Friday, 29 May 2020

Two facial cleansers I'm loving right now and I think you would do too

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Cleansing your face properly, especially in the evening, is one of the most important part of your skincare routine. You can't expect other products to benefit your skin if you apply them on an uncleansed face, plus all the daily dirt and grime can cause breakouts and premature aging. Double cleansing in the evening is essential, in my opinion, first cleanse to remove makeup, SPF and dirt sitting on the top of the skin and second to deeply clean the skin. 
I would usually pick an oil based cleanser for my first cleanse in the evening, as the oils will dissolve makeup and grime easily, and then follow with water based cleanser but I don't think that's essential for everyone. 
As much as cleansing is important, choosing the right cleanser is also crucial. One that will suit your skin and won't be stripping and drying as we don't want the cleansing routine to actually cause damage to our skin. 

There are thousands of facial cleansers on the market, I have tried probably hundreds of them, some of them were a disappointment, some just a short affair, and some have become long term relationship :) 
The two cleansers I want to talk to you about in this post are definitely ones I will regularly have in my skincare routine! And they're both fairly priced which is a bonus, I don't think you need to splurge on cleansers as long as they're well-formulated and suit your skin type.

Ark Skincare Age Defend Conditioning Cleanser*, £25 for 200ml

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Olive Oil Peg-7 Esters, Butylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Laureth-4, Moringa Oleifera Kernel Oil, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Glycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Bht, Passiflora Edulis (Passionfruit) Seed Oil, Disodium Edta, Actinidia Deliciosa (Kiwi) Fruit Oil, Benzoic Acid, Hydrolyzed Opuntia Ficus Indica Flower Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Nymphaea Coerulea (Blue Lotus) Flower Extract, Dehydroacetic Acid, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Cymbopogon Martinii (Palmarosa) Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Vanilla Planifolia, Salvia Sclarea (Clary Sage) Leaf Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Myrocarpus Frondosus (Cabreuva) Wood Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Lavandula Hybrida (Lavandin) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Cedrus Atlantica (Cedarwood) Bark Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil, Amyris Balsamifera (Amyris) Wood Oil, Acacia Dealbata, Potassium Sorbate, Sorbic Acid, Tocopherol, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Linalool, Limonene, Geraniol. 

"Ark Skincare it's a British skincare brand, using bioactive natural ingredients, containing highly effective antioxidants, lipids and vitamins. We ensure our formulations are free from Parabens, SLS, mineral oil, S.D. Alcohol, Formaldehyde, and Artificial Colours and Fragrances which can cause irritation in some skin types. The ARK Skincare range consists of three key age-specific product lines, Protect for teens & 20s, Defend for 30s & 40s, & Defy for those over 50. Each range is supported by skinperfectors, a collection of highly effective targeted treatment products to treat any specific skin concerns you may have; and skinessential, every day products for all ages and lifestyles."

The Conditioning Cleanser is a beautifully nourishing gel cleanser that removes makeup, oil, and daily grime easily without stripping the skin from moisture, it leaves my skin clean but soft and supple. It contains, amongst other ingredients, Moringa Oil rich in Vitamin A and C, Kiwi and Passionfruit lipids which are packed with Omega 3 fatty acids to boost skin's moisture levels, Lotus Flower Extract which is a powerful antioxidant. 
The cleanser comes in a bottle with a pump which is always convenient and appreciated and can be used morning and evening, I personally like to use it as my first cleanse in the evening but I also often reach for it in the morning. It feels really luxurious on the skin, I massage it all over my face, then add some water for it to emulsify and then rinse it off or remove it with wet face cloth. The cleanser has a subtle herbal scent which is relaxing and soothing. 
Although it's formulated specifically for older skin I think anyone would enjoy using it regardless of age if their skin needs nourishing cleanser. 

CeraVe SA Smoothing Cleanser, £12 for 236ml 

Ingredients: Aqua/Water, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Cocamidopropyl, Hydroxysultaine,Glycerin, Niacinamide, Gluconolactone, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, Ceramide NP, Ceramde AP, Ceramide EOP, Carbomer, Calcium Gluconate, Salicylic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Lauroyl, Lactylate, Cholesterol, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA, Tetrasodium EDTA, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Phytosphingosine, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerine. 

This Cleanser might not be for everyone but if you have normal to oily skin, prone to congestion, breakouts, blackheads then you will love it. 
My skin gets congested easily so I love Salicylic Acid, an amazing ingredient to keep pores de-congested and clear, but I often find cleansers for oily skin quite stripping and drying. 
Not the CeraVe offering though! 
Although it's a foaming cleanser I find it very gentle on my skin and, surprisingly, hydrating. It protects the skin's natural barrier with three essential ceramides and hydrates it with Hyaluronic Acid. Thanks to Salicylic Acid it gently exfoliates the skin leaving it clearer and smoother. 
I have a consistent skincare routine in place, with different products looking after my skin's issues or needs, but since adding this cleanser to my daily skincare routine my skin has become smoother than ever. I often have little under skin bumps/congested, blocked pores but they have disappeared. 
If you suffer from breakouts or your skin gets blackheads, pimples often then I highly recommend trying out this cleanser. 

Have you tried any of these two cleansers? Which ones are your favourte right now? Do you advocate double cleansing in the evening? 

*PR sample/gifted product



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