How to: Face cleansing

Cleansing is a hotly-debated topic in beauty circles, with some women dedicated to balm, others liking milk and some preferring the ease of wipes.

While the type of product you go for is personal, there are certainly some things to think about when choosing. Firstly – it’s time to stop thinking of cleansing as the boring part of your beauty regime. It’s true that it might not be the most exciting step, but it’s worth it because nothing looks better than great skin. For a dewy appearance you need to clean every bit of muck off your skin, which is easier said than done when you consider that things like SPF are designed to cling on for dear life. In turn, that means your primer or foundation with added sun protection won’t be going anywhere fast. Add to that the grime from pollution that will stick to your face and it’s time to get serious with cleansing.

Wipes are fine for now and then – who hasn’t reached for a pack after a big night out? – but day to day it’s time to dip your toes into the double cleansing pool. The idea behind this is that there are two types of dirt on most faces, oil-based like make-up and water-based such as sweat. Using cleansers to tackle each of these problems should leave you with baby soft and spot free skin.

Oil cleansers may take the form of actual oils or they could be thick balms. Apply this one first, starting in the center of your face and working outwards. Rub it in for around two minutes to ensure the skin is properly penetrated and then remove using a hot cloth.

Once that’s done cleanse again, using a milk or gel version. Do it in the same way as above and you’ll be surprised how much gunk still comes off! It’s also worth considering removing your eye make-up separately, as not all balms are formulated to get it off.

This season many companies have gone wild with new cleansing offerings, so if you fancy mixing things up a bit give one of these a go.

Clarins Extra-Comfort Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream

This was created with those who live in cities in mind as it helps detoxify. Moringa will purify skin and Shea and mango keep it nourished. It’s rich but not too thick and helps boost the skin’s radiance.

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution

You may not have attended the recent round of Fashion Week shows, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a bit of the supermodel about you. This gentle cleanser is loved by make-up artists and one of the most used products backstage.

Ren Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser

This is a very gentle product which should be suitable for even sensitive skins. It also works as an exfoliator, so skin should be buffed and fresh after use.

Givenchy Hydra Sparkling One Minute Glow Powder

If the thought of spending even more time on your routine fills you with dread this is an option – surely you can find a minute? It’s a light powder which you add to wet hands and then massage into skin. It should cleanse, exfoliate and leave skin looking brighter.

This Works In Transit No Traces wipes

The idea is to double cleanse daily, but in reality sometimes we need a quick fix. These wipes from This Works offer an antioxidant formula which is also natural, so make-up and impurities are removed and skin doesn’t feel dry.

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