I think we all know that cleansing is the first step towards healthy looking skin and toning will remove any residual dirt and oil, to leave our skin feeling clean and refreshed. No matter what your skin type or skin care concern, your complexion will be healthier, look younger and feel smoother if you cleanse and tone daily!
With such a huge range of cleansers and toners on the market, to suit all skin types (available as a milk, foaming wash, balm or oil) it can all get very confusing.
Cleansing Milks – A cleansing milk is applied onto dry skin with fingers or a cotton pad and is usually removed with a toner. I personally like the feeling of water on my skin, so I always remove my cleansing milk with a splash of warm water, followed by a suitable toner. Cleansing milks are great for all skin types but as they’re less drying, usually recommended for normal to dry skin.
Foaming Cleansers – Foaming cleansers are exactly that, cleansing creams or gels that foam when in contact with wet skin. This type of cleanser is washed away with warm water. Again there are foaming cleansers for all skin types but as a rule (as they can be drying), they’re better suited to younger, oily or combination skin.
Cleansing Balms/ Oils – Cleansing balms usually come in pots and melt onto dry skin as they’re massaged onto the face, to become an oil. You then remove the oil with warm water, similar to a foaming cleanser. This type of cleanser is very effective and is suitable for normal to dry skin types.
Cleansing Bars/ Soaps – The original cleanser! Lets face it we all started with a good old soap and although the old fashioned soap of our youth was drying and not very nourishing, it did leave your skin clean and fresh. These days soaps or ‘cleansing bars’ are much kinder on our skin but just as effective in removing everyday dirt and pollution.
Cleansing will also ensure your skin is fully prepped to receive and take full advantage of any moisturisers or serum you go on to use. If I’m honest, as my skin type is pretty normal (although it can become dehydrated at certain times of the year) I tend to fluctuate from all of the above options. These are some of my cleansing and polishing heroes and are ALWAYS in my bathroom cupboard.
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish
Clarins Cleansing Milk & Toning Lotion
E’Spa Cleansing Bar
REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial
Clarins Gentle Peeling (a weekly deep cleanse and polishing product)
For the best cleanse or maybe I should say ‘at home facial’ you should try this amazing Braun Face. It has a cleansing brush that’s designed to remove all traces of dirt and make-up, and cleanse impurities and claims to be 6x more effectively than manual cleansing. You use the brush with your regular cleanser, gel, lotion or even just water.
Let’s ‘face’ it nothing can beat a full spa Facial! And the lovely people at Leisure Jobs have given me a day at a Bannatyne Spa for two to give away. To enter, simply follow the instructions below…
Thank you to Leisure Jobs for offering me this prize.