cleanse

So in my review for Balm Balm, I waffle on about my favourite type of cleansing ritual and how it is the most effective for removing makeup and impurities, whilst maintaining balance and comfort in the skin.  Well it’s all true, I didn’t lie, but sometimes, and let me quote the voice of our times here, “ain’t nobody got time for dat”.  Therefore, I like to keep an arsenal of lazy cleansers on hand to satisfy my quick cleansing needs.

I aim to cover all bases, so in addition to my two step balm cleanse, I have some one step lovelies at the ready – a foaming cleanser, an oil and packet of facial wipes.  They all serve a different purpose, but deliver the same results – gently cleansed skin that doesn’t feel tight or dry.

Let me start with Miss Popularity, Sukin, and their Foaming Facial Cleanser.  As mentioned in my Sukin brand review, this is a staple in my bathroom.  If I jump in the shower in a hurry, and forget to apply a balm or oil cleanser, this gentle foaming gel is waiting to help me out.  There’s really not much to the application, just squirt, lather, massage, rinse.  Done.  It’s the ingredients, however, that set it apart from other foaming cleansers, especially in the under $10 price range.  Free of sulphates and parabens, and loaded with soothing and nourishing ingredients like camomile, aloe vera, green tea and macadamia oil, this doesn’t dry out your skin or leave it feeling tight, just soft and comfortable.  I love to use it after the gym, because somehow a foaming product always feels more deep cleansing to me, and with the addition of astringent witch hazel, you really feel properly purified.  It’s great for removing makeup, however I am a little hesitant to use a foam around my eye area.  I need all the hydration I can get in that region, and although it’s a non drying product, my eyes don’t need such a deep cleanse.

What I do like to use around my eyes, is an oil.  I bought the Aesop Parsley Seed Facial Cleansing Oil from their gorgeous Bondi store last May, while we were there for our wedding anniversary.  That’s a whole year ago, and admittedly I don’t use it everyday, but it’s a long lasting product and extremely good value for money.  I should probably get a new one though, as you’re only supposed to keep it for nine months, whoops.  Anyway, I couldn’t get a facial appointment at such short notice on a Saturday, so I did the next best thing, and quite often my first preference – an in room facial with beautiful products I get to take home with me.

Around this time of year my skin goes mental – you should see it right now, it wants to punch me so hard, it’s so cranky.  The air dries out and takes my skin along with it.  I end up parched, flaky and dehydrated, crying out for some intense nourishment. The thought of a foaming cleanser, even a gentle one, makes my unbalanced face want to scream, so I have to look for a moisturising alternative, to avoid a full blown skin tantrum.

The balm is of course ideal in this situation, but when I want the convenience of a quick cleanser, I go for the Aesop oil.  It emulsifies with water, so there’s no need for a cloth to remove it, as it doesn’t leave a greasy residue.  I usually massage it all over my face, eyes, neck and chest, before hopping into the shower, where I leave it on until the end, then use my wet hands to emulsify it.  Sometimes I’ll forget, so I keep the bottle just outside the shower, where I can easily reach it, then massage it straight onto wet skin.  This offers a much lighter cleanse, but is fine for when I’m not wearing any makeup.  Applied to dry skin and eyes, however, it takes away all your slap.  With a warming nutty aroma and loaded with beautiful nourishing oils and antioxidants, this cleanser leaves your skin feeling soft, hydrated and my favourite word – comfortable!  Plus, it looks super mega stylish in your bathroom.

Finally, a product that everyone needs to either run to the shops or get online and buy NOW!  Stop using those alcohol soaked nightmares that are shit for you and for the environment, and start giving your face and planet some love with Wotnot Facial Wipes.  From the very first use, you will notice a huge difference between most of the other cleansing wipes out there and these beautiful big sheets of pure, organic, skin caressing goodness.  The softest, 100% natural and biodegradable fibre cloths are laced with organic rosehip, sweet almond oil and aloe vera, to gently, but effectively remove dirt, makeup – including waterproof mascara – and maybe a bit sauce left on your face from lunch.  They offer an amazingly fresh cleanse, without the need for alcohol, parabens and other artificial evils, that can strip the skin of it’s suppleness.  You don’t feel squeaky clean after using the Wotnot Wipes, instead the nourishing oils kiss your face with tender loving care, and leave your skin feeling like you’ve just applied a light moisturiser.  This makes them perfect for travel, or for keeping in your gym bag, unless of course you’re one of those women who likes to sweat through a full face of makeup…no judgement…never any judgement…OK, some judgement…just use the damn wipes.

The importance of cleansing is a polarising topic in the world of beauty.  Many think that because the product is only on your skin for a short time before removing, that you don’t need to be too fussy about it.  I’m on the other side of the debate, and believe, that while you don’t have to spend a lot of money, whatever you do choose needs to be appropriate for your skin type and maintain it’s natural balance.  My advice is to use products designed for ‘normal’ skin as a starting point, as they are most likely to keep your skin on an even keel and rebalance any issues caused by using cleansers that are either too drying or too rich.  I have seen so many women incorrectly diagnosing their skin type because their current cleanser has put them out of whack.  This is where the amazing balm ritual can really work it’s magic and get you back on track, if you have the time of course.  If not, then these three lovely products are a perfect quick alternative, that will keep your bratty face under control.

Kind Beauty Points : All brands featured are cruelty free and eco friendly.  Read more about Sukin here.  Wotnot also donate a percentage of sales to Bear Cottage, a children’s hospice in NSW.

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