and why I’m totally changing my cleansing products
I’ve been experimenting (for a long while now) with using two different cleansers daily, one for my morning skincare routine and one for my evening routine. I know it sounds a little bit like a luxury to have two cleansers on rotation but if you think about it, it totally makes sense. Hear me out: using a deep cleansing one in the morning hardly seems necessary, no? (unless you sleep with makeup on, and if you do, girl stop!) Similarly, a gentle cleanser couldn’t possibly do a good enough job to slough away the day as say, a hardworking cleansing balm, could it?
What to look for in an AM Cleanser:
- gentle formula – the best formulas for the AM will be gel cleansers or cleansing milks
- does not strip your skin’s natural moisture
- works at removing any sweat or impurities that may have built up overnight (from pillowcases that haven’t been changed etc)
- the purpose: to prep and protect your skin for the stressors that the day brings
I’m currently using the SKII Facial Treatment Gentle Cleanser – it lathers into a foam, and from what I’ve learnt recently, foaming cleansers are a huge no-no for either morning or evening cleanses (more on this below). This cleanser cost SGD$90… only for a whole lot of meh. Quite honestly, I don’t think it made any difference to my skin. For the price and what it does for me, I wouldn’t recommend it nor would I repurchase it. Sure, it wasn’t an offensive product but $90 for a cleanser is entirely too much!
What to look for in a PM Cleanser:
- a gentle yet hardworking formula – the best formulas for the PM will be oil- or balm-based cleansers
- gently removes makeup, any impurities, grime AND SPF!
- a formula that isn’t harsh enough for a double cleanse (double cleanse — a whole other ball game)
- the purpose: to get the crap off your face. in the most gentle way possible, obvs
My evening cleanser is GlamGlow’s SuperCleanse Daily Clearing Cleanser (SGD$65). I use this as a second cleanse after removing my makeup with micellar water. I have to admit, even though I’m supposed to hate foaming cleansers. I’ve loved this one since I started using it close to two years ago. I loved that it made my skin feel squeaky clean… a sensation that I have since learnt is a signal that you’re stripping too much moisture from your skin. This is my third bottle, but I’m not sure I will be repurchasing it again after reading a whole lot of negatives on foaming cleansers.
That tight, super clean feeling I used to love (only because I thought it was a sign the cleanser’s doing its magic)? Ugh, turns out that’s just my skin drying out. In the two months leading up to my wedding, I went for fortnightly facials, and my facialist would always comment on how my skin was dry. This was even after I made to sure to moisturise twice daily and use hydrating masks twice a week! I’m guessing my use of foaming cleansers could perhaps be the cause of this… Needless, to say I’ve since put an order through for new cleansers for my AM and PM routine. In fact, I’m giving my skincare routine a major overhaul. But before I share my new skincare routine, I’ll take a look back at my old routine and share more about it in the next post. Xo