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Dry Skin Diaries; Cleansing

Updated: Jul 13, 2020

Dry skin is something I’ve struggled with since I was a child, I don’t drink enough so straight off I’m doing myself a disservice but I’ve always hated my skin.

So much so, that as a teenager I prayed for oily skin as there were so many products on the market targeted for this type of skin that I thought I could have managed it no problem – but I really struggled with skincare and in particular foundation until that past couple of years.

For the first part in my Dry Skin series I want to recommend what works for me – not all products work for everyone and that’s just the nature of our bodies, so I’d be interested to find out what floats your boat or what makes you flake.

I guess the best place to start is with cleansers.

I won’t lie and pretend I properly cleanse my skin every night – micellar water is my best friend as I actually hate getting my face wet. I know how odd that sounds, I swear I'm not totally clatty!

A great compromise for me is Nivea’s 2 in 1 cleanser and toner.

This totally saved my life when I was camping at Benicassim as you need to forgo a proper beauty routine.

You apply to dry skin and then either rub in with wet hands or clean off with cotton pads or a face cloth. Quite often I’ll wipe off with cotton wool and then use my micellar water as an additional cleanser – this is a great combo for drunken nights or those nights where you seriously cba.

This is currently on sale in Superdrug for £1.29, so if you want to snap up a bargain – now’s your chance!

A recent fave is the Clinique Take The Day Off cleansing balm. I was recently gifted this (you can read about it here) and it’s the first time I’ve ever used a product like this so I was excited to give it a go.

I can have quite irritated eyes and so far this has been a total dream!

One thing I did pick up from reviews was that the balm can get quite grubby looking if you’re digging out with fingers, so I liberated a plastic spoon from a Cadbury’s Egg n Spoon and have been using that. Don’t tell me I’m not resourceful!

You scoop a little out at a time and warm it by rubbing in your hands before massaging in and rinsing, its super gentle and really does remove every scrap of foundation – I do find that I need to use an additional bit or something else on stubborn mascara. This one is a little pricier so I would really need to value to replace, it’s RRP is £25.

Another product that is a bit of a lazy girl hack is Soap & Glory’s 3-in-1 Vitamin C Facial Wash.

I first got this in their bumper gift at Christmas but have continued purchasing as I’m so impressed. To be honest, I’ve never used a Soap and Glory product I didn’t like, but this one is a great gel cleanser with exfoliating beads.

At first I was concerned as these really do look like microbeads however I’ve done some digging and as far as I can see they phased this out a few years ago so these are made of various oils.

It’s a really nice one for if your skin’s suffering or you’ve slept with your makeup on as it feels like a stronger cleanse without totally stripping the skin – and it leaves a nice tingle after use which I always thing gives a nice fresh feeling.

You can pick this up at Boots for £5.33 just now, but each bottle has lasted me an eternity!

My final go-to has to be Superdrug’s Dual Cleansing Oil from the Vitamin E range.

Another brand I can’t find fault with, the bottle goes a long way and is always one I come back to.

The duality of the cleanser means you need to give it a good shake before use, otherwise you just get a whole lot of water and none of the good stuff.

Not one I like using on my eyes unless its’s the last thing I do before bed, I sometimes find I have a thin film on my eyes which isn’t nice – however I do love that once it’s removed a day’s makeup and grime, it leaves an oily layer on the skin.

This may not be up everyone’s street but I love it as It really helps my skin from drying out.

It’s a great one to use if you plan to wear makeup slightly later and can go barefaced in the interim.

The Vitamin E range is often on offer in Superdrug and right now you can bag a BOGOHP deal!

Have you tried any of my cleansing staples? What are your thoughts; love ‘em or hate ‘em?


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