I shall discuss several cleansers which I am trying out, mostly new discoveries and they range from all sorts of cleansers – makeup removers, foaming cleansers, cleansing water, cleansing balms, exfoliating cleansers, cleansing gadgets, you name it… I think I have all grounds covered here.
The act of cleansing your face is as important, if not more important than putting on makeup, or applying skincare products afterwards. At the end of a long day, there is nothing better than washing off the dirt, pollutants, makeup products off your face, so that your skin can ‘breathe’ freely, and ready to receive the goodness of your skincare products. There is no point in piling on expensive skincare products if your skin is not properly washed. I also believe that makeup products in general, do not clog pores or skin. It is the lack of proper cleansing that causes pore clogging.
Some of us like to use gadgets to help in the cleansing process, and in the market, there is a range of electronics to help you with that – most notably, the Clarisonic and also the FOREO cleansers (link to my FOREO review here) The new Foreo Luna 2 (S$299) has a larger touch points to allow for a deeper cleanse and 12 different settings to enhance your cleansing. Like I mentioned before, it is a thorough cleanse, and it is gentle enough for everyday use (esp if you find the Clarisonic system a bit too harsh).
Another ‘gadget’ that I have tried out is the Magic Eraser (S$30) – this is a tad gimmicky if you ask me – a washcloth that claims to remove your makeup just by wiping your face with the cloth and water. The secret of this magic eraser lies in the weave of the fabric which picks up all traces of makeup on the face. I use the cloth damp, and rub in a circular motion to remove my makeup. I find that I have to go over a few times, and honestly, the idea of going soap-less and foam-less, is a bit unsettling for me. So I followed up with a foaming face wash anyway. But if you are very sensitive to chemicals found in soaps, or you really are curious to try this out, why not?
The Clarifying & Scrubbing:
I tested out the trio of Dr Jart+ Dermaclear Trans-Forma Clay Trio (S$37) and these remind me of the Glamglow Supermud cleansing foam. They are a hybrid of a clay mask, as well as foaming up to cleanse your skin. I like that you get a trio of clay cleansers to suit your skin needs. They all have this instant brightening effect which I enjoy, and I find them very nice to use after removing your makeup.
Speaking of GlamGlow, I have been using the PowerCleanse (S$59) – which is a mud and oil cleanser, which gently foams upon contact with water. This is a nice cleanser, but not one which I often reach for (which I think I have mentioned before in my last skincare update) I prefer the original supermud cleanser. I just don’t feel like it is doing much for me, but my younger sis loves it.
The next cleanser I want to mention is the Arcona Cranberry Gommage (S$60), which is quite an intensive scrubbing product. It contains cranberry enzymes, and is supposed to unclog and minimise pores, leaving the skin visibly clearer and more refined. It is also quite well-received in the beauty world, having won awards etc. I find the beads in this scrub very very dense and fine, almost like a sandpaper effect upon contact with the skin. It is not unpleasant, but if you are not a regular scrubber like me, the sensation can take some getting used to. The scent is pretty awesome though. And I have to say, I did notice instant improvement of my skin and the effect lasts for a couple of days – smooth and clear skin texture! Really quite nice!
The Gentle Ones
I also tested out products from Estelle & Thild, an organic skincare line from Stockholm. Everything smells so good from this line – I started with using the Biocleanse Radiance Micro Polish – a bit more gentle than the Arcona one – followed by the Deep Cleansing Detox Mask – which is a clay mask – quite soothing, and not the ‘sucking your pores clean’ type of clay mask. And finally the Biocleanse Silky Soft Cleansing Milk (S$36) – which is a very gentle non foaming makeup remover – well, I use it to remove makeup, but I think you can also use it in the mornings to refresh your skin for the day.
For Anti-Aging (including Balms)
I have been loving the new Shu Uemua ultime8 intensive cleansing balm – it is one of my top fave as far as cleansing balms are concerned. It smells great, didn’t break me out, and best of all, I don’t have to use any sponge or washcloth with it. It emulsifies away nicely, taking off all my makeup and dirt. I have made a huge dent in this tub, and it is worth every penny. I think I actually prefer this to their iconic cleansing oils now!
Another cleansing balm I have tried is the Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Cleansing Butter (S$103). It feels a bit like the Shu Uemura balm, but a tad richer, and you do need to use a cloth or the Konjac sponge that comes along with it. It is infused with pure 24k gold, and is a solid to oil cleanser that melts away makeup and impurities. I think this is good for dry skin, as it is very hydrating. This is really nice, but if I have to choose a balm, I would go for the Shu Uemura one.
Finally, we have products from the brand Algenist – and I have love everything that I tried from this brand, their cleansing balm (which comes in a tube) and their anti-wrinkle cream, and this Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Foaming Cleanser (S$55) is no exception. It is a foaming cleanser which contains Alguronic Acid and Microalgae oil to minimise the appearance of fine lines leading to supple skin.
I love my tube of Kiehls Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser – it is a very foamy clean cleanser – I love this for my double cleansing routine. It is a very good everyday cleanser, it leaves my skin feeling clean but not stripped, there is no scent no complicated features.. just a good clean plain cleanser. I cannot recommend this enough.
On lazy days, you can’t go wrong with a cleansing water – I usually do this in my room with a wad of cotton pads. Then I head straight to the shower and wash up before I go to bed. The Sephora brand Triple Action Cleansing Water (S$28) removes makeup and leaves the skin clean and soft to touch. It doesn’t require rinsing, so it is good when you just want to get it over with. I find this just as effective as the Bioderma cleansing water, but a tad stinging around the eyes. But to remove face and brow makeup (which is what I use everyday) it is superb.
In a Nutshell – My top recommendations
- Kiehls Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser
- Shu Uemura ultime8 intensive cleansing balm
- Arcona Cranberry Gommage
- Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Foaming Cleanser
- Dr Jart+ Dermaclear Trans-Forma Clay Trio
You can get most of the products I mentioned here from Sephora stores or Sephora SG online – click here [disclaimer – this is not any sort of affiliate link]
Disclaimer – most of the products mentioned here are kindly sent by Sephora for my own trial, I am only featuring the products which I would like to mention on the blog along with my own collection of cleansing products that I am using at the moment. This is also part of Sephora’s #cleanupyouract cleansing campaign which features (of course) the array of cleansing products they have online and in store.
I hope you find this entry helpful, and thank you for reading!