The ULTIMATE skincare wishlist: Cleansers

Two days sun, two days rain, one day sun and its only Wednesday. Would it be premature of me to think summer’s here? With the advent of a long-awaited summer I’m thinking its time to change my skin care routine. Like fashion, each product has a season and its time for me to cast off last year’s dredges and start afresh, well somewhat afresh. There are some products I’m not quite ready to archive yet. I’ve wanted to change my skin care products for the past year as I feel my current products are under performing

So in order of the old adage – Cleanse, Tone, Moisturise here goes my ultimate wish list. At this point I should say I have oily skin, with sometimes enlarged pores somewhere in the late 20’s box. On some days, especially if I’m at work, I feel I ooze sebum.

This will be a 3 part post, kicking off with….


Ever since beauty school, I have doubled cleansed. Especially at night. After a full face of make up all day, going on the underground, air conditioning at work and soaking up general atmospheric pollution, there is no way my skin feels clean after one wash. So if you’re not double cleansing, I suggest you follow my lead.

Step One

L’Oreal De-Maq Expert Elixir Concentrate Ultra Make Up Remover

This is a product I currently use and I’m on my second tube. I love this stuff. The thick gel dissolves make up effortlessly. Including lipstick and the copious amount of black eyeliner I wear.  Its pretty simply to use – squeeze onto palm, massage into face, add water to turn into emulsion, rinse. This is what the professionals use and is a keeper.

Step Two

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Natural Lift & Scuplt Moringa Cleansing Balm – £34

Never used this before, but its been within my sights for an age. One of my fave beauty bloggers guru- BeautyMouth – can’t/won’t stop raving about it. She is someone I totally trust with skin care and if she says its good, then its good. Period.  Another reason I want to try this cleanser is because of its action on skin and pores. According to the EH website, amongst a barrage of other good things, it purifies and helps to minimise the appearance of open pores. I’ll have some of that, thank you very much! Once I’ve tried it, I’ll do a full review then.

Step Three

Perricone MD Citrus Facial Wash – £35

I like the idea of using a wash at the end of all this cleansing. Wash away the day, I say. Again, I’ve never used this product before, but after research I feel it would be a good addition to my stash.  Its paraben free, so brownie points already. It also has patented Vitamin C Ester which according to the website will help with elasticity, texture, radiance, firmness and discolouration. It’s a lot for one product, so I’ll let you know what I think soon enough. Its sounds like a product I’ll use morning and night.

So there we have it, the first steps into revamping my skincare routine and weaning me off the Dermalogica rot I’ve been too scared or lazy to leave behind for the past year.

ps – I still have a lot of love for Dermalogica. I just feel after three years, I need to explore a bit more.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. beautypulselondon
    May 17, 2012 @ 08:04:37

    A list of lust! I saw Emma Hardie speak at an event at Space NK last year. She was brilliant! She did a demo on a willing customer using her cleanser and musin cloth technique…the transformation was instantly visable!


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