Happy Monday, dear readers! How are you all?
Since it’s already February and winter hasn’t released its grip on us here in Switzerland, I thought this would be a good time to talk about skincare – and how to improve your routine. I hereby declare 2018 as the year of skincare!
So let’s start with the most important step: cleansing. I’m very passionate about this subject and I never get tired of telling everyone how very important it is to wash your face correctly.
As you can see, I’m VERY SERIOUS!
We all know that you really can’t skip removing your make-up in the evening. SO DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT GOING TO BED WITH YOUR MAKEUP ON. But it’s not just about make-up, it’s just as important that your skin is truly clean. Because there’s no use in putting expensive serums and creams on your face if your skin can’t drink them up properly!
I’m going to lead by example and quickly show you my cleansing routine:
In the mornings, I use a non-drying cleansing gel (say no to sulfates!) and in the evenings, I double cleanse.
What is Double Cleansing? I’m glad you asked!
Double Cleansing means cleansing your face in two steps. This is especially important if you wear make-up and/or SPF on the reg. Which you should do, of course (the SPF part!).
In practice, this looks something like this:
The first cleanse is generally done with the cheaper product. This could be oil, milk or even micellar water. Once the make-up is removed, you can switch to your higher quality products – a balm for example. The second cleanse is also the time to massage your face. If you take your time to do this, you won’t need to invest in a Clarisonic.
All the purists who don’t wear make-up can skip the first step and go directly to massage the face with a good cleanser. If you’re wearing sunscreen, I would still do a double cleanse.
On another note, I would highly recommend using a washcloth for your cleansing routine – you will get better results and it just feels great!
Just don’t forget to exchange your washcloth daily.
Oh and just saying: wipes are a not acceptable!
Concerning skincare and especially cleansing, there’s no better blogger than Caroline Hirons. The UK-based beauty pro has excellent know-how, is super honest and – to top it all off – is also incredibly funny. I discovered double cleansing thanks to her and I wouldn’t want to do without it: My skin has visibly improved and I really enjoy my skincare ritual in the evening.
Caroline also has a Youtube channel, which I can highly recommend. So let’s have a look at her demonstrating her two minute double cleanse:
…and now, let’s have a look at some products:
In the mornings, we want to do a simple cleanse with either a gel, an oil/balm or a milk.
The Organic Pharmacy Rose Cleansing Gel (100ml), USD 85
A great and gentle cleansing gel with aloe, rose and rosehip. Doesn’t dry the skin out and smells amazing. My favourite for the morning cleanse.
Caudalie Gentle Cleansing Milk (200ml), around USD 18
A simple but very good cleansing milk, which treats the skin with sweet almond and cornflower. Also, it’s quite affordable!
Dr. Hauschka Soothing Cleansing Milk (145ml), around USD 35
A true classic which gently cleanses with almond- and jojoba oil. And, of course, it’s organic!
Evening Cleanse / Double Cleanse
Since I wear both make-up and sunscreen almost every day, an evening double cleanse is a must for me. Most of the time I use an oil first, and then proceed to a balm. Greasy textures are most efficient in removing everything, and by removing the products with a washcloth, you really get everything off and are never left with greasy residue (if that’s what you’re afraid of)!
Products for the first cleanse can be simple and cheap. These are my favourites:
Farfalla Apricot Kernel Oil (75ml), around USD 15
A simple base oil is great for removing make-up, especially if it’s organic!
Cattier Micellar Water (300ml), around USD 15
This micellar water is a natural alternative to Bioderma and gets rid of everything!
The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter (90ml), around USD 20
This cleansing balm by The Body Shop is definitely not enough talked about: inexpensive and potent!
By the way, I never use an eye make-up remover, I remove everything with the same product. If you can’t do that (because you wear waterproof mascara, for instance), removing your eye make-up would fall into the first category of cleansing.
Moving forward to the second step: now it’s the time to whip out your expensive, good quality cleansers. This is also the time to massage your face (and enjoy it!). I can highly recommend:
The Organic Pharmacy Carrot Butter (75ml), USD 74
Oh I just LOVE this cleanser! Smells delicious, does a great job and leaves your skin glowing! Read up more on The Organic Pharmacy here!
Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser (125ml), USD 72
Tata Harper’s cleansers are definitely the Bentley amongst the natural ones. But oh my, they’re so good, and very much worth it!
Pai Skincare Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser (200ml), around USD 50
With camellia and rose, this cleanser nourishes and calms the skin. A very good product that I keep buying!
That was quite a lot to take in, wasn’t it? But I hope you’ve learned something new about cleansing and keep on taking care of your skin. A last tip for double cleansing-beginners: Keep your eyes peeled for cotton flannels (washcloths, for you Americans) on sale!
Investing in ten or so is totally worth it, as you can use a fresh one every night, which guarantees an even cleaner experience… AND you feel like you live at a spa!
I’m sure you will love it just as much as I do.
Have a great week and don’t forget to treat yourself (and cleanse!)!
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