Do you ever get in from a late shift at work, long day or night out and want to simply skip that skin routine of yours and grab a makeup wipe? I used to be so guilty of this up until recently and constantly wondered why my skin wasn’t getting any clearer surely taking my makeup off with a makeup wipe was better than not doing it at all?
As I said, recently I was guilty of being too lazy to actually care for my skin, thinking that as long as I couldn’t see makeup on my face that it was clean… does this sound familiar to anyone else? Yup, sadly it’s an easy pattern to fall into thinking that just one day of grabbing a wipe or not taking my makeup off couldn’t make my skin any worse. But if you’re anything like me that’s all it takes for your skin to break out and have you reaching for that heavy coverage foundation and concealer the following day.
That’s why today I wanted to talk to you about the small changes I’ve made to my routine that have made my skin much much happier and cleaner too. I recently discovered those magic cloths that help remove soooo much makeup and dirt. Mines pink and fluffy and I loveee it because it’s very gentle on the skin. I use this as my first step to cleaner and clearer skin. Now don’t get me wrong I’m not going to tell you a miracle product that drastically changed my skin for the better and I’m not a professional skin expert, this is just a routine that has helped me… if you’re cool with that keep reading.
So after using the fluffy pink cloth (with water) I like to cleanse, I usually use a face wash with one of those little rubber exfoliating thingys (technical term unknown) you can get them from most shops for about £1 and they are super helpful and easy to clean. I use this to cleanse my face in circles as this really helps my skin loosen up and get rid of any clingy makeup/ dirt. I’ll add links of some of my favourite cleansers in the ‘shop the post’ section at the bottom of the page. Oh and then you rinse with warm water which is pretty standard I believe.
The next step which I think is pretty crucial and really helps achieve that ‘next level’ of clean is using a cotton pad and a water based cleanser, I tend to stick to Garnier micellar water as there is no need to rinse and you can really see how much dirt comes off your face even after the first cleanse. You may find this pretty gross but I find it oddly satisfying (sorry not sorry)… If you have stubborn eye makeup it may be useful to use a good eye makeup remover before the cleansing stage as some just don’t like to budge. I do however find that the micellar water is very good at removing extra product and is very gentle on the eye area.
Now the last part is to tone, I use Simple cleansing toner as I feel this really helps tighten my pores and stops any dirt getting back in. The final step is to moisturise, for day I use a day cream and night I use a slightly heavier night cream.
If you try this you’ll be surprised at just how much extra makeup and dirt comes off your skin even after you have cleansed. I think that cleansers are ever so good at loosening the makeup/ dirt from your skin but once you have rinsed your face it doesn’t magically fall off there. So by using micellar water and a cotton pad you can really give your face that deep clean. Please try this out and see if it works for you because it has really worked for me and although I have had treatments to help my skin in the past I am still partial to the hormonal breakouts or angry spots!
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