Fresh, Fresh, Fresh!

May 29, 2012

During the cold months, I tend to choose my cleansers for their ability to lock-in moisture and to provide soothing comfort to my skin. But once spring starts to bloom I like to opt for lighter formulas, preferably ones that will keep my complexion fresh and shine-free. Here are my current favorite cleansers:

Simple Refreshing Facial Wash Gel 150ml ($9.99CAD)

I absolutely enjoy washing my face with a gel cleanser when the temperature gets warmer because I find this type of formula to be seriously refreshing.

At the moment, I am fond of the Simple Refreshing Facial Wash Gel, a new cosmetics brand from the U.K.

I must say that I have been drawn to this product by the fact that it does not contain any soap, dyes, artificial perfumes and most importantly, no harsh irritants. It does not even contain sodium laureth sulfate, often used in many cleansers, which can strip skin from its natural oils and leave it dry and irritated.

This gel is quite gentle, it removes all the impurities without leaving any residue or drying out my face. It's also nice that a little goes a long way. In fact, you only need a pea size every time you wash your face.

The tube is far from being sexy but as long as the product delivers, I'm fine with it.

Bioderma - Crealine H2o - Ultra-Mild Non-Rinse Face and Eyes Cleanser ($20CAD)

This ultra-mild multi-tasker has been a secret weapon of mine for many years.

I prefer to use Bioderma to remove the residues from my face after using my cleanser and also as a toner. The trick with this is to soak a cotton pad, apply it to your face and repeat the process until the cotton pad gets completely clean. It's almost mystifying the first time but I can assure you that it will work every time.

This product is so gentle; the cucumber extract really soothes my skin and helps me achieve a fresh and squeaky-clean feel. I particularly like the fact that this never dries out or leave my skin tense afterwards. It is also impressive when it comes to removing water-resistant make-up especially very thick mascara.

Plus, this product is soap-free, foam-free and has a neutral pH, a real delight for your pores.

Marcelle Hydra-C Double Action Cleansing + Exfoliating Cloths 25 wipes ($12.50CAD)

I am not a big user of facial wipes in general simply because I have had the same cleaning routine for years and I don't mind removing my makeup late at night or when I am really tired. However, I must confess that wipes are great to pack in your suitcase when you travel or to keep in your beauty drawer for the occasional lazy night.

Over the years, I have tried different brands of wipes and I often thought that they were either too perfumed or simply too harsh for my skin. That's until I discovered the Hydra-C Double Action Cleansing and Exfoliating ones from Marcelle.

When you have less time to remove your makeup it is quite convenient to choose a product that will do all the work for you and even go the extra mile to pamper your skin. These cloths contain vitamin B and E and offer two different sides: a soft cleansing one and another side to exfoliate the skin. I find them very convenient because they make it easy to wash your face.
One wipe usually removes all my makeup and leaves my face fresh and clean without ever irritating my eyes. And the gentle exfoliating helps sweep away dead skin leaving my complexion clean and fresh. It's a nice combo to have around.

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