Sunday, 6 December 2015

Top Four Cleansers for Sensitive Winter Skin

Regardless of your skin type, come Winter the combination of freezing weather & central heating means we all need a gentle cleanser that can remove makeup without stripping the skin of moisture. Enter my top four cleansers for sensitive Winter skin.

1 // L'Oreal Paris Skin Perfection Micellar Water, £4.99
Perfect for: mornings & make-up free days

If you're looking for a gentle, hassle-free cleanser then micellar water is for you. Simply place a small amount on a cotton pad, then apply to your face & neck. Although micellar water lacks the power to cut through more heavy-duty make-up, it's perfect for a quick cleanse in the morning, or as the second step in your night time cleansing routine. I also find that a cotton pad soaked in micellar water & held on the eyelids for 10 seconds is great at loosening up waterproof eye makeup.

2 // Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, £15.50
Perfect for: luxury bitch nights in

Long Winter evenings are the perfect time to pamper yourself & Liz Earle's cult cleanser is a great start to a night of face masks & drinking glasses of wine in the bath. Apply to dry skin (makeup optional), rub in & then remove with a warm, damp cloth. This cleanser is surprisingly good at removing long-wearing makeup & also helps exfoliate without causing damage to already sensitive skin.

3 // BiorĂ© Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser, £3.29 (currently on offer)
Perfect for: cleansing in the shower

I first heard about Bioré from Rachel Whitehurst but at the time their products didn't seem to be widely available in the UK, so when I spotted the Charcoal Cleanser in my local Tesco I figured I'd give it a shot. It seems fairly generic, quite similar to things like the Simple Face Wash, but it does work well as in-shower cleanser. It's nice & thick, lathers well but doesn't leave my skin feeling too dry, making it great for Winter.

4 // Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Oil, £22
Perfect for: removing hardcore makeup

As someone with super oily skin I had avoided cleansing oils in the past but Cliniques Take the Day Off Cleansing Oil has turned out to be the perfect match for my Winter skin. Like the Cleanse & Polish you simply apply a couple of pumps to dry skin, massage in, & then remove either with water or a damp cloth. Not only does it cut through hardcore makeup like it's nothing but it also leaves my skin feeling super soft. This has quickly become my go-to cleanser.

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