I want to share with you my current Summer cleansing routine as I've recently bought new products to try & so far, so good!
My eyes are so sensitive & react to a lot of eye makeup removers, even ones stating they are specifically for sensitive eyes. I don't like the residue left by oilier removers & I find they make my mascara smudge the following day after using them so that pretty much rules them out! But I've been using the Simple Nourishing Eye Makeup Remover for over a year & I do actually think it's the best one I've ever used. It removes every scrap of mascara & eye makeup & I never wake up with panda eyes the following morning (well, unless I've used Benefit They're Real but I'll save that post for another day!) My eyes never feel irritated or greasy & I think for a product hovering around the £4 mark for 100ml, it really does a brilliant job.
I've been a loyal fan of the beauty blogger favourite Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish for years now & I love it so I don't really know what's nudged into trying something new. I've been reading about the virtues of micellar waters (solutions that contain microscopic surfactant molecules that help to bring oil & water together. Read here for a brilliant description!!) for some time now but I've been happy with my routine so hadn't bothered trying them. Well eventually, just as I knew it would, curiosity got the better of me & after seeing the B Pure Micellar Water on offer in Superdrug (150ml, currently £3.32 instead of £4.99), I decided to try it.
I just look at these bottles of solution & think, "nope, that'll never remove all my makeup" but amazingly, it does! I'm so impressed with this product, I really feel like my skin is getting cleansed & refreshed without any tautness afterwards. I've been using this as my first cleanse before I move onto my next new product, Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm from Boots, £8.99 for 75ml. Again, I'd seen this product reviewed many times on the blogosphere but it was especially when Jen of Daisy Rose Beauty recommended it that I decided to try it!
This beautifully scented 97% organic cleansing balm is almost solid in the pot, as you'd expect from a balm however, it melts fantastically onto the skin as you can see from the above photo. The smallest amount goes a long way so I'll be expecting this pot to last a long time! I massage it in all over my face & neck (always massage your face upwards ladies, gravity is pulling it down, it doesn't need any extra help!!) & remove with the enclosed cloth soaked in hand-hot water. Rinse & repeat until all signs of makeup have gone.
My skin feels scrupulously clean after using this balm but so nourished & moisturised. The smell is divine & I'm pleased to see that it's 97% organic, paraben free & not tested on animals. I'm really tempted to try more products from the Botanics range now!
I realise I haven't included any moisturisers or serums on this post but that's coming soon. If I'd added them to this one, it would've gone on forever!
So to conclude, although I've only been using the micellar water & balm for a week or so, I am really impressed with them. I stupidly feel like I'm being disloyal to my Cleanse & Polish but it will be interesting to see how my skin is after a month or so. This duo could become my new favourite!