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 Solution, Bioderma’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.
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.
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.