Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Lotions & Potions - Cleansing Like a Pro (Or Not)

Looking at the line up of cleansers, from various sources, I've got to try out over the coming months, it's made me realise that finding the right method and product for cleansing my skin may actually be just as hard as finding the right moisturiser.  If not worse. I need something that effectively removes grime without drying me out and something that offers just enough exfoliation without leaving me bright red.  It's a challenging thing and something I've battled with for a good fifteen years (eek!). As an example, here are the things I have used to cleanse my skin in the past. Some are better than others(!):
  • Branded cleansing wipes (Nivea / Garnier / Olay)
  • Own branded cleansing wipes (Tesco / Sainsburys)
  • Oxy pads. Anyone remember them? What I remember is the word "ow"
  • Astringent fluid, the kind you wipe on with a cotton ball and then sting for a minute afterwards
  • Skin re-surfacers, the kind you have to follow with intensive moisturising or you go bright red
  • Cleansing foams and washes
  • Cleansing oil
  • Exfoliating wipes or less "ow"-y versions of Oxy pads.
  • Exfoliating washes
  • Exfoliating scrubs, the kind with sugar or granules or beads
  • Leave on "pack" masks
  • Leave on masks you then peel off like a snake
  • Neat Savlon on a cotton ball
  • Neat perfume on a cotton ball
  • Nail varnish remover on a cotton ball
I would never ever recommend the last three. But as a very desperate teenager, I was willing to try anything that could have offer even a glimmer of a possibility of an improvement on bad days. I should point out I never went as far as bleach, though I know one or two who have. Whoever spread the myth that the cleaner your skin the more spot free it will be has a lot to answer for and had obviously never heard of hormones.

Excluding the last, very stupid three, this leads me to realise that not only have I got to work out which method works; scrub, mask, wipe, foam, etc. but then within that, what product isn't going to ruin all the good work of the method. At least you know with a moisturiser that all you need to do is put it on your face and get it to absorb.

Now, I am a way into finding out what's right for me.  I certainly know what's wrong, so that makes it a bit easier at least.  Here's the list with the wrong'uns removed:
  • Branded cleansing wipes (Nivea / Garnier / Olay)
  • Own branded cleansing wipes (Tesco / Sainsburys)
  • Oxy pads. Anyone remember them? What I remember is the word "ow"
  • Astringent fluid, the kind you wipe on with a cotton ball and then sting for a minute afterwards
  • Skin re-surfacers, the kind you have to follow with intensive moisturising or you go bright red
  • Cleansing foams and washes
  • Cleansing oil
  • Exfoliating wipes or less "ow"-y versions of Oxy pads
  • Exfoliating washes
  • Exfoliating scrubs, the kind with sugar or granules or beads or...
  • Leave on "pack" masks
  • Leave on masks you then peel off like a snake
  • Neat Savlon on a cotton ball
  • Neat perfume on a cotton ball
  • Nail varnish remover on a cotton ball
I now know that what is starting to work for me is cheap as chips cleansing wipes to remove my makeup, then a cleansing foam/wash/oil, with a deeper clean leave on pack twice or so a week.  That still leaves me with hundreds of products to try out, but at least I'm sort of half way there.  And of course after that, there's still the toner, essence and moisturiser to sort out!  It's going to be a fun few months for sure ^^ 

Wish me luck!

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