When I was a teenager blessed with unblemished, youthful, 'normal' skin type, the perfect cleanser was one that foamed generously, you know, the one that left that squeaky clean feeling. Over the years though, as my skin matured, my preferences for cleansers have taken quite a dramatic change. My dry skin now craves hydration, so milky, creamy concoctions that gently cleans without that tight irritated feeling, work best for me. These are my top picks:
Dr Hauschka soothing cleansing milk - late last year, as I was weaning Alex off breast milk I suddenly developed ugly red spots around my mouth which the doctor diagnosed as perioral dermatitis (mostly likely caused by hormonal changes). For days, my skin was stinging, extra sensitive and looked terrible. My doctor told me to lay off make up so I couldn't even cover it up. I started using this cleansing milk and found it immediately provided much needed relief. Its gentle formula cleansed, hydrated and comforted - it was truly a godsend.
Paula's Choice skin recovery softening cream cleanser - it may be called a cream cleanser but it actually has more of a lotion consistency. It does not foam but rinses away well with water. I find it works brilliantly at deep cleansing and removing makeup while leaving skin clean and hydrated.
Avene gentle milk cleanser - my personal winter favourite; when my dry skin gets even dryer in the cold months, I know it's time to reach for this mild, extra gentle no rinse milk cleanser. I simply massage it on with my fingers and remove with cotton pad soaked with toner - it is perfect for cold winter nights when I want to clean my face without having to splash away with water.
Kosmea purifying cream cleanser - the Kosmea brand is new to me but if this product is anything to go by, I'm adding it to my list of trusted skincare brands. Its smooth creamy formula rids skin of dirt and make up while boosting hydration. Chock full of
hydrating rosehip oil and avocado oil,
this nice smelling cleanser leaves skin soft and fresh.
Have your cleansing needs changed over the years? What are your current favourite cleansers?