Cleansers seem to be something I really like buying, and I always have a few key things in mind when I decide to add to the collection. I like creamy, milky cleansers, that will brighten my complexion whilst not being stripping, and have a fresh, nice fragrance to help wake me up in the early hours. I thought I'd talk through some of my favourites, and how they effect my skin after using.
My most used and one I always have on hand is Caudalie Gentle Cleansing Milk. It has a light, creamy texture, and is so gentle, after washing off my skin feels balanced and fresh. If you have sensitive skin this is definitely one you should be checking out, I pull it out every time I get painful breakouts as I know it won't cause any more irritation. The Body Shop Vitamin E Cream Cleanser is very similar, nice and creamy and just a lovely, easy cleanser to use. It's a nice one to use after a cleansing oil in the evenings too, as it does a good job of removing any left over make-up.
My most recent buy is the Antipodes Hallelujah Lime and Patchouli Cleanser, which is a nice, thick cream cleanser with a lovely herbal but fresh scent. I've only used this a few times but it doesn't strip my skin at all, it leaves my face feeling so soft and looking really bright. The Jurlique Purely Bright Cleanser* is almost all gone, and has been well loved throughout it's use. It has a little pumice scrub in so really brightens the complexion, but has always been gentle enough to use daily and not cause any blemishes or irritation. When I use this on a regular basis I actually notice a lot less breakouts and my scarring clears up nicely, too. I'll be repurchasing this one soon.
I'm not usually a great fan of gel cleansers, hence why there's only one in this little bit. Eucerin DermoPurifyer Cleanser* is a slightly foaming cleanser, which I find leaves my cheeks (which are quite normal-dry, as opposed to oily around the rest of my face) quite tight. It's nothing that can't be sorted with the help of a hydrating serum, but there's just others I slightly prefer. This one is a good'un for those with oily, blemish prone skin as it really removes any grime and oil on the skin without being too stripping, and leaves the skin looking matte.
I don't use either of these on a too regular basis, as I find using a scrub too often can irritate my skin, and most of the time I stick to the creamy, gentle offering. But if my skin is looking a bit dull and I don't have any active breakouts, just scarring, I'll pull out either of these. For a more gentle one, I'll pick the Balance Me Cleanse and Smooth Balm; this has a nice, thick balmy texture with some slight scrub in. I like how this one is used as you apply to dry skin for as long as you'd like, then add water and you can really get to work on your face without fear of it irritating you. For a more heavy duty scrub I really like the Vichy Normaderm. It has a gel texture and does foam up slightly, so works similar to the Eucerin in that it really removes any sign of grease and oil, whilst brightening up the face. It does sometimes feel a little scratchy so I am careful with this, but it's good to pull out every once in a while. I focus mostly on my nose, as it really helps to clear any blackheads I have.
Have you tried any of these? What's your favourite morning cleanser?