I’m sure all of you know that it is essential to clean your face properly, especially if you use make-up and/or live in the city. But there might be some confusion over there as nowadays the producers offer us so many different types of products that sometimes it is not very clear when to use what. I will try to explain a bit the names you’ve heard about but also the differences between them.

I’ll start off by reminding that it is essential to cleanse your face twice a day: in the morning and in the evening. That will help your skin to ‘breathe’, will clean your pores and give you a fresher feeling. Let’s imagine you agree to that and are going to a shop to choose your cleansing system. So, you’re there…and you’re lost. Creams, gels, foams, soap, micellar water…well, let me help you.

Today I will specifically write about night products. In the morning using a face wash and a toner will be enough (see steps 2 and 3). In the evening it is a bit more complicated, so I will try to explain. Overall, I would divide all the products into 2 categories: pre-cleanse (without water) and cleanse (using water and eventually your other tools).

Makeup Basics Cleansers and Removers!

Step 1:

Pre-cleanse: this is basically the first step to the clean skin. The most gentle way to cleanse your skin is by using oil. You could use special oil (many brands produce cleansing oils) or just any oil you like. Apply using the cotton pad on your dry face and you will see how easy your make-up comes off. It cleanses your eyes just as well as your face. The negatives are that you need to find oil that is perfect for your skin, otherwise your pores will be clogged in an instant. Also, step 2 is required after. Examples: olive oil, Avene Cleansing Oil, Uriage Cleansing Oil (my favourite!), Givenchy Clean It Silky Cleansing Oil.

Then you could use cleansing wipes. This is probably the easiest way, although definitely not the best, as I got the impression that those wipes all contain an ingredient that tends to clog my pores. Not perfect for me, but maybe you’ll find it interesting. Examples: Mustela Facial Cleansing Cloths and Shiseido Pureness Refreshing Cleansing Sheets.

Next, you could use a cleansing milk. It is a very gentle way to clean your skin. I would recommend it for normal/dry/sensitive skin. It could leave a grease feeling though. Also, some milks could clog your pores, especially if you skip step 2. Examples: L’Occitane Shea Butter Cleansing Milk, Nuxe Comforting Cleansing Milk.

Then you have cleansing balms. These are not liquid, so you can’t apply them using cotton pad. What you need to do is warm it up between the hand palms and then massage it gently onto your face, then rinse. It depends of the balm, but they are mostly quite gentle. It is the method that is best during cold winters, or for people with dry skin. Examples: Darphin Aromatic Cleansing Balm, Ren Purity Cleansing Balm.

My favourite method of pre-cleansing is following: micellar water. I believe that, for a long time, it was only available in France but nowadays you can buy them all over the world. Its secret is in the chemistry: basically, it has very powerful ingredients that ‘eat up’ dirt and makeup residue and thus clean the pores. They could also contain hydrating ingredients. Sounds perfect, isn’t it? And it is! It is very easy to apply (just like your toner). And if you want to skip step 2, it wil be fine, as your skin will be clean enough, although I don’t recommend it. This is the best method for the persons who have delicate skin. What I also love about it, is that you can use it for the eye area, too! Even for the waterproof makeup, although it will take a bit longer to remove that. It feels like water, doesn’t leave any greasy feeling or dry out your skin. Perfect for me! But now it’s your turn to choose your perfect makeup remover. My tip: try them all out to understand what works best for you. You could ask for samples or buy miniatures not to waste money on the product that will be wrong for your skin type. Examples: La Roche-Posay Micellar WaterAvene Cleanance Micellar Water.

Now that our skin looks clean, let’s go on to Step 2, where you will wash your face using simple well-known method: using water and face wash.

Step 2:

Face washes might be of different types: first, you have gels. They are not foamy, but start to foam once you apply them on your face. Example: Vichy Normaderm Cleansing Gel.

Face foams do not change their structure. Examples: BareMinerals Deep Cleansing Foam.

Facial soaps are hard, you need to weaten your hands before applying it. They are also the least gentle way to cleanse your face. Example: Mustela Gentle Soap with Cold Cream.

Step 3:

After you’re done with face wash, tap your face lightly with a towel and apply your toner, then your moisturizer. A toner will close up your pores, hydrate or mattify your face, depending on your choice. Examples: Avene Mattifying Toner, Darphin Refreshing Toner.

Remember that no makeup will make you more beautiful than routine skincare. It is essential to always follow these steps! Good luck with it, and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask!