I love my cleansers. The one product I have a real weakness for are in fact cleansers, I am an absolute cleanser junkie! I love that fresh clean feeling that I get on my skin after using a good cleanser whether it be first thing in the morning or after a long day. The best things about cleansers is also the fact you can choose easily pick one suit your mood or timeframe. Need some extra pampering on your skin? Use a luxe balm/oil cleanser and give yourself a great facial massage! In a rush? Use a cleanser that has some extra zing to wake you up and emulsifies quickly so you can get out of the door. I believe that having a a decent cleanser wardrobe will have you prepared for any sort of situation and mood. Although, I do I tell myself this to justify my many cleanser purchases haha.
If you don't know, I normally cleanse my face once in the morning and in the evening I do what is called a double cleanse. A double cleanse, basically means that I will cleanse my face twice - once with a good solid, cheaper cleanser (see what I use here) and then my second cleanser will be something similar to what I use in the morning. These types of cleansers are normally packed of really beautiful ingredients which aim to do something to the skin, whether it be a gentle exfoliation, further nourishment, antioxidants, etc. Since I have removed all my make up already, these ingredients are directly applied on to my face and my skin can really get the most out of these amazing ingredients. Second/Morning Cleansers are generally a bit more expensive than my first cleansers due to its formulation but I love the whole cleansing step so much that I find it is worth every penny. Cleansing for me, is the foundation to any good skincare routine. I thought that I would share with you some of my favourite second/morning cleansers that I use in my skincare routines and give a brief explanation as to why I love each and every one of them.
Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser
I think that Tata Harper is the queen of great cleansers, she has four in her range - The Regenerating Cleanser, Refreshing Cleanser, Nourishing Oil Cleanser and my personal favourite, the Purifying Cleanser. I own two of her cleansers already (I would ideally love to buy the other 2...the Mr might kill me) but the Purifying Cleanser is by far my favourite cleanser to use in the morning. The cleanser has a wonderful and refreshing citrus scent which is a wonderful and revitalising way to wake up to in the morning. This cleanser is recommended on the Tata Harper website for those with Oily/Combination Skin or Normal Skin Types and the ingredients list is as follows:
Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Capric/Caprylic/Triglycerides, Water (Aqua), Glycerine, Propanediol, Glyceryl undecylenate, Aroma**, Sucrose Stearate, Decyl Glucoside, Oryza sativa (Rice) Extract*, Glyceryl Caprylate, Lactobacillus/Punica granatum Fruit Ferment Extract, Papain, Curcuma Zedoaria Root Oil, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Sucrose Palmitate, Zingiber Officinale Root Oil, Salix alba (Willow) Bark Extract*, Eugenia Caryophyllus Flower Oil, Sucrose Laurate, Abies PectinateLeaf Oil, Foeniculum Vulgare Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extracts, Kaolin, Bioflavanoids, Leuconostoc ferment filtrate, Montmorillonite, Mica, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Superoxide Dismutase, Soybean Peroxidase, Citral, Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Linalool, Limonene *Ingredients from Organic farming **Clinical grade essential oils blend
I find that this cleanser is great for the summer time as my skin does sometimes feel a bit congested from the heat and humdity - this cleanser does a fantastic job of helping to decongest, purify and balance out my skin (it won't magically unclog all your pores...that isn't quite possible but it does help). The addition of ingredients such as clay (kaolin), papaya enzymes (papain), willow extract help with the purification and detoxification of the skin. Clay acts to naturally soak up any excess sebum, papaya enzymes help to rid the skin excess dead skin cells and willow bark extract has been found to help balance the skin in some scientific studies. The three of these ingredients combined with other botanical extracts give the skin not only a deeper clean but also helps the skin to feel refreshed and revitalised in the morning (when I like to use this) or in the evening after a first cleanse. This cleanser has like a cream/gel like consistency that turns into an oil when applied to the skin due to the use of sunflower seed oil. It won't lather up (and its formulation isn't supposed to) as it feels like a less oily version of an oil cleanser that will emulsify and wash off with warm water. However, I do still like to use a muslin cloth with this as sometimes I can still feel a slight film on my skin. The result in using these leaves my skin feeling refreshed, energised and radiant - the perfect way to start my mornings!
OSKIA Skincare Renaissance Cleansing Gel
This cleanser really needs no introduction as it is a favourite in the blogger and Instagram circles - with good cause as well. Everything about this cleanser is fantastic from its hygienic air tight pump packaging, to its scent and then its wonderful consistency. When this is dispensed from the bottle it appears gel like but once you do rub this between your hands and massage this into the skin it becomes a beautiful and luxurious oil cleansing consistency. Then there is the beautiful light smell which reminds me of a rose garden...it is easy to see why it one of my favourites. I like to use this cleanser both in the morning if my skin needs some extra nourishment or as an evening second cleanser as the smell and consistency of this is just pure luxury. It is also great for someone who is in a hurry as this cleanser, although oil like on the skin, will emulsify into a silky milk that will easily wash off with with warm water. The ingredients of this is as below:
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Aqua, Cetearyl Olivate, Sucrose Laurate, Benzyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Olivate, Sucrose Palmitate, Parfum (Natural), Geraniol, Dimethyl Sulfone (MSM), Citronellol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Lactobacillus/Cucurbita Pepo Fruit Ferment Extract, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Sucrose Stearate, Linalool, Retinyl Palmitate, Ci 77491, Jojoba Esters, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate
The OSKIA Renaissance Cleansing Gel does use an aromatic alcohol Benzyl Alcohol (derived from plants) which may cause irritation but my skin generally hates drying alcohols and I have personally had no reactions to this. In fact, this cleansing gel does quite the opposite and it really does nourish the skin, leaving it soft, smooth and clean after use. It contains nourishing skin ingredients such as OSKIA's signature ingredient MSM which helps to boost collagen production in the skin, starflower oil which helps to build the skin's natural barrier defence and Jojoba Esters which also aims to nourish and hydrate the skin. The Renaissance Cleansing Gel also helps to gently exfoliate the skin, giving the skin a slightly deeper cleanse with the addition of ingredients such as Vitamin A Palmitate (Retinyl Palmitate), a form of Vitamin A which is a great antioxidant that also aims to gently exfoliate the skin and the fermented pumpkin enzymes. Overall, this is a great cleanser for someone who just wants to own one solid second/morning cleanser as it really is fantastic for a morning time rush or if you want to give yourself a pamper session and really massage this into the skin. Its texture, consistency, smell and ingredients makes it great for most skin types. After I finish using this, my face feels clean, soft, supple and radiant and the texture and smell makes it easily one of my favourite go to cleansers.
The OSKIA Renaissance Cleansing Gel can be purchased from the OSKIA Skincare website for GBP£29.50 for 100ml.
Sunday Riley Blue Moon
I love to use this cleanser in the evening, especially if my skin needs a little bit of TLC as the smell, colour and texture of this is so comforting. Blue Moon is a beautiful balm cleanser which is packed full of nourishing and calming ingredients. I find that this might be a bit much to use in the morning (it feels quite rich) but it is amazing as a second cleanser in the evening due to its balm to oil consistency that feels rich, comforting and beautifully indulgent on the skin. Its ingredients list is the following:
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sucrose Laurate, Jojoba Esters, Acacia Decurrens Flower Wax, Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Polyglycerin-3, Glyceryl behenate, C10-18 Triglycerides, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, PEG-8 beeswax, Cetyl Alcohol , Ceteth-20, Steareth-20, Polyglyceryl-6, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswaxl, Squalene, Tangerine (Citrus Tangerina) Oil, Citrus sinensis (Sweet Orange) Oil, Tanacetum annuum (Blue Tansy) Leaf Oil, Matricaria recutita (German Chamomile) Essential Oil, Vanilla planifolia fruit extract, Ylang ylang (Canaga Odorata) Flower Oil, Citrus aurantium var. Amara (Neroli) Flower Oil, Anthemis nobilis (Chamomile Roman) Flower Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Moringa Oil/ Hydrogenated Moringa Oil Esters (Moringa Butter), Chlorphenesin, Caprylyl Glycol.
What gives Blue Moon its soft pastel blue shade of colour is the addition of anti-inflammatory ingredients German Chamomile and Blue Tansy which are both rich in azulene (what gives its blue hue) which act to sooth and calm the skin. This makes it a great cleanser for when your skin is feeling a bit red or sensitive as once you have massaged this into the skin it will help to reduce redness. The use of cocoa butter, jojoba esters, cetyl alcohol and flower waxes give the cleansers a beautiful buttery balm feel which makes it an absolute pleasure to apply on to the skin but also help to hydrate and soften the skin as they provide it with much nourishment. I find that at the beginning, the Blue Moon Cleansing Balm has a really interesting grainy consistency but as soon as you rub the balm into your hands, it will melt into a luxuriously beautiful buttery oil that glides on effortlessly onto the skin. This texture and feel makes it a joy to massage into the skin and give yourself an indulgent facial if need be. This balm will easily remove make up (but I wouldn't as the ingredients as are just too good) due to its consistency and texture. It does emulsify into a milk but I would highly recommend using a muslin cloth to remove this as it will leave a residue due to its balm/oil texture. After cleansing with Blue Moon, you will find that it does leave the skin feeling clean, nourished, hydrated and super soft. Blue Moon can also be used as a hydrating mask if your skin needs that extra bit of hydration and nourishment - just leave the product on for about 20-30 minutes and wash off as per normal. I haven't used Blue Moon in this way yet as I enjoy using it as an evening cleanser far too much! I find that it is a truly wonderful and relaxing way to finish off my day as the smell, the texture and the way it leaves my skin feeling afterwards is such a treat.
Have you used any of the above before? What were your thoughts? What are your favourite morning/second cleansers? I'd love to know, so please feel free to comment in the comments section below!