Last summer, I was reading a post on Double Cleansing on Makeup Life Love when suddenly it clicked with me that I was washing my face all wrong. I had been using cleansing oil for a while, but wanted to stop because I didn’t feel like my skin was jiving with it. My face was feeling super soft, but I was breaking out. I realized I needed to overhaul the products I was using and find a better regimen for my dry/combination skin.
I ended up rotating a bunch of other products into my skincare routine, and combined with cleansing oils, my skin has never looked or felt better. Many of the specific products have changed over time but the details have remained the same for about nine months!
Removing Makeup: The first thing I do at night is remove my makeup. I’ve been using cleansing oils to do this. For months and months, I was using Shu Uemura. The beauty of a good cleansing oil is that it softens the skin and also breaks down a lot of the makeup, specifically eye makeup that needs removing at night. Lately, I’m using Algenist Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Melting Cleanser. I typically will start with dry skin, and apply the oily awesomeness directly to my eyelids, and start swishing it around, then work my way to the rest of my face. Once I add water, it emulsifies, starts cleansing and removing the makeup from my skin.
Cleansing: Here is the part that I used to skip, that I won’t skip anymore. I have dry-combination skin, but it is acne prone. If I leave even trace amounts of makeup on my skin overnight, I’m going to wake up with a pimple. For my skin type, even though I think the oil-based cleansers get most if not all of the dirt, grime, and makeup off of my face it feels good to do a second cleanse with something that digs a bit deeper. Murad Refreshing Cleanser feels so good and helps clear out any remaining impurities.
Exfoliating: Every few days I like to get at my skin with something a little more scrubby and clean out those pores. Nyakio Kenyan Coffee Face Polish smells earthy and it really agrees with my skin. I’ve been using it a few times a week since last summer and I still have half the bottle left! It leaves my skin feeling smooth, and it doesn’t strip my skin at all. It’s basically replaced my Clinique Exfoliating Scrub that I had been using FOREVER. The ingredients in the Nyakio are just so friendly and natural on top of how great it makes my skin look and feel that it was easy to make the switch!
After all of these steps, if I still have some makeup residue around my eyes (I’m looking at you, waterproof mascara) I will take it off with some Lancome Bi-Facil. I also LOVE to use Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2 on days I’m not exfoliating, but I tend to use that more in the warmer months. Since I’ve talked about it so many times here, I wanted to mention I haven’t used my Clarisonic for a super long time. I’m sure I’ll be using it more in the summer, but I lost the plug during my move so I’ll have to replace it. I really believe in the Clarisonic and I think it does great things for my skin, but I have gotten along fine without it in recent months.
Since I’ve used oily cleansers so much in recent months, of course I always have my eyes peeled for the latest and greatest. Algenist Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Melting Cleanser is a recent favorite that I have been using. It has the same vanilla tapioca scent as the rest of the Algenist Genius line that I reviewed here. When applied to dry skin, it melts into the skin and dissolves all traces of makeup while it cleanses my skin. There are alguronic acid and microalgae oil to work towards anti-aging and to replenish and smooth the skin. It leaves my skin super soft and clean and I have loved using it. I’ll be curious how I feel about it in warmer weather, but it’s treated me well through the winter and super dry skin.
Do you have a favorite cleansing oil? What do you use for skincare?