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Finding the Right Cleanser for You

I was very much inspired by Caroline Hirons for this post, I don't think I have ever heard anyone talk about cleansing so passionately as she does. So today I am going to share a little bit of my passion for cleansing today!

Cleansing is possibly one of the most important steps in your routine. I mean, it's not the most powerful step, but if you don't do it then you can't do the rest of your skincare routine. If you are not removing your make up at the end of the day then you NEED to. It's not a want, but a MUST. If you're not washing your face at the end of the day, even if you don't wear make up, YOU NEED TO. Throughout the day your skin will collect dirt, grime and pollution, not to mention your pores with suck in your make up and sunscreen. It's so important to make sure you are cleansing your skin to help remove these from your pores. Not washing your face can lead to your skin breaking out from the build up in your pores, irritation and it can also age your skin. If you're not wearing make up, simply washing your face with water can be enough, but to remove stubborn waterproof make up or even just a good foundation, nothing beats having a good cleanser in your arsenal.

I don't think you need to spend a lot to get a good cleanser. Bear in mind that you are only leaving it on your skin for like 20 seconds and then washing off. You are not going to get long-term benefits from something that you are washing off immediately. I prefer to put my money into a powerful serum or moisturiser.

So now that you know it's important. How do you go about choosing the right cleanser for you? Hopefully this guide helps:

Oil Based Cleansers

Let me know start with the category I know best - oil cleansers. Now there are two main types of cleansers that fit into this category. There are cleansing balms and cleansing oils. Think of cleansing balms as a solid form of cleansing oils, just a little thicker. Now I know that the cleansing oils sound like a recipe for breakouts. Piling oil on your skin can't be a win. However, it is. An oil cleanser is a gentle way of removing pore-clogging debris—including waterproof makeup—without drying your skin. It is perfect for most skin types, but particularly drier skin. I use either a cleansing oil or cleansing balm to remove my make up. It's always my first cleansing step.

Drunk Elephant Slaai / $52  -  The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter / $25  -  Clinique Take the Day Off $56  

Frank Body Cleansing Oil / $23.95  -  Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil*  Palmer's Ultra Gentle Facial Cleansing Oil / $14.99  -  Dermalogica PreCleanse* / $65.50

Gel Cleansers

Gel cleansers are clear and, as the name suggests, have a gel-like consistency. They are generally designed for deep cleansing and are perfect for decongesting the clogged pores and removing excess oil. Because of this it, gel cleansers can be perfect for oily and acne skin types. As someone with dry skin, it is a type of cleanser that I typically don't use. However, I do have a couple of faves that have surprised me.

Cream Cleansers

Cream cleansers are usually thick, creamy and contain moisturizing ingredients like botanical oils. They gently cleanse your skin without stripping it of its natural oils. Cream cleansers can also come in the form of “milk” or “lotion.” Cream cleansers are perfect for dry and sensitive skin types. Cream cleansers, particularly milk formulas (don't contain actual milk, don't stress!), are my second favourite formula. They often feel really gentle on the skin and don't irritate during the cleansing stage. 

Clay Cleansers

Much like cleansing oils, I feel like a lot of people get a little scared of clay cleansers. Clay, particularly charcoal, is known for it's absorbing power. Clay cleansers work hard to draw all the gunk out of your pores. They remove make up, dirt, grime and excess oil that builds up in your pores, which can help to reduce blemishes and help to manage oil. They are perfect for oil and combination skin types, and those who suffer from acne.

Face Cleansing Cloths

Now before you jump to conclusions, I am NOT taking about face wipes. I am very much with Caroline Hirons on this front, face wipes are not a good way to cleanse your skin. I feel very similar about Micellar Water. They don't remove your make up, because you're just wiping off the top layer, but leaving a lot of stuff in your pores that you can't see. What I am taking about is the new 'chemical free' model of make up removal. Taking water and making it easier to use. These are your cleansing cloths. Designed to remove make up without using chemicals. They often use micro-fibre materials to make it easy to reach deep in your pores. It removes some of the abrasiveness of it all, which cleansers often are. It can reduce irritation and just make cleansing easy and affordable.

Face Halo / $30 (for 3) -  Santé by Enjo* / $89 (for 7)  - The Makeup Eraser / $32

There are so many cleansers on the market these days that it can be hard to find the right one for you. My advice is to find a formula that works and suit your skin type. Once you've worked that out it's just a matter of finding your favourite version of that cleanser. Remember that, at the end of the day, you are washing your cleanser off. It is not going to give you amazing lasting effects, so you don't need to spend hundreds of dollars to find a cleanser that is going to work for you.

What is your favourite type of cleanser? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below! xx

What books did you read recently? I am always on the hunt for new books (not that I really need more, but let me know in the comments below!) xx

*DISCLAIMER – Products with * have been sent for trial/review purposes. Although this product was sent for me to trial and review, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. The Life of Laura is not by a professional or expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.
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