Having recently visited the doctors to get some acne treatment means that I really had to strip down my cleansing regime. I’m not allowed to moisturise, except for a couple of times a week if my skin gets really dry (which it doesn't  and I had to ditch all the deep cleansers and masks I have been using. Here are the products featuring in my new nightly routine.

Kleenex Facial Cloths are a little on the pricey side, but I stockpiled last time they were on sale and with 30 in each pack they last around a month as I only use them nightly. Super soft, large and strong, they work with any cleanser and even just water to remove makeup and cleanse the face.

I recently swapped my beloved MAC Cleanse Off Oil for L’Oreal Paris Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Micellar Solution. Despite the hype around Bioderma, I've never gone out of my way to purchase it, and so this L’Oreal product is my first foray into Micellar solution/ water. I find that this has a weird paint like smell, but it’s not overpowering and doesn't put me off too much. It does feel as gentle as water on the skin, and isn't greasy in any way. This makes a huge change from using an oil cleanser for so long, which has to be removed after use. There is no need to rinse this away and it doesn't leave my skin feeling tight or dehydrated. It removes my make-up really well, although with waterproof mascara/ eyeliner I feel I have to use another product. 

This is where the L’Oreal Paris Absolute Make Up Remover ‘Eye and Lip’ comes in. It’s Bi-phase, meaning it’s made up of part oil and part water solution, which you shake together before using. My eyes get irritated easily, especially after wearing contact lenses all day, but this is really gentle and doesn't sting one bit. It has no fragrance, which again, is great for sensitive eyes and it doesn't leave skin feeling greasy. I use this in addition to the Micellar solution when I have been wearing particularly suborn makeup, and it does a much better job of removing it.

Lastly I use Neutrogena’s Oil-Free Acne Wash morning and night as it contains ingredients that work with my acne medication. I know that using double acne treatments (for example, one prescribed serum and one drugstore face wash) can leave skin dry and tight, but I have been really lucky as this is not the case for me. I used this product when I was much younger, and it always kept my skin clear, but then I think they stopped selling it in England. I picked this up from America, and I’m pretty sure the formula has not changed. It still has the same fresh soapy fragrance, and leaves my skin feeling clean and pores unclogged. It doesn't irritate or dry out my skin, or cause breakouts, as I know other ‘acne treating’ face washes have recently.

And there we have it, my back to basics cleansing routine. Does anyone else have a simple three-product or less regime?


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