I don't know what's possessed me, but i've decided to make a blog post AND video of my night-time cleansing route, AS I DO IT, so you can see me in all my no-makeup glory (turn away if you're of a weak disposition har har).
This is me before make-up removal....
First things first, the vital tools...
- Cotton wool (preferably pads, mine are of the sealed-edge variety from Poundland!)
- Muslin cloths or face cloth
- Eye make-up remover - in my case i'm using olive oil from the supermarket!
- Cleanser - i'm using No7 Age Defense Cleansing Balm - review to come!
- Toner - Mine is Boots Botanics toner
- Eye moisturiser - i'm using Boots Vitamin E
- Facial moisturiser - i've got some Ponds moisturiser (nothing special!)
- And a hair bobble and hair band if you've got long hair like me
So, Step one - I usually take my eye make up off first to save smearing it all over my face later. I've started using a method picked up from Lisa Eldridge whereby you take a cotton pad, cut/tear it into 2 halves, soak in your make-up remover, then place under your eye area...!
This helps protect your delicate eye area, where i've started noticing fine lines (I think harsh scrubbing with wipes are to blame).
Step Two - Soak two more cotton pads in your make-up remover, then place over each eye, preferably for 10-20 seconds. This helps effectively loosen up your mascara, eyeliner, even falsh-eyelash glue, and allows you to simply "slide" it off rather than scrubbing at your eyes.
("Aye aye captain!")
After the 10-20 seconds start gently patting your eye under the pad, then slide the pads off. You should now have a lovely clean eye area, like so ("naked" eye on right, made-up eye on left):
If you have any make-up residue left over, simply dab/pat at the area with your pad and remover, and very gently wipe round and this should sort the problem!
Step three - Cleanser. I do the "double cleanse", whereby the first one is simply to remove make-up, and the second is a proper deep cleanse of your skin.
Now, for my first cleanse I massage it in, then soak a muslin/face cloth in hand-hot water, place it over my face (and let the steam get to work in my pores) then gently work round my face, which not only helps remove make-up but acts as a gentle exfoliant. Of course you could always just wipe the cleanser off with cotton wool, its your choice (and depends on the cleanser).
For the second cleanse I apply more cleanser and spend a bit more time working it into my face and neck. Then I simply wipe off with cotton pads.
Step Four - I use a toner to ensure I have removed all traces of cleanser and to tighten up my pores after being opened from the hot water (insert very cheesy pic here!).
Step five - apply eye and facial moisturiser.
And...voila! Lovely clean skin ready for bed!
It looks like a lot of steps, but it takes about 5 minutes, and I like knowing my face is squeaky clean!Obviously my morning routine is far less extensive. I wash my face with water, use some Nivea daily facial scrub, sometimes tone, then apply my daily moisturiser (followed by Clinique City Defense).
Care to share your cleansing routine?
P.S. Here's the video I made, which is basically the exact same thing but you can see it in action!!