I take cleansing quite seriously. In the morning, it’s not as much of a focus for me, since my skin is mainly covered with skincare that I applied the night before, and any sebum from my skin from sleeping. However, by nighttime, my skin has gone through a full day of external elements including skincare, makeup, sebum and any environmental pollutants / dust that have coated my face for 16+ hours. I need to remove all of this thoroughly before applying my evening skincare.
I use 4 key cleansing products:
• Oil cleanser
• Eye makeup remover
• Micellar water
Here’s a more in-depth look at what I’m currently using.
Muji Sensitive Skin Cleansing Oil ($14.50 for 200ml – Muji stores)
I bought this in the summer and started using it after I finished my MAC Cleanse Off Oil last month. Muji offers 2 versions of their cleansing oil, the Sensitive Skin version has a base of olive oil, whereas their Regular one uses mineral oil. The Muji Sensitive Skin Cleansing oil is quickly becoming one of my top 3 cleansing oils! It is possibly the thickest consistency of all the ones I’ve tried, which had me worried that it would not rinse off well – but nope, it rinses off cleanly and doesn’t strip the skin.
It also doesn’t have any added fragrance so it just smells like… olive oil. This is my first step to break down makeup, sunscreen and sebum from my skin. It’s also very effective in removing about 75% of my eye makeup. I massage the oil onto DRY SKIN for about a minute, and then I rinse with water to emulsify the oil (it turns milky) and then rinse off completely. I pat my skin dry with a dry facecloth.
Bourjois Express Eye-Makeup Remover ($20 for 200ml – Shoppers Drug Mart)
This is my first time trying this eye makeup remover and I quite like it! It’s a dual-phase type of remover which needs to be shaken up prior to use. It’s very effective in melting off stubborn eye makeup including my waterproof mascara topcoat and liquid liner. What I really like about this is that it doesn’t leave an oily residue on my skin, and it doesn’t cloud up my eyesight.
It reminds me of my favourite Biotherm one – at a 2/3 the price. I found this bottle in the clearance section of Shoppers Drug Mart so it was only $10 – I would shell out money for this at full price.
Simple Cleansing Micellar Water ($10 for 198ml – drugstores)
I always follow up oil cleansing (which I consider as my 1st step cleansing) with a micellar water (2nd step cleansing). I used to rely on either a cream or gel cleanser as my 2nd step but I found them too harsh for my skin. Micellar waters are much more gentle, yet effective in removing any remaining residue. Typically I don’t have much residue left on my face since the oil cleanser is very good in removing everything – but areas where I can’t reach with the oil, such as around the hairline, on the neck, and behind the ears need special attention. You’d be surprised how much gunk micellar waters pick up from those areas (and no, I’m not a pigpen!)
I do have to say though, I’m not too much of a fan of this particular micellar water by Simple (sorry Joy!) – I find it doesn’t pick up residue as well as other micellar waters I’ve tried, and it also tends to smear stuff around instead of lifting it off. My favourite micellar waters are: Yves Rocher, Caudalie and Reversa.
L’Occitane Shea Butter Gentle Toner ($25 for 200ml – L’Occitane stores and online)
I finish my cleansing with an alcohol-free toner. This acts as both a final cleaning step as well as a prep for serum / moisturizer. This step is how I know that my micellar water isn’t doing its job. My goal is to not have any residue left when I’m applying my toner. I also find that putting some hydration just prior to applying a serum helps to retain moisture in my skin better than when I apply serum to completely dry skin. I did a review on the L’Occitane toner already recently. My favourite alcohol-free toners are: Body Shop Vitamin E Hydrating Toner, and Mary Kay Botanical Effects Freshen Formula 1.
So this is my evening cleansing routine and products that I’m currently using. How to do you clean your face at night?