I am a skincare junkie. I love trying different lotions and potions. But I am also always short of time. If I’m not rushing around with Jill, chatting to designers, I’m busy with six-year-old Little, or researching a post. So, it may not come as a surprise that I like to take shortcuts with my skincare where I can. One of these short cuts is with cleansing. I NEVER leave my makeup on at night, but I despise having to spend 20 minutes to get it off, tone and moisturise.
Jill and I have tried many a cleaner over the years and these are top of our list when it comes to removing all makeup (even eye makeup). Although we have quite different skins, we both prefer foaming, but non-drying face washes to oils and cleansing milks.
Left: Malin+Goetz Grapefruit Face Cleanser, 236ml, R670 BUY ON MAISON MARA
A wonderful fresh-smelling balancing cleanser that removes makeup effortlessly.
Middle: J. One Jelly Cleanser, 100ml, R150 BUY ON GLOW THEORY
My favourite K-Beauty cleanser. Affordable and super effective.
Right: Dr Sebagh Foaming Cleanser, 150ml, R760 BUY ON METROPOLITAIN
It comes out of the bottle looking like hair mousse and gently disolves all makeup.
CLEANSERS THAT EXFOLIATE
When I don’t have time for face masks, I like using these cleansers that contain exfoliating ingredients and acids. They help to smooth and even out the skin tone. Don’t use them near your eyes though.
Left: SAI Glyco-Lactic Creamy Cleanser, 120ml, R540 BUY ON SAI
Formulated by doctors here in South Africa, this cleanser works wonders to smooth and refine the skin.
Right: Dermalogica Skin Resurfacing Cleanser 150ml, R779 BUY ON DERMALOGICA
A great two-in-one cleanser and exfoliator with lactic acid that I use 2-3 times a week.
WHEN YOU WEAR TONS OF EYE MAKEUP
Rubbing your lashes too much can lead to thinning, so if your cleanser doesn’t remove your eye makeup with just a gentle massage, rather use a specialised eye makeup remover like Dermalogica’s Soothing Eye Make Up Remover. It is one of the best and doesn’t sting when you accidentally get it into your eyes. On days when I’ve worn eyeliner and lots of mascara, and my face wash doesn’t get it all off, I always use this product.
Dermalogica Soothing Eye Make Up Remover 118ml, R479 BUY ON DERMALOGICA
I simply haven’t found a better eye makeup remover that does burn my eyes or leave an oily residue. This gel-like formula feels like a “lash shampoo”.
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