Want to hear a funny story? Although I was unable to thoroughly clean my face with both hands (sad right?) my advice was still sought when friends needed guidance on upgrading their vanities.
Not only did I feel needed when I felt useless, I was inspired to dive deeper into the pillars of skincare. Think of it as my version of Cliff Notes. It might not come as a surprise that I am very into the act of layering so for the sake of simplicity let’s start with the first step, a cleanser that can take off the day without leaving your skin feeling tight and dry. Over the past year, I’ve collected lots of face washes and tried even more – here are five that I find myself going back to over and over again.
Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil
Exactly a year ago, I walked into a Target, picked up this cleansing oil and never looked back. Well, I did try other cleansers, but this has been my ride or die since then. The oil-based cleanser has never stripped my skin of moisture but has removed the most stubborn of liquid lipsticks and waterproof mascaras. The fact that it’s 99% natural is a bonus. Insider tip: Because of its relaxing scent, it’s best to use this at night so you’ll easily be lulled to sleep.
Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser
For the days my acne flares up (normally around my lady time) I reach for this gentle clay cleanser. It purifies pores, exfoliates with Glycolic Acid, and doesn’t leave skin feeling tight. For times I need a little extra help to get rid of stubborn spots I simply leave the cleanser on for a few extra minutes – kind of like a mask.
Benton Honest Cleansing Foam
Sometimes my skin just needs a breather from it all. On those days my skin goes bare (sans the SPF) and I reach for this gentle cleansing foam at night. A little bit goes a long way and does a great job at getting all the gunk off. I do recommend getting a sample of this cleanser first before diving headfirst since it's not great for those with dry skin. (Insider tip: skip the morning cleanse when you’re on a skin break and rinse your face with cool water instead).
Osea Ocean Cleanser
After discovering this brand through Pearlesque, I’ve become more than obsessed with the line. The all-natural line doesn’t strip my skin of moisture and instead replenishes my skin with minerals, algae, and vitamins. The end result is hydrated and dewy skin. Highly recommend this line for those looking into vegan skincare.
Nuxe Micellar Foam Cleanser
Alrighty, unlike Osea this Nuxe cleanser is definitely not for those with sensitive skin. It’s very fragrant so it might cause more damage than good. But, that’s really what I love about it. It gives me the sensation of rinsing my face in rose water. And I love anything with rose because – why not? The foam cleanser does use micellar cleansing water so it’s amazing at taking the day off yet still maintaining your skin’s PH balance (i.e. very soft and hydrated).
Now that we’re on this magical skincare journey together, let me know if you decide to give any of these a go and how you loved it. AND, if there are any cleansers you think I need to try, drop me a comment down below.