My skincare edit – Cleansers

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Following on from my recent what’s in my make up bag posts I have had requests to reveal what skincare I am currently using. My many years working in the beauty industry mean that I have been spoiled with the choice of skincare however now that I am working for myself I am relishing being able to try new and different products.

Before I launch into products I thought I would tell you a little about my skin. At the age of 45 I am not yet seeing too many lines on my face – a real testament of using great skincare for almost the last three decades! My main concerns are pigmentation – the result I believe of my love for sunbeds from late teens to early twenties. Also I didn’t really suffer from breakouts as a teenager but now the odd hormonal spot appears – never really comes to a head – hangs around for a while and then leaves a little red mark as a reminder. For this reason one of my main goals is to improve my cell turnover and skin texture.

A little thing that put a smile on my face recently was when the son of a friend, in his twenties and of sound mind, told her he thought I was 35. I will take that and ensure I keep using fabulous products to maintain my ‘youthful’ glow.

So here goes….

Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micelle solution
This has been my favourite product to use as an eye make-up remover for several years. I love the way that it does a thorough but gentle job. Once only available via a trip to a french pharmacy in Paris it is now readily available in the UK. It’s super economical and comes in various sizes to suit your needs. The cleansing micelles are suspended in water so they leave no oily residue. A quick note here – ladies often complain about their mascara smudging this can be due to the remains of an oily remover even from the previous night. I find this is suitable for most eye make-up except the exceptionally long-wear type. Also perfect for correcting any mistakes mid-make-up. Please also THROW OUT the dreaded wipe and move to a micellar water!

Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm
This is my favourite evening cleanser. It’s a fantastic deep cleanser that emulsifies and removes make-up and SPF thoroughly. The texture is a rich oil- and wax-based balm and includes fabulous ingredients such as starflower and rose. I love the spa-like fragrance which really enhances the cleansing experience. Apply a small amount to a dry skin and massage thoroughly. You can really turn this into a ritual to relax you and stimulate your skin. Remove with a flannel and warm water. Rinse flannel and repeat. I buy bundles of flannels from Primark – super cheap – use once and pop in the wash. Once I have used this great cleanser I know it’s time for bed!!!

Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial Wash (“Elemis” has worn off my bottle in the picture – very well-used!)
So Elemis features once again but this time for my morning cleanse. This cleanser is a quick and easy way to clean the skin. It has a fresh slightly fruity smell. It contains light enzymes to keep the skin radiant and smooth and this gives exfoliation without the need for grains. I started using this cleanser when I noticed the first signs of pigmentation on my cheeks. It really helps – together with always using an SPF – to keep pigmentation under wraps. If you are trying to tackle pigmentation then you can treat your skin with further Tri-Enzyme products. This cleanser leaves my skin clean without that horrid tight feeling. If you have super sensitive skin then always carry out a patch test first.

I find both of these Elemis cleansers economical as a little goes along way.

So that’s my daily cleansing routine at the moment, I do occasionally try other products but for a long time these have been my staples. I will post more skincare soon.

Any questions then please let me know.

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