Cleanse your face, even when you’re drop-dead tired!
In the cleansing files I’ll explain you everything you need to know about removing your makeup and cleansing your face. For those early mornings after a long party night and those Sunday pampering moments!
Chapter one: cleansing for busy career ladies or lazy girls – the micellar formula
I never made it a secret that I’m a huge fan of oil cleansers. Not everybody likes them though, you have to massage them into your skin for the makeup to dissolve and you have to rinse well to lift off all impurities. Not something every beauty bunny is willing to do after a night of partying or in the morning when every second counts. For situations like these, micellar water (or gel) is the go-to product. What once started as a cleanser for sensitive skin, only available in French pharmacies, is now produced by both budget and high end brands and the choices get broader by the day it seems. It’s easy to see why it’s such a huge success: it’s easy and quick, just pour or pump the micellar solution onto a cotton pad, wipe and done, there’s even no need to rinse. Let me show you some of the options.
Nivea Micellair Skin Breathe Eye Makeup Remover Gel is an anti-residue formula enriched with hyaluronic acid. At the same time it cleanses and hydrates the sensitive skin in the eye area. The oil-free formula effectively removes mascara and lipstick and it doesn’t sting.
The Elixir Jeunesse range by Yves Rocher features an Anti-Pollution + Detox Micellar Cleansing Gel. It comes in an eco-friendly bottle and the formula is of 93% natural origin. This gel has been enriched with concentrate of Aphloia, an evergreen said to have exceptional protective and skin repairing properties. It can be used to cleanse face and eyes (as long as you don’t wear waterproof or heavy eye makeup) face and it suits all skin types.
One of my personal favourite skincare brands is Caudalie. The Micellar Water is suitable for even the most sensitive skin types, it has a gentle, soap-free formula which is made up of 98% naturally derived ingredients that respect the skin’s natural pH balance. This micellar water is infused with soothing chamomile and moisturising grape water, and is for sale at the pharmacy.
The name Clinique 2-in-1 cleansing micellar gel + light makeup remover says exactly what this product does. The gel-to-water formula feels fresh to the skin and it leaves no residue. I like the fact that it’s perfume-free and that it leaves my skin feeling comfortable and even hydrated.
As tempting as micellar waters and gels are, you have to realize that these products are no deep cleansers. To keep your skin healthy and fresh-looking, it’s necessary to cleanse more thoroughly on a regular basis. I always test the effectiveness of a cleansing product by following with a swipe of my holy grail, Pixi Glow Tonic. This exfoliating toner with 5% glycolic acid seriously puts any cleanser to the test. I sincerely hope it never, ever gets discontinued! For now, every time I’m in London I stop by Pixi’s for a chat with these lovely ladies and to buy a bucket load.
Remove your makeup & cleanse your skin!