4 May 2017

Skincare | Skin Cleansers

It’s been a while since my first post on this skincare series, my previous post discussed the makeup removers I use on rotation.  Today I bring you, the facial skin cleansers I use.  This is the second step in my skincare routine.  After removing my makeup, this step ‘cleanses’ the skin of any residue of makeup and dead cells.  Some of the products I mentioned below are great for massaging your face to re-invigorate your skin and pamper yourself.

Skincare Routine Cleansers - Aspiring Londoner

 Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel, 100ml (£29.50)

No surprise there, this is undoubtedly my favourite cleanser ever.  It cleanses my skins, exfoliates without irritating my skin and really is great for my skin.  This is my 4th or 5th bottle and I still love it.  I’ve reviewed it in full so please do read if you’re interested.  If you’re thinking about buying it, try and get a sample from Space NK or Liberty’s to see how your skin reacts – don’t want to splurge £30 then realise it doesn’t suit your skin.  But honestly, I don’t think I could be without it.

Another great cream cleanser that’s great for drier skin types, although my combo skin loves it too.  I love the brand’s story as much as I love the product.  The creamy, smooth cleanser feels nourishing on the skin and cleanses the skin from all the impurities of the day.  It’s great value for money and isn’t tested on animals.  If you’re after something to cleanse your skin without stripping it, try this out.

The Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm is the newest to my skincare cupboard.  It has a rich oil/balm texture but doesn’t have a solid balm texture.  It removes makeup as well as being a great skin cleanser to massage your skin with.  This I find to be great for the days when my skin feels irritated by weather or after a long day of wearing makeup.  It makes my skin feel supple and almost brand new!  I’m not a fan of the scent, but the product is so great – I’m prepared to overlook the scent!

Skincare Routine Cleansers - Aspiring Londoner

This is a foaming gel with a difference, it’s gentle and doesn’t dry your skin out.  I don’t think I’ve ever tried a product from LRP that I haven’t liked.  This is a no-fuss cleanser (note: not a makeup remover) that will leave your skin feeling clean but not dry.  I use it mostly as a morning cleanser or on days when I haven’t worn makeup and just want to cleanse my face before bed.  I've been using this on and off for 3-4 years now and my other half exclusively uses this as his cleanser so it's a regular in our bathroom cabinet!

Luxury for your face in cleansing balm form!  The Antipodes Grapeseed Butter Cleanser is one of my favourites for when I really want to pamper my skin.  It’s super nourishing and leaves my skin supple, firm and baby smooth.   Love the subtle scent and I use this for facial massages, either with my finger or with The Body Shop Facial Massager.  The ingredients are certified organic, so if you’re careful about what chemicals you put on your skin – you’re bound to love it.  Really great product and it lasts absolutely ages!

Skincare Routine Cleansers - Aspiring Londoner

This is an unusual one - a mud cleanser.  I was unsure how to use this initially, and still to this day I'm tempted to leave it on as a mask!  Pixi skincare is one of my favourites and this didn't disappoint.  It has 5% Glycolic acid to gently exfoliate without irritating, leaving behind a glowing and radiant complexion.  I love using this on days coming up to an event to really prep my skin for that glow.  Another great plus for this cleanser is that the mud really cleanses my pores and the hyaluronic acid ensures hydration.  To top it all off it has a lovely scent!  A bit of a all-rounder cleanser - I haven't heard a bad word about this from anyone!

Another new addition, a gel cleanser and similar to the LRP one - this doesn't really lather up either.  It gently cleanses my skin and leaves it feeling fresh.  It does have some microbeads in it and I don't think they do anything.  It's a nice cleanser, but not one that I would repurchase as it doesn't do anything special for my skin.  The other cleansers I mentioned works much harder for my skin.  It's not that it's bad, it just doesn't do anything other than cleanse my skin.

Hope this was helpful.  I wanted to round up all the cleansers I've been using and do mini reviews of each of them.  It also helps me to realise, what products are actually adding value to me.

What's your favourite cleanser to cleanse your skin?  Did you spot any favourites?  Share recommendations in the comments below or tweet me @aspiring_london!

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Some of these items have been sent to me for review purposes.

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