For the most part, I stick to the products in my skincare regimen but cleansers are one thing I like to experiment with. My obsession with cleansers is due to the fact that they are the foundation of any regimen. Like i tell most people, 80% of skin problems can be cured by simply cleansing properly and with the right products.
There is so much cleansing goodness out there that I feel like I would be missing out if I only stick to one. Maybe one day I will find my holy grail cleanser but till then, I will keep running down the aisles of beauty stores looking for a cleanser to try out. Here is my current power cleanser trio!
|Bioderma Sensibio H20, Nuetrogena Visibly Clear 2 in 1, Olay pore minimizing cleanser + scrub|
Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution
This cleanser has been HOT in the beauty space for a while now- I'm talking shelves have been cleared out the moment they are stocked with Sensibio H2O. I was not disappointed when I bought this product and tried it out. You can tell how much I love it seeing as it is currently way past half -_-.
Bioderma is a French laboratory that works very closely with dermatologists to develop skincare products for their use to treat their patients' skin problems. They aim to cater to all types of skin, even the really sensitive kind.
The Sensibio H20 is very mild and this is what I love about it. Being fragrance and alcohol-free means that it is suitable for really sensitive skin. One rule of thumb I have learnt about looking for cleansers is to always look out for the world "gentle" or "mild", those are the best ones. So please if you are currently using any cleanser that burns and/or dries up your skin badly- into the bin it goes :)
I use it every night with a cotton pad and it gets all my makeup off without leaving my face feeling stripped. It really feels like water without the harshness of water. There is zero sting even around my eyes yet it works so well- magic water if you ask me. My skin really likes this stuff and has seen an improvement since I started using it so guess who is stocking up on these?
The problem with most Bioderma products including this cleanser though is that it is not very easy to find outside of France, to say nothing about Nigeria! But if you are in the UK or know someone heading down here from there, you can get two 500ml bottles for around £20 here.
Neutrogena Visbly Clean 2-in-1 Wash and Mask
If you read this blog often, you would know that Neutrogena is a brand that is very close to my heart. Pocket friendly products that are bad-ass! I have always used the regular daily cleanser but I decided to give this two-in-one wash/mask a try because really, whats better than a dual function product?
This face wash works really well- gentle on the skin yet so effective. I use it on alternate mornings in the shower and it leaves my face feeling very clean and refreshed. There's a minty smell and feel to this product that I really like, it gives the feeling of a real deep-cleanse.
Once a week, I use it as a mask and it works really great too. I usually leave it on for about 15 mins before rinsing off and my face feels super clean. I think I will be sticking to this two in one for a while as opposed to juggling a cleanser and a mask.
It costs around N2000 and I got mine at Ebeano supermarket's beauty section. You can also find it in Med-Plus, Health-Plus, Casabella or online here...
Olay Pore Minimizing Cleanser + Scrub
Two things attracted me to this cleanser- the fact that it's another two in one product and the claim that it is "pore-minimzing". If you are
cursed blessed with large pores, then you know my struggle sister! So I just had to give this a try, along with the many, many pore minimizing products I have tried over the years, sigh…
This cleanser has something the other two can't boast of- microbeads. I loooveee microbeads in everything, cleansers, body scrubs even lotion! It's such a shame that Jergens stopped making their skin smoothing lotion with beads but thats a rant for another day.
The good thing about microbeads is that they really get all the impurities out of your skin by exfoliation. The microbeads in this product though are small so they are much gentler on the skin whilst giving it a good cleanse/scrub. What I really love about this cleanser though is the smell- it smells of nature which makes me imagine that I'm taking a shower standing on rocks, under a waterfall, on a small island… (I'm not crazy I promise). With regards to it's pore minimizing ability, I will say that my pores do look slightly smaller but nothing earth shattering. I will continue to use it to see if these pores can get any smaller- I shall not stop until these pores become invisible to the human eye!
I also bought it from Ebeano supermarket but I can't remember exactly how much now, it was probably in the 2000s though.
So yeah, these are the three best cleansers in my stash now. I also love that because they are all so mild, none of them has caused any skin irritation for me. They have worked really well together to get my skin to the really happy place it is in right now.
What cleansers are your currently loving?
Peace and Love,
P.S- Can I just say how much I enjoyed typing this post? I have really missed blogging frequently..thank you to all of you lovely people that are still faithfuls :) !