I cleanse every night. If I don’t cleanse and am about to drop dead, makeup wipes/ makeup remover will do the cleansing but this isn’t habitual. Since about five years ago, I’ve gone soap free and as paraben-less as possible. Changes in weather conditions do that to the skin, some make it more dry and sensitive which is my case. Since living in Singapore, humidity, motherhood, all changed my skin. And the skincare had to be adjusted accordingly, less harsh chemicals, no soap, more moisture, SPF daily, brighteners, etc.
My three current cleansers are (from most expensive to cheapest).
REN Ultra Moisture Cleansing Milk – I looked for an alternative to Dermalogica Ultra Calming Cleanser and found a comparable one [similar texture and quality]. This product is formulated for dry skin, it is paraben, sulfate, fragrance, silicone FREE, basically the most gentle cleanser you will find, very cream like and zero foam. I like REN lots, it leaves the skin feeling fresh and moist, removes makeup well and though a bit pricey (I paid 22 GBP for 150ml), it is worth the dosh.
Hada Labo AHA/BHA Exfoliating Face Wash – This is a Japanese product. Lately and because I am in Asia, I’ve been using more brands from Japan, (SK II skincare is another favorite). This is a lovely cleanser, it has a polishing element where your skin will feel smooth and radiant and if you have dry skin, definitely moisturize right after. The combination of AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid and BHA (Salicylic Acid) gently exfoliates – and exfoliate you must at least a couple times a week. This formula is fragrance free, mineral oil, and alcohol. Good product, paid SG $13.50 at Sasa.
Bio-Essence Deep Cleanser With ATP –
Another Asian product that is huge in Singapore, there are ads and promotions everywhere. While in the aisles of Giant supermarket, I saw a soap free, gentle cleansing formula on sale for SG $11 – why not? It is formulated as a daily cleanser. I like the natural herbal ingredients and ATP claim (ATP is an anti-aging agent). A little of this product goes a long way, it definitely foams up fast and gets the job done.