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I’m blogging about beauty since nearly a year and I thought it’s right time to show you my own care or to say better: what I use in my skin care rituals. First, I planned to write about a day of my regime, but there’re plenty of items I have to talk about and decided finally to devide it into sub-topics. Today I’m going to introduce my cleansing products and explain why I chose and how I use them. I’ll try to make this a shorter post than I usually do. Further, I’ll write only about products I use at the moment.
Important to know
My case: 38 years old, combination skin with big pores, sebum production, and occasionally break-outs. I choose every item according to these needs.
Though I have my personal must-haves, I always try to switch from time to time between cosmetics I use. This has several reasons:
- because of the needs of the skin,
- because the lack of the time,
- because not to get used to.
- because I’m a beauty junkie and always looking for new cosmetics.
Example. First, I have a skin tending to break-outs and the skin that needs to be exfoliated. The cleansers I use for these purposes can dry the skin out very quick and irritate by daily use, though some of them are mild. Hence I try to switch to more mild and hydrating cleansers for soothing and not to overload the skin. Second: I always try to do a slow face massage for a couple of minutes when I use a cleansing oil. I like to enjoy the moment and relax. For days I felt tired or days I had not enough time I used, (I should actually say I use 🙂 ), yes, I use cleansing water instead of an oil. Quickly clean! Third: Can the skin get used to cosmetics? I cannot prove this, but I personally think, this is possible by a longterm use of a product.
In the past, when I was a teen and college student I was silly enough to remove my makeup with only a foam cleanser. Now I know how much troubles it did to my skin, but anyway I learned my lesson since then. Double cleansing must be! For this I use different cosmetics, some of them I’ve already reviewed here in my blog and will give links to the posts.
At the moment I use three different oils for cleansing, two of them liquid and one in jelly form.
The jelly makeup remover JOWAE Oil-in-Gel Cleanser I’ve already reviewed here in my blog. This is cleansing oil in jelly form. A very gentle and mild makeup remover which is made of more than 90% natural ingredients and filled with other useful substances. I find the idea is good to make it jelly-like, but for my skin type this cleanser pretty fatty. Anyway, there’s not much of the stuff in the tube and I’ll use it till the end. Full review here: JOWAE review Part 1 – Micellar Cleansing Water & Oil-in-Gel Cleanser
For my oily tending skin with big pores I prefer The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil. Really an excellent cleanser for oily and acne-prove skin. It’s free of mineral oil, artificial colourants, alcohol, benzophenon and animal extracts. They sell it in two varieties: Bright for oily skin and Rich for dry skin. This oil is mild enough not to irritate the skin and to remove all the make and dirt thoroughly. I bought it together with the foam cleanser of The Face Shop (I finished it long ago, it’s not amoung cleansers I use at the moment) and am excited how good it works for oily and impure skin. If you’re looking for one, then highly recommend this piece.
Another cleansing oil I use at the moment is Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil. I chose it only because I wanted to try out more of Klairs’ products as I love their cosmetics. This Black oil isn’t black at all. Its name derives from the ingredients its made of, namely: Black Soybean Oil, Black Sesam Seed Oil and Black Currant Seed Oil. Them and other oils it contains not only help to deeply cleanse the skin, but also provide antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to nourish the skin. Further the oil is hypoallergenic and for all skin types. This is really a high quality product, gentle, not fat and not irritating, but soothes the skin during cleansing. But despite this for my skin it’s too heavy. That’s a pity, I like Klairs and this oil, but will look for another oil after finishing this.
Micellar Cleansing Water
Micellar water I’ve been using at the moment is JOWAE Micellar Cleansing Water that I also reviewed together with the oil cleanser from the same brand. I simply love it and am thankful everyday I’ve found it. The other cleansing waters I used all over the years were all, with one exception, simply bad, full of chemicals, stank horribly, felt like you put a chemical solution over. YUCK! This micellar water is as mild and gentle as a toner, cleanse deeply, removes effectively makeup and dirt, nourish and even hydrate without any irritations. Read full review here: JOWAE review Part 1 – Micellar Cleansing Water & Oil-in-Gel Cleanser
The only one exception I wrote above is Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water. I used it before I got JOWAE for a long time. Of course it’s not as gentle as JOWAE, but as a mass-market cleansing water it’s OK. Cleanses good and doesn’t irritate. This one I have here is for combo/oily skin, but Garnier has another varieties for dry and sensitive skin too. If you’re looking for a cheaper cleansing water this is the best I know at the moment and recommend.
I use a lot of foam cleansers now and like them all. Like I wrote above, I try to switch between cleansers, so not to cause any damage to the skin. I prefer gel cleansers to foam or paste-like. I think they’re more mild, light to rinse them off and give more foam for those who likes it.
According to my switching method I choose a cleanser in two ways: First groupe: it should be suitable for oily skin, fight impurities, preferably contain acids for exfoliating. Second groupe: be mild and gentle, hyppoallergenic, soothing and hydrating.
My all times fave foam cleanser is Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser, a perfect cleanser for impure skin. Mild and effective at the same time. Cleanses excellent without irritating, contains tea tree oil for desinfection and BHA peels dead cells from skin’s surface. I don’t want to write more about since I’ve already reviewed it last year. Read full review here: Like it! Like it! Like it! – COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser review
Also for exfoliation purposes I use the d’Alba Peptide No-Sebum Mild Gel Cleanser. This is a good cleanser for oily and aging skin. The cleanser works in many ways: it exfoliates because it contains the AHA & BHA, cleanses deeply in the pores and removes everything sebum, dirt, makeup rests, contains peptides as anti-age care and brightens. I use it as additional peeling with other exfoliation cosmetics. Full review here. Italian dawn – Korean sky: d’Alba Piedmont First Spray Mist Serum & Peptide No Sebum Mild Gel Cleanser review
Another gel cleanser I have is JOWAE Purifying Cleansing Gel for combination to oily skin, but as I wrote already in my recent review of JOWAE, their products are so mild and gentle that even cosmetics for oily skin we expect to be a bit more harsh than others, are suitable perfectly for sensitive skin too. It’s a light and mild gel with a pleasant scent of herbs. Free of silicone, mineral oil, paraben, animal extracts, synthetic colourants, phenoxyethanol. It’ also soap-free, maybe because of this it foams badly for my taste, but cleanses Ok. The only one point I dislike is the package. When its tube’s cap opens comes a lot of stuff running out I didn’t need.
For mild hydrating cleansing I use Frudia Blueberry Hydrating Cleansing Foam. I remember as I wrote my review about it last year, I wrote something like I need a stronger cleanser and don’t want to repurchase this one. Later, after using it for many months I rethought this and can say now that I want repurchase till they stop production. It’s so mild, but cleanses very well, hydrates and soothes the skin, smells amazingly of blueberries for a good mood. Full review here: FRUDIA Blueberry Hydrating Cleansing Gel and My orchard hand creams review
Another mild cleanser I love and already bought the second tube is MISSHA SUPER AQUA Refreshing Cleansing Foam. This is my third product of MISSHA’s light blue super aqua line after Ice Tear Essence and Ice Tear Cream. I like MISSHA as brand. My first Korean cosmetics I chose to try were of MISSHA and excited me how good they were and worked. This foam cleanser isn’t an exception. It’s mild and effective at the same time. Leaves the skin clean, soft and smooth after cleansing. This is a paste cleanser, a bit to thick by spreading. I recomment to foam it with a foaming net. Very long lasting. I bought this tube in November or December 2018 and still have enough. OK, I know by a plenty of other cleansers I use… Highly recommend for dry or dehydrated skin.
Sponges, puffs and…
I am not a fan of cleansing accessories like silicone brushes, towels, sponges an so on. I used to use some of them in the past, but dislike it. Recently I used a konjak sponge. I found it quite OK as cleanser, but it takes a lot of time to dry and I simply dislike it.
I decided to try a cleansing puff of Klairs as it was on SALE% and can honestly say that I like it, though it dries as long as konjak sponge))) Cleanses deep in the pores, removes every dirt and smoothes. Not bad. Recommend.
Phewwwww…… Am I ready? Yes, I am! These were my cleansing stars and habits. Thank you lovelies for reading (and likin’ 😉 )