Cleansing. It's probably the step most people find the biggest chore in a skincare routine, but for me it's my favourite step - and the step I think is the most important. I have more cleansers than any other aspect of skincare and I've always said that if you don't cleanse your skin properly, it won't matter how expensive or scientifically proven the rest of your skincare is, without a clean canvas they simply won't be as effective as they could be.
For me cleansing both morning and night is a daily habit, it's part of my routine and something that signifies the start of a new day and the evening wind-down before bed. I'm a cleansing fiend, and lately there's two products which have taken top spot in my evening cleansing routine, leaving my skin pretty darn happy in return.
An innovative skincare range, the Purete Thermale range includes a selection of products which are kind and gentle to skin, caring for skin with ingredients loved for their effectiveness and most importantly, suitable for all skin types. It's so rare a skincare range can work with all skin types, but even the most sensitive of skin will get along well with the Purete Thermale range.
I'm a big fan of a double cleanse; using two cleansers to effectively remove daily dirt and grime, makeup and any residue from the day to ensure that skin is clean and clear. I double cleanse every evening without fail, regardless of whether I've been wearing makeup, as well as sometimes double cleansing in the morning if it's been a particularly hot and restless night. On those days I do wear makeup I will always do a 'pre-cleanse' before my double-cleanse. What's a pre-cleanse, I hear you ask? I'll use eye makeup remover and a micellar solution such as Bioderma to remove the majority of surface makeup. I say surface makeup because a lot of people tend to think that a quick swipe with a cleansing water and a couple of cotton pads is 'cleansing' and removing your makeup, but it isn't.
Guaranteed without a shadow of a doubt, every single time you think you've removed your makeup with a cleansing water or even a makeup wipe (which I am personally not a fan of using and wouldn't personally recommend), if you follow up with a proper cleanser and use a warm muslin cloth/facial cloth to remove, you'll soon see you haven't even got close to removing your makeup and effectively cleansing your skin. There will always be more makeup to come off when you go onto your actual cleansers, and cleansing waters and wipes should never be relied on to remove all of your makeup, as they simply can't do it. On makeup free days I go straight into my double-cleanse, on makeup days I'll always start with the eye makeup remover and cleansing water first.
The first product I've been reaching for in this super effective two step cleansing routine is the Vichy Purete Thermale Beautifying Cleansing Micellar Oil (125ml, £13.75) which is one of the nicest cleansing oils I've come across. In fact, I'd go so far as to say it was better than any high-end cleansing oil or high-street counterpart, it's lovely. It's exceptionally light-weight and has a non-greasy formula, with one pump providing enough product to massage my face and neck. It breaks down dirt, grime and makeup very easily and actually feels quite nice to massage in. It doesn't have a heavy feel like a few cleansing oils I've tried before and has a lovely subtle refreshing scent, which is also much nicer than other oils.
It gently removes even the most waterproof of makeup (even those pesky waterproof mascaras!) and uses ingredients such as Camelia Oil, which moisturises and smooths skin, alongside Vitamin E which works as an antioxidant. Once I've massaged in for a minute or so I get my hands fairly wet with warm water, massage in again so that it turns into a cleansing milk before rinsing away with a warm muslin cloth. Skin is left feeling so much clearer after use and leaves a cleaner base to start my second cleanse.
The Vichy Purete Thermale Fresh Cleansing Gel (200ml, £12) is my favourite cleansing gel yet, and has actually managed to completely sway my opinion on cleansing gels. I haven't always been a fan of cleansing gels as ones I've tried in the past have ultimately been quite drying on my skin, making my oily and dehydrated skin worse. The Fresh Cleansing Gel on the other hand makes my skin feel so incredibly soft, fresher and even more plump over continued use. An easy, refreshing and cooling way to cleanse skin.
It has just the right consistency to work into your skin easily, without feeling sticky or heavy. There's Glycerin to help moisturise skin, Moringa to clease and an expert anti-pollution complex Purisoft, which uses Amilite Technology to work with even the hardest of waters which can often be harsh to skin. It has the same lovely refreshing scent as the oil and has quickly become my most reached for morning cleanser, finding it the perfect way to wake myself up each day. Just like the oil I simply rinse away any product after a minute or so of massaging in, using a warm muslin cloth.
I am massively impressed with the Vichy Purete Thermale range and it just goes to show that you don't have to spend a fortune for effective, hard-working and skin-loving products that will treat and care for your skin. I have a couple of other products from the range on my wishlist, really intrigued by the Perfecting Toner and Skin Renewing Creamy Scrub, both of which sound fantastic. You can check out the full range over on Escentual - will you be giving the Purete Thermale range a try?
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