These words were continuously drummed into me when I was a teen. “Don’t pop that pimple!”, “why apples are secretly good for your skin” and the like. I’ve gone from everything from Clean & Clear to Dermalogica and in between to find that one holy grail.
But I’ve come to the conclusion: why just one? We need to clean our faces at least twice daily (and sometimes more) so why not mix it up a little?
I currently have four on rotation:
- Cetaphil – a classic. It’s super gentle and leaves my skin feeling soft and fresh. As you can see by the size of my pump bottle I’m quite the Cetaphil devotee. I particularly like using it before I go to bed because by this stage my face is already quite clean and only needs a quick wash (I like to shower after work so by the time it gets dark I’m already makeup free and ready for a snooze!).
- Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser
I looooooove the scent! It’s a little bit on the exxy side though – I bought it in the States so it was somewhat justifiably cheap(er) and bit the bullet. I’ve read so many good things about this cleanser and so far they’re not wrong. It gives my skin a deep clean and makes my pores somewhat tighter. I’ve only been using it for a week or so though so we’ll have to see how it lasts.
- Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Melting Cleanser Every time I use this I’m just amazed at the formulation. It’s a gel when you touch it but once you apply it to your face it melts into an oil. But wait! That’s not all – add some H2O and it emulsifies into and milk. I love to use it to remove makeup (usually in the shower though it is super hard to apply it on dry when you’re in the shower but anyway …).
- Obagi Nu-Derm Foaming Cleanser I like to use this bad boy with my Clarisonic Mia for times when I feel like I need a deeper cleanse/am too lazy to remove makeup. It works really well with the brush and leaves my skin feeling super smooth and squeaky clean.