How do you cleanse/wash your face?

Every night I wash my face with a water-soluble cleanser and flannel (or face cloth to my North American friends).

For years I used a non-rinse cleanser. My favourites were L’Oréal’s Gentle Micellar SolutionBioderma’s Sensibio H2O and Vichy’s Purete Thermale 3 in 1 Calming Cleansing Micellar Solution. And all come highly recommended.

But this past winter my skin was horrific. I had an extra-dry shrivel fest going on.

“I guess this means I’m getting old” I thought to myself. This is the end. I’m now basically a pensioner.

After doing some reading online and talking to a nice lady at the Clinique counter, I concluded my skin needed some exfoliation. Which it definitely wasn’t getting with my cotton pad and cleansing water routine.

So I switched to a foaming face cleanser and flannel (and was convinced by the nice Clinique lady to try their Mild Clarifying Lotion which – if you’ve ever used any of their clarifying lotions – is NOTHING like the rest of their horrid paint stripper lotions.)

I’d done the face wash thing before but stopped because I got lazy at night hence the cleansing water.

But something about turning 40 and watching my skin transform into a shriveled raisin made me change.

After consulting Paula’s Choice I took myself off to the drugstore and picked up a bottle of Olay’s Foaming Face Wash for Sensitive Skin. And I really liked it.

My skin leans fairly dry though and, despite this wash being gentle, my face looks dry afterwards. It’s kind of a race to get my serum and moisturizer on before my face starts to crack into tiny pieces. Okay. That last part was an exaggeration but you get the idea.

I recently watched a Sali Hughes video where she talked about preferring cream cleansers. I’m not sure why it took her to nudge me but OF COURSE I SHOULD BE USING A CREAM CLEANSER.

Stashed away in my bathroom cabinet was a bottle of Neutrogena’s Extra Gentle Cleanser which I applied in the same way I would a foamy wash and flannel. Hey presto! No dryness after rinsing.

Because I CAN I’m going to check out a couple of other cream cleansers notably Bioderma’s Sensibio Cleansing Milk and Clinique’s Take The Day Off Cleansing Milk. Erm. When I have the money.

For now, I’m going to try Eucerin’s DermatoCLEAN Mild Cleansing Lotion.

I’m particularly interested to hear how you cleanse your face at night and what’s worked for you and what hasn’t. Do tell.

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I picked up the Eucerin cleanser last night and am very happy to report that it’s fabulous. I doubt I’ll be spending the money on the Bioderma or Clinique cleansers (ack! But you never know, right?!) If you’re looking for a cream cleanser you can’t go wrong with Eucerin’s DermatoCLEAN Mild Cleansing Lotion.


  1. It all depends on how lazy or sometime how drunk I am! On lazy days I use the same Micellar stuff as you and it’s been ok. If I’m away from home for a night I pack B.Quick 4 in one cleanising wipes in my bag. Right now I’m into Clinique take the day off cleansing balm followed by Mild Clarifying Lotion. Great minds eh? The holy grail for me and a special treat I always go back to when I’m feeling flush is Shu Uemura Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil. It’s proper amazeballs but super spenny. By the wat, you need to get your mits on some Chanel Rouge Noir nail polish, yummy.

    1. I totally want some Chanel Rouge Noir. Last night I was Googling for Chanel Malice which is an old limited edition but I’m not paying $40 for it on eBay. Maybe I’ll get me some Rouge Noir tonight after work.

  2. I’ve been using the Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser every day for 15 years or so – love it. I use far too much of it each time and “double cleanse” if I’m wearing makeup (and as I always were Ultrasun spf too). I also love the Elemis cleansing balm but that’s for a special treat.

    1. Ooh! I just looked up the Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser. It looks wonderful. We don’t get Liz Earle here in Canada. Or at least I’ve never seen her stuff. I’ll have to buy some next time I’m in the UK.

  3. I have tried just about every cleanser – drug store to dermatologist – and have found 2 that are lovely and don’t irritate my skin. First love the Paula’s Choice brand Skin Recovery system – well priced and deeeelicious on my poor dry, dehydrated, middle-aged lady skin. Free delivery to Canada on orders over $50 (or maybe all orders?) and it’s fast.
    I also love La Roche-Posay’s Toleraine line which is available at Shopper’s in both normal-oily and normal-dry lines. Bit more expensive but completely free or irritants and the normal-dry line is quite hydrating.

    1. La Roche-Posay’s Toleraine stuff was almost on my list. I have it favourited on Paula’s Choice. And I really want to get some of her stuff.

  4. Hey Liz I have dry sensitive skin as well and recently switched to all things Kiehls. It’s pricey but lasts a long time and works really well. I like the flannel method as well since the exfoliating products generally aggravate my face. Love the blog!

    1. I have a Kiehl’s cleanser on my wish list. I’ve always liked Kiehls – and have used several of their products – but have been disappointed with some. I once bought the most divine smelling body wash from their New York store. A total indulgence but I’ve never smelled one like it since!

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