The Skincare Series | Cleansers

26 Sept 2012

For those who don't already know, I have begun a series here on my blog called The Skincare Series. Skincare is the most important aspect of beauty to me and I look forward to both my morning and evening skincare routines. But through the course of running my blog so far I have learnt that a lot of people either use no skincare products, do not have a skincare routine or do not even see the point in a skincare routine. So I decided to do a series on my skincare; what I use, why I do certain things, products which do and don't help me, etc. You can read the first post in the series from back in July which detailed my skincare routine at the time, skin concerns and issues I had and how I wanted to move forward with my skincare routine, here. I have also done another post in this series which was dedicated to makeup removers, which you can read here. This post, is all about cleansers!

There are several different types of cleansers and I am going to go over the types I have and explain them to you! So, why is cleansing important? Well for starters, each of the initial steps of any skincare routine takes off makeup, daily grime and dirt. The initial steps in your skincare routine help clear and clean your skin as well as your pores which can easily become clogged. A cleanser will do this more intensely than a makeup remover and face wash, for example, depending on the type of cleanser you use. 

A picture of Le Belle Natural Skincare Cream Cleanser and Organic Surge Gentle Cleansing Lotion

Cleanser Lotions
Cleanser lotions are simple to use, you just pour/squirt/tip some onto your finger tips and then massage all over your face (I love how professional I am making this sound...) A really lovely cleansing lotion that I like is the Gentle Cleansing Lotion from Organic Surge, which as you may have gathered, is organic. It's a really gentle cleanser with a beautiful scent and works to get off practically all of my makeup, daily grime and nasty dirt! You can read a review of this particular cleanser here. I also really like the Le Belle Natural Skincare Cream Cleanser, which you can read the review of here. Generally it doesn't matter whether you put cleansing lotions on a dry face or a slightly damp face, but I prefer dry.

A picture of Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, No7 Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser and Superdrug Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser

Cream Cleansers
I've tried a few cream cleansers in my time but the best ones tend to be 'hot cloth' cleansers. As with cleanser lotions you squirt a pump of your chosen hot cloth cleanser on to your fingertips then massage all over your face. There are two hot cloth cleansers I have so far tried. The No7 Hot Cloth Cleanser, which directs you to place a hot muslin cloth over your face (with the cleanser on your face) and leave for 30 - 60 seconds then remove and use the muslin cloth to work in and remove the cleanser. And the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, which just directs you to use a hot muslin cloth to work in and remove the cleanser. These are great for both removing your makeup, daily grime and dirt, as well as exfoliating, due to the muslin cloth. Although it is a very gentle exfoliation. My favourite of the two, is the Liz Earl Cleanse & Polish. I've also recently won the Superdrug Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser in a giveaway, but I haven't had a chance to try it yet. I do know however that it is cruelty free like all Superdrug own brand products and I have seen some fab reviews of it! 

A picture of Le Belle Natural Skincare Oil Cleanser and DHC Deep Cleansing Oil
Oil Cleansers
I've only really got into oil cleansers recently but I have realised, that for me personally, they are the best kind of cleanser for removing makeup. To use you simply pour/squirt/however a bit of the oil cleanser onto your fingertips, then massage all over your face for around 60 seconds, really working it in. My favourite oil cleanser is the Le Belle Natural Skincare Oil Cleanser, which I have reviewed and you can read the review of here. The reason this is my favourite is because it is the perfect consistency. It isn't thick and too oily like I find the DHC oil cleanser to be. And it has the most divine lemon scent, ever. Oil cleansers work best on dry skin!

A picture of Lush Dark Angels Fresh Facial Cleanser, Lulu & Boo Nettle & Lemon Tea-Free Cleansing Oil, Murad Time Release Acne Cleanser and Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser
Gel and 'other' Cleansers
Gel cleansers are the newest kind of cleansers I have been introduced to, as I have been trying out a lovely skincare brand called Lulu and Boo, and one of the products I have been trying is their Nettle and Lemon Tea Tree Cleansing Gel. You apply this as you do any of the cleansing lotions or oil cleansers, but to damp skin. Massage in, rinse off, and you're left with beautifully clean skin. The 'other' type of cleanser is the Lush Dark Angels cleanser but I wasn't really sure what category this should go under, hence 'other'. It comes in solid form and you can add as little or as much warm water to a small amount in the palm of your hand, as you like. By doing this you can turn it into a watery cleanser, a creamy cleanser, or a thick paste cleanser, depending on how much water you add. This kind of cleanser is really great for those who wear lots of makeup, but don't have sensitive skin, and it also exfoliates. So it's almost a two in one product! And finally, Murad cleansers. I've received two cleansers from Murad as samples in beauty boxes and the Time Release Acne Cleanser is great when I get the rare spot or flare up! I'm yet to try the exfoliating cleanser, but if it's anywhere near as good as the acne cleanser, I am sure it will be great!

So those are the different kind of cleansers, the ones I use and my favourites. Do you own any of these? I'd love to hear what you think of them. Do you use a different cleanser to the ones I've mentioned? Share your favourites and recommendations! Next on the skincare series, I will be talking face wash!