Thursday 9 April 2015

My Top 3 Cleansers

I adore cleansers.  My favourite time of night is when I “take my face off” by cleansing, and I really treat my skin to a thorough wash, and then a facial massage.  

I'm a bit of a stickler when it comes to making sure that everything is removed from my skin thoroughly, when I cleanse at night time.  Purely because I want to make sure that my canvas (AKA my face) is prepared ready for whatever night cream, serum or oil I want to put on it, then I'm ready for bed.
At the weekends I try to let me skin breathe and go without wearing a scrap of make-up as much as I can… BUT I always cleanse my face twice daily, whether I'm wearing make-up or not!
My morning cleanse is simple, the La Roche Posay cleanser that I mention below is my ‘go too’ simply because it does everything in one fell swoop – my skin is left clean in the quickest way possible.
In the evenings I opt for more of a thorough cleanse – by using my new favourite cleanser by Gatneau.  So here’s a run through of what I'm loving at the moment, in the cleanser department!
La Roche Posay - (below)
Delicately cleanses, removing make-up and eliminating impurities from the skin's surface. The ingredients were selected for optimal tolerance and high make-up removing power. It has a physiological pH and is enriched with La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water.
My skin feels cleansed and soothed. Specially designed to care for normal to combination skin.

The product comes in a 200ml size with a pump for currently £8.04 (with 33% off) from LookFantastic 'Here'

Directions for use: Apply to a damp face, then rinse with water.
This is my ‘go to’ cleanser when I'm tired and I just want to take all of my make-up off in one go.  It smells of thermal spring water, which is a comforting, pampering scent.  I apply this onto my whole face, massage it in, then emulsify and remove with a warm flannel.

Everything is removed – even stubborn mascara.  If you aren't a fan of face wipes (like me) then this cleanser does exactly what it says on the tin (bottle)

The pump dispenser means it’s easier to use – no messy fingers in pots etc.  One pump is all you need for your entire face.  As you can see in the photo I have nearly used all of this cleanser.  I was lucky enough to be given it to try by La Roche Posay before Christmas, and with daily use it’s really lasted me well.

If you’re looking for a cleanser that boosts moisture levels, removes make up extremely well and is even recommended by some dermatologists then this is the one for you!
Gatineau- (below)
This is a fantastic 4-in-1 cleansing concept.   It’s a cleanser, a toner, a micro-exfoliator and a micro-moisturiser.   When mixed with water it becomes a delicate, refreshing and luxurious cleansing cream with a beautiful soufflĂ© texture.

Enriched with Gatineau's patented youth molecule Melatogenine, it not only removes all traces of make-up and impurities but also provides beneficial properties to help ageing skin.
It comes in a 250ml size (Pictured is the smaller 50ml trial size) for £30.00 also from Lookfantastic 'Here'

Directions for Use:  Apply to a damp face and neck morning and evening, massaging in circular motions.  Rinse with water and follow with your moisturiser.

My skin is that of a 34 year old, some lines but nothing too prominent – and even though I get asked for ID quite a bit - I don’t think my skins that bad for my age.  I'm trying to put off the signs of ageing as much as I can, and this cleanser helps refresh my dry skin after wearing a full face of make-up all day.

This cleanser is just a joy to use, moisturising, luxurious and heavenly!  I'm a Gatineau convert.
If the Melotagenine range is on par with this cleanser, then I think I'm going to be addicted!
Garnier - (below)
Micellar Cleansing Water is an easy way to remove make-up, cleanse and purify all areas of your face, including eyes and lips in one step without rinsing.
For 400ml (200 uses) this micellar water is currently on offer in Boots for £3.33 (a saving of 1/2 price) 'Here'

Directions for Use : Apply onto the face, eyes and lips with some cotton pads, without rubbing. No rinsing required.  Micellar Cleansing Water comes in a generous 400ml format for 200 uses (on a cotton pad).

I swear by this beauty – I have always loved my Bioderma, but not the price-tag!  Then when Garnier announced this release, although dubious - I gave it a go and I have not looked back since!

It just removes everything, I use it to remove my eye make-up before I start cleansing, then I cleanse my face with either of the two cleansers mentioned above – then I use another cotton pad to sweep a small amount of the Garnier Micellar cleansing water over my face (and in my hair line) to ensure no make-up is left on my skin.  That way I know my skin is completely make-up free, I then spray a refreshing toner onto my clean skin (at the moment I adore Caudalie Beauty Elixir) and proceed with my night cream and serum.  I couldn't be without the Garnier Micellar water – 200 uses from one bottle is just amazing!
Now don’t think that Gatineau is a range just for mature skin; they offer a diverse range of skincare products for all age ranges, and skin types.

Have you tried any of the cleansers I have mentioned above?  Anything caught your eye?

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  1. It's so nice to read a post on skincare without feeling guilty - up until last month I was still using face wipes (AH!), but I've started using products by Clarins, as well as the Simple Micellar eyemakeup remover/cleanser. I love your marble display dish by the way, is that the H&M one? :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice


    1. Hi Gabrielle, So lovely to hear from you. The marble dish is indeed from H&M I'm not sure if it's still in-stock - but because its such a good seller, just keep putting 'marble' in the search box on their website and it should appear.

      Clarins facial products are fab - I've kinda forgotten about them which is bad of me! Thanks for the lovely comment xx

  2. Wanted to try bioderma but so hard to get in uk. May try garnier. Thanks.

    1. Hey Karen, No worries! Thanks for the comment.
      Definitely have a look at the Garnier Micellaire water - it's a bargain but extremely good at make up removal! I have followed you back on bloglovin xx

  3. Hey claire lovely post! I am definitely going to try these out! Also, I nominated you for The emoji Challenge! Here is the link and you will see the instructions! :)


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