Seashell chocs thrown in the mix couldn’t hurt…)
I have plenty of cleansers on rotation as I love the feeling of taking off my makeup (is a triple cleanse too much?) but at the moment, my latest favourite evening skincare products that haven’t upset my breakout-prone skin are:
- Lancome Bi-Facil Eye Makeup Remover: I LOVE a bi-phase eye makeup remover and used to swear by the Vichy Purete Thermal eye makeup remover before I received a sample of this lovely Lancome offering. After I give it a good shake to mix the bi-phase formula, I tip onto a cotton wool pad until it turns blue, hold onto my eye for a few seconds then gently wipe off my eye makeup. It’s very similar to the Vichy remover as it does not sting eyes at all, doesn’t pull out any lashes (though I haven’t ever tried on lash extensions) and works really well; I only need to wet the cotton pad once for each eye and all the makeup comes off, meaning this big bottle has lasted me a good few months already!
- DHC Deep Cleansing Oil: I am obsessed with oil cleansers as they require you to massage your face which is just such a nice feeling that ordinarily we don’t do to ourselves! I received this DHC Deep Cleansing Oil in a goodybag and have been so impressed with it. It is neither too runny nor too thick/greasy and after I massage it into dry skin with my fingers, I then wet my fingers and massage again where it turns into a lovely milky lather. As my skin is prone to redness and blemishes, I love that it leaves my skin feeling super soft and not at all red or irritated (this could be the nourishing olive oil in it), whilst still taking off all makeup, even waterproof mascara. Love this stuff.
(If you are interested in other cleansing oils, Shu Uemura facial oils are rated in the industry or for something cheaper, The Body Shop have a lovely Chamomile Cleansing Oil, although this feels a little thicker and does run out more quickly. I have also been using the new bareMinerals Oil Obsessed cleansing oil which launches in the UK tomorrow and this is SO lovely – the calming lavender included makes it feel like the most sensorial, relaxing of the bunch).
- Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel: if you are a reader of beauty blogs you will have probably seen this illuminating vitamin melting cleanser pop up everywhere! This beauty blogger favourite is a rose coloured, thick gel that you massage into skin until it melts (feels so lovely) before splashing with water or removing with a wet muslin cloth. Rich in lots of nourishing vitamins, it is designed to gently remove impurities to leave skin clear, bright, soft and fresh. And it really does deliver! When I use this, my skin instantly looks brighter and more even toned whilst feeling beautifully soft and nourished. Honestly, the softness and radiance is awesome. I don’t know if I would use it as my only cleanser to take off all my makeup but I absolutely rate it as my second cleanser or for a morning cleanse. Definitely check this out if you have sensitive, dry or dull skin.
- La Roche-Posay Serozinc: Ah La Roche-Posay, one of my favourite French pharmacy skincare brands! After many requests from UK customers, Serozinc is now available to buy in the UK and has become a bit of a cult product! It is an antibacterial zinc facial mist spray that helps to clear and soothe oily, blemish-prone skin to help calm spots and mattify. Zinc is reported to help against acne as well as help bind moisture to skin meaning it won’t dry out skin as a lot of spot-fighting products can do. I do sometimes use this in the morning too as it works really well under makeup. If you have sensitive, combination skin, this could be for you.
Are there any other skincare heroes you think I should try?