Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Products used in my face cleansing routine

Products used in my morning and night face cleansing routine
Being saddled with a super-oily face that is ready to step in the moment worldwide fuel supplies run out, I am always looking for cleansers that will help control the slick somewhat. So far, I have not found anything that controls oil permanently. The most I can achieve, with good cleansing, followed by a mattifying primer, oil-free moisturiser and mattifying foundation, is four hours or so - with a blotting sheet or two.
At the same time, I want my face cleansers to be gentle, and not to strip my skin of all moisture. My skin is sensitive to a few things, which means not many products make the cut. Plus, I am prone to breakouts, so I tend to rotate products  accordingly - when I have breakouts, the acne-controlling cleansers play a key role in my regimen, whereas when the weather is dry, the gentler cleansers are used. That is why I have all these products in that little mirror cabinet above my wash basin - no, I do not use all those products at once.

Here are the face cleansers, scrubs and makeup removers that are part of my cleansing routine.


First of all, here is my morning cleansing routine. 

The products shown here are from my shower and not in the mirror cabinet.
Products used in my morning and night face cleansing routineAs I go to bed completely free of makeup (almost all the time), I want my morning routine to be gentle, calming, yet invigorating. The best product for the latter is the konjac sponge, reviewed here. My favourite is the JellySpon weak acidic variety of konjac sponge reviewed here, since it is gentler on my skin, but I have a couple of the older sponges to get through first.
Usually, the Burt's Bees Soap Bark and Chamomille Deep Cleansing Cream goes on my konjac sponge in the mornings - this is a really calming and gentle cleanser I have reviewed here. If my face feels extra sensitive, I forgo the konjac sponge part.
When I do have breakouts, I turn to a prescription cleanser in the mornings - Brevoxyl Creamy Wash. This is benzoyl-peroxide based, which is less harsh on my skin than salicylic acid.
If the acne is cystic, then I need something stronger - so I use the Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Foam Cleanser. Just the one pump, and I am done.
Now you see why I need multiple products?

Right. On to my night-time cleansing routine.

For makeup removal, I use either Nuxe Micellar Water or Neutrogena Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover, or both. Nuxe is brilliant for lippies that won't budge while I prefer Neutrogena for mascara, obviously. I follow up with a foaming cleanser on the Foreo Luna, such as the MAX Clinic Caviar Oil Massage Foam, reviewed here, or, if I have acne, my favourite Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash. Incidentally, this is also in my shower. If my acne is really cystic, I forgo the Luna and use the OXY10 Advanced Face Wash instead.
Products used in my morning and night face cleansing routine
If I have not gone out, or not worn makeup on a particular day, I just use either the Murad Refreshing Cleanser or Lush Herbalism, or one of the anti-acne washes if I am going through a breakout phase.
I use the Lush Bubblegum Scrub (reviewed here) on my lips as required, whenever they look or feel flaky.
Once a week, I use the GlamGlow Youth Mud Tinglexfoliate Pack, reviewed here. This stuff is SERIOUSLY AMAZING and everyone needs it in their lives.
Products used in my morning and night face cleansing routine
I am not a fan of the Gokmul Care cleanser, which reeks of stale rice water, and I doubt I will ever use it again, even as a pack. But I do use and love the No7 Total Renewal Microdermabrasion Exfoliator every two weeks or so.
Products used in my morning and night face cleansing routine
I have not tried the Soap & Glory Ultimelt Hot Cloth Cleanser yet - I will have to do so soon as I get another wisdom tooth surgically extracted. 
No, I do not use the Johnson's Baby Shampoo on my face - that is used for my makeup brushes, while the Blendercleanser on the top shelf, is used to clean my Holy Grail makeup tool, the Original Beautyblender, reviewed here.
Products used in my morning and night face cleansing routine
I have a few other products in my mirror cabinet, such as masks, even dental floss, and a couple of cleansers I have not tried out yet. I am waiting for a couple of my regular cleansers to run out before I begin on new ones.
So that is pretty much my cleansing regimen in the mornings and at night. What products are part of your cleansing regimen?

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