I thought I would share my two current favourite cleansers with you – Eve Lom Gel Cleanser, and Clinique’s 2 in 1 Cleansing Micellar Gel.
I am sharing them because I am really surprised that I like these cleansers so much – I really didn’t expect to. I have experimented with how and when I use them, and I now use the Eve Lom in the morning, and the Clinique to take off my makeup at night.
The Eve Lom Gel Balm Cleanser (£45, Space NK) is brilliant. I wrote about it on this blog back in September, but I am revisiting it, because my opinion has changed a little bit. I no longer use it for taking off my makeup – unless I am in the shower and have last night’s makeup on!
I don’t like using cleansers that need rinsed off in the evening, because I have a small sink and it just makes a mess. I still love the efficacy of this cleanser though, and the fact that it does not give me any issues with my skin at all – it doesn’t sting, it doesn’t dry, it’s just brilliant.
I know £45 is not cheap, but cleansing is a really important part of your skincare routine. No point skimping on the cleanser and then applying expensive moisturisers and serums, is there? It’s like painting the walls without priming or cleaning them first. I keep this lovely cleanser in my shower and use it every day.
It’s fortified with a high dose of moisturising shea butter and nourishing grapeseed oil. Although I am not the biggest fan of Eve Lom’s signature blend of clove, eucalyptus, hops and chamomile oils, I have grown to like it a little more!
Clinique’s 2 in 1 Cleansing Micellar Gel + Light Makeup Remover (£17, clinique.co.uk) is a revelation! I didn’t expect to love this at all. But, I am addicted to it, and it takes off more than just light makeup. It doesn’t always remove all of my mascara – in particular the Clinique Full to Flutter, which, lets be honest, only comes off after about three cleanses!
It’s so easy to use – though be careful when you squeeze it out, as it is water, the minute it hits your skin.
Clinique tell you to apply a ‘quarter-sized’ amount – so a ten pence piece amount in UK money – with fingertips for the face and lips, and tissue off. For your eyes, use a cotton pad. You don’t need to rinse. Which I love! The way I do it is apply it to my face, and cotton pad off, and then use another drop on a cotton pad to take off my (usually red) lipstick, and another two to deal with my eyes.
This works efficiently and I cannot recommend this product enough. I love it – the bottle in the picture is almost empty and I am on to my next now. (Thank you Clinique!).
What are your favourite cleansers, and your cleansing routine?