What I Use to Wash My Face

Washing my face has become one of my favourite parts of the day over the past few years. Something I used to think of as a chore - a task I'd try to speed through or avoid with three-in-one products or awful, ineffective cleansing wipes - is now something I usually start looking forward to sometime just after lunch.

My teenage skin, pregnancy skin and post-pregnancy skin was fine. It was clear, it was normal, it was something I just didn't need to think about. While my friends would complain about oily skin and spots, I regularly fell asleep in make-up and had no interest in expanding my skincare routine beyond an occasional attack with some abrasive smashed apricot kernel scrub, and maybe a swipe of eye make-up remover on the days I was still panda-eyed after showering.

Then, upsettingly and out of the blue, I did have to think about my skin. Faced with a sudden triple-whammy of cystic spots, perioral dermatitis and a mild rosacea flare-up, I started obsessively reading about skincare. The more I pored over the science behind ingredients, the more I wanted to try new products; interestingly, it was only when I read about these things without being exposed to any bold marketing claims that I started seriously wanting to explore skincare.

Once I realised how drastically my skin improved when I was willing to put the time into properly cleansing, the whole ritual became a joy. Now, the moment I shut myself into the bathroom to start massaging lovely-smelling products into my skin to clear off the day's grime is what marks the end of the day; it's an action to signify that I get to relax for the evening.

Proper cleansing - with water and flannels rather than wipes and cotton pads - made a huge difference to my skin, and was the starting point for a whole new level of obsession with beauty and skincare for me.
I'm certain anyone, whatever the condition of your skin, can improve things to some extent by committing to a good cleansing routine. These are four cleansers I'd never want to be without:

1. Super Facialist by Una Brennan, Vitamin C Skin Renew Cleansing Oil
This has been my favourite pre-cleanse/make-up remover for a while. I'm sceptical about how beneficial the vitamin C can be (aside from being low on the ingredients list, vitamin C tends not to be very photostable and this oil comes in a clear plastic bottle), but it easily dissolves even the most stubborn waterproof make-up, it smells pleasantly orangey and it leaves my skin soft without the annoying film of grease some oils leave. It's a proper bargain too, currently £10.99 in Boots and the bottle pictured has been used regularly for nearly a year. Keep in mind this is designed to be used as part of a double-cleansing routine.

2. Elemental Herbology Bio-Cellular Super Cleanse
This cleanser smells amazing - there's a strong note of geranium, which is a big favourite of mine. For this reason it might not be suitable for those sensitive to essential oils, but I've found it to be soothing and incredibly moisturising. It's made with mostly natural ingredients and contains apple AHAs to help shed dead skin cells along with loads of nice plant oils. This is what I usually follow the Super Facialist oil with, and my skin always feels healthy and nourished afterwards. £26.00 from FeelUnique.

3. Soap and Glory, Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk
I've been using this cleanser on and off for about four years now, and I keep going back to it - I'll be repurchasing as soon as I've finished the last bit in this bottle. If you can get past the strange synthetic peach and menthol fragrance, this is an excellent basic cleanser. It removes light make-up and excess oil and leaves skin feeling lightly moisturised - I find it perfect for freshening up my skin in the morning. It's £8 from Boots, and is usually included in one of their skincare offers.

4. Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser
I don't use this often as I tend to prefer balm or cream cleansers over foaming ones, but if I've been wearing a lot of make-up or had a super-sweaty workout I'll use this after the Super Facialist oil to make sure there's nothing left clinging to my skin. It gets rid of any last traces of oil and make-up, but still leaves my skin feeling nice - there's none of the usual tightness foaming cleansers can cause, and this one is SLS free. Pleasingly, it smells like effervescent vitamin C tablets. £26.99 from FeelUnique.
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  1. Haven't heard of any of these before! Thanks for the review :)

    xo, mikéla / simplydavelyn.com

    1. They're definitely worth a try if you get a chance :)

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