Cleansers: The current line-up

Following my previous post – The Importance of a Good Cleansing Routine – I thought I’d review the current crop of cleansers that are frequenting my bathroom cabinet!

Since starting to double cleanse at night, I’ve found that when I tone I often don’t have anything left on the cotton pad! My skin feels like it absorbs my next products better and I do feel my skin is in a much better and balanced state since being more religious with my cleansing.

Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser with Cottonseed

OMG, my Holy Grail cleanser. It’s as simple as that. Ive used this cleanser pretty much non-stop for about 6 percent years. It’s soft on my skin, but so effective at melting my makeup. I’m a recent convert to Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation, and y’all know that doesn’t budge! This, though gently breaks down my full cover and my layers of mascara. I’m sold for life!

Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm

I have used other cleansing balms before but had never got round to repurchasing. When in Boots one day it was 3 for 2 on skincare so I decided to pick this up and give it a go! I’m a sucker for a spa-like scent and this has got just that! I use this as my second cleanse, or when I’ve had a makeup free day. It melts to a rich oil texture as massaged into the skin, and instantly relaxes me as I use it. I don’t use the muslin cloth included, as I prefer a flannel mitt but I always feel completely clean after using. I find I need the flannel texture to get the oily residue off my skin post cleanse, so this probably isn’t best for an oily skin, but for my dry and dehydrated skin it’s amazing! 

Bobbi Brown Cleansing Oil   I caved a few months ago and ordered this to see what the fuss was about with cleansing oils. Again, I use this as my second cleanse onto dry skin to make sure the last bits of makeup have been removed. It’s gentle, but I’m not a huge fan of the smell. I imagined it to be more herbal from the description but it’s quite plain. I like that this can be removed just with water, it emulsifies and changes to a milky texture so comes off the skin very easily. I’ve enjoyed using it, but wouldn’t repurchase. 

Estée Lauder Perfectly Clean Face Wash and Refiner  I often keep this one in the shower to use in a morning if I’ve used the Cleansing Balm first. It really removes all the last traces of the cleansing balm, and makes my skin squeaky clean and with its really gentle small beads, it softens and brightens the skin for that perfect prep for my next products. It’s a gel so is fab at purifying an oily skin, but is gentle enough for other skin types to use as a gentle scrub a couple of times a week. 

Urban Decay Makeup Meltdown  This is a pre-cleanse product that melts your foundation and makeup away from the skin by gently breaking down all traces of makeup before you follow with your cleanser. You can also use it as a quick mask before you’re due to go out! All its goodness plumps and brightens the skin so you’ve got a great base to put your makeup onto! 

I still have a bit of a wish list of cleansers to try so watch this space for some updates! 


The Importance of a Good Cleansing Routine | The Beauty Spot

For a long time I was very lazy in the cleansing department. I would skip toner more than I’d use it, and often would only wash/cleanse once at night. I trained as a beauty therapist and have worked in high end beauty for 7 years and I would still confess to lacking in the cleansing area of my routine. *the shame!*

In June 2014 I started treatment for acne and became much more aware of the fact that if I was putting treatment gel on my face for spots and scarring, it needed to be on completely clean skin, otherwise how was it going to work if bits of foundation were still there?!

And so I began double cleansing. This makes so much sense I couldn’t believe I had never really done it before!

Think about your evening cleansing routine in two sections, especially if you wear makeup.  You need to remove the makeup first, before cleansing and balancing the skin. So just using wipes – for example – to take the makeup off is not going to cut it, because bits of foundation can quite easily be left behind. I think wipes are great for quick fix after a night out when you are a little worse for wear, but if you think about it, all you’re doing is eventually moving the grime around your face when the wipe is full and dirty.

The other thing with wipes is that if you’re wearing a medium/full coverage foundation, you will most probably have wipe the skin a lot in order to remove it and that can feel rough and irritate. So having a makeup removing product and cleansing product is the way to go!

Some cleansers are effective enough at breaking down makeup (probably depends on your makeup too though!) but for me I’ve been finding that using two separate products have really done the trick.  I’ll follow up with specific products that are currently in my bathroom, but especially during my acne treatment, I was loving the soothing element of oils and balms as my second cleanse. Because my treatment gel was harsh and uncomfortable on my skin, I was finding that a couple of minutes spent slowly massaging my skin with a gentle product was good for settling my mind before bed and was soothing my skin before applying the gel.

The best thing about a good cleansing routine, is that when your skin is squeaky clean, your following products will all work much more effectively! And if you invest good money in your serum/oil/moisturiser you want to know it can work how it’s supposed to; ceansing is the where that starts!

With any routine, its about finding what works for you and since December when I finished my treatment, I’ve continued with this, and my skin seems to be loving it!

What cleansing or makeup removing products do you swear by?

Cleanser: The Current Crop


Over the few years I’ve tended to reach for the same cleanser over and over.  A quick facial wash that will remove my makeup with ease and makes my skin feel squeaky clean.  However, recently I’ve been trying out a few different types of cleanser to break up my routine a bit and to hopefully improve my skin.  I will most likely do a more in-depth post about the struggles I’ve had with my skin in the new year, but for now I just wanted to talk about what cleansers I’m tending to use on a semi regular basis.

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