The Double Cleanse
I'm very diligent when it comes to my skincare routine. I've happily left behind me the days when I would use makeup wipes and sleep in my makeup. It was never a nice feeling - especially when hungover - but fortunately, those awful habits developed as an 18 year old (who stayed out way too late at clubs I can only look back on as cringeworthy now) are long gone.
In the mornings, I use a basic cleanser, but at night when I'm removing my makeup, I like to do what I call a double cleanse. I never look forward to removing my makeup at the end of the day, but it's just one of those things that's always hard before it's done. I first remove my eye makeup with Bioderma Sensibio H2O Solution Micellaire before going in with either the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser or the Emma Hardie Amazing Face Natural Lift and Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm. I rub either product all over my face in circular motions to melt away the makeup and then remove the residue with a hot, damp muslin or flannel cloth. When my first cleanse has been done, I pump a small amount of either the Avène Gentle Gel Cleanser or Caudalie Gentle Cleansing Milk onto my hands and rub this all over my face too, before washing it off and continuing on with the rest of my routine.
I interchange these products depending on what I feel like. Liz Earle is mostly used on an everyday basis, whereas I like to save the Emma Hardie cleansing balm for those nights when I'm wearing heavier makeup or for a little skincare pamper. Both are really gorgeous cleansers that are absolute staples in my routine, but I'm sure as fellow beauty product junkies, you can understand my need for variation and to mix it up. The Avène and Caudalie cleansers are more or less the same and I like to go in with a second cleanse just to make sure every trace of makeup is removed, so that my skin is thoroughly cleansed and fresh before moving on to toner. This is my second bottle of the Avène cleanser and I just love it. I don't use a fancy anti-blemish cleanser or the like as my serums, masks and other treatments are there for when I have breakouts or other skin issues. The Caudalie cleanser is a relatively new addition to my skincare routine and like the Avène one, it's quite basic, but does the job. The difference I've found between the two is that the Caudalie one leaves my skin feeling quite silky, but I think milk cleansers are generally more hydrating than gel based ones.
Perhaps I'm a bit anal and the double cleanse is a tad unnecessary, but if you're going to take off your makeup, you may as well do it properly and treat your skin with the utmost care. Remove the makeup and then cleanse the skin. It still baffles me that girls believe they can remove their makeup without even washing their face with water. Do you clean your body without having a shower or bath? Didn't think so.
If you'd like, you can see an in-depth review of my skincare routine here. Are you a double cleanser kind of girl? What products do you like to use?