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Information Skin: Antioxidants

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The skincare industry has a whole dictionary of it’s own (and quite rightly!). The terms, words and scientific statements we are faced with daily can overwhelm any consumer. As A result I take a big interest in finding out what lies behind the technical terms and ingredients (with a little help from the Hirons!). 

Information skin was developed by myself as a series to feature on because I am super passionate about skin care, sensitive skin needs and various skin conditions. I thought it really appropriate to share that in this series (previous posts). 

As a small disclaimer here - I am not a skin care specialist, I am your everyday consumer who enjoys actively finding out more information to better my purchase decisions. Having said all of that please refer to the original sources of the content if you want to find out more. Read More →

My Double Cleanse Routine

Ditch those face wipes, it's time to give your face the take off time it deserves.

Double Cleanse Duo

I mostly double cleanse on the occasions where i've either been exposed to a lot of pollution, been at the gym or applied any makeup products to my face. Having said that, I think a double cleanse routine should be carried out every evening, whatever you applied and wherever you went that day. I just struggle some nights to follow the 1st step with the 2nd, over the thought of flopping into bed (I think we have all been there...)

Double cleansing is normally only required in the evenings, and essentially uses two cleansing formulas (dependent on your preference and skin type) to better target the oils, dirt, makeup or sweat that lives on our precious faces daily. In two steps it will provide a better more thorough clean up than your standalone step would.

It becomes a bit of a therapy, and a great way to leave the day behind you.

One thing to make sure of is that you are using 2 separate cleansers from different product families.  When you dip your toe into this cleansing routine you don't want to be using a gentle milky cleanser, and then following with a gel like cleanser, whilst they are better than nothing for sure, they are going to be gently cleansing the skin, and not necessarily targeting the oils.

As a first step, oil attracts oil. You will be targeting on cleansing the (perhaps most visible) of your daily grime off in this step. So something like a balm cleanser or oil would be perfect here.

Double Cleanse Duo

I currently use the REN Rosa Centifolia No.1 Purity Cleansing Balm (suitable for all skin types - I have sensitive skin). I have found this a great dupe for the pots and pots of the Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Balm I have been through, EH is an amazing cleanser but the packaging of the tub splitting and falling apart annoys me so much! In protest I moved onto something cheaper and just as good!

I use a ten pence piece of the balm (at the most - depending on the days wear) and massage into dry skin. I really work all of that nasty stuff around, you can even use this on your eye area, unlike some oil cleansers. Then I grab a good muslin cloth and wash away the first step. This is where many people would dab their face with a towel and head to bed... but not here.

Step 2 combats the environmental and water based dirt. You might even think, 'My face is clean, there's not a scrap of makeup on it now...' but go ahead with this step as it targets the stuff that doesn't just sit on the surface.

Cult Beauty advises to

Pick up a gel, blemish-busting, exfoliating or clay-based formula, to target the needs of your complexion

My second step uses REN again, it's the Rosa Centifolia cleansing gel this time, which I now only have under a quarter of the bottle left since buying in March (which is pretty good value!). Just pop this on your skin, mix it with some water and then rinse off to finish your double cleanse system.

I've picked out some of the best balm & gel cleansers for all budgets below;


Shop for step 1: 

Shop Balm Cleansers

Affordable: Boots Botanics 97% Organic Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm 70ml £6.69

Mid-Range: Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm 125ml £22.00

High-End: Oskia Perfect Cleanser £32.50


Shop for step 2: 

Gel Cleansers

Affordable: Yes To Cucumbers Daily Gel Cleanser 90ml  £6.99

Mid-Range:Murad Soothing Gel Cleanser 200ml £24.30

High-End: Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser 125ml £35.00


Let me know how you like to double cleanse, have you tried any of these products?

If you want to see a more in-depth review on my double cleansing products from REN then just ask!


Evening Skincare Routine

Back in the early days of 2014 I posted my Morning Skincare Routine - I am now pleased to follow this up with my Evening Skincare Routine. Tadaah!

This is my day to day standard before bedtime.

Cleanse with Emma Hardie Moringa Balm cleanser: Distribute a small amount all over a dry face of makeup and massage the skin. Take a Emma Hardie damp wash cloth, and remove all the daily grime. I am not too overly bothered if a bit of mascara is left etc, as I double cleanse it up.

I complete the 2 step cleanse with the Image Skincare Vital C Hydrating Cleanser to ensure everything has left my face. The cream texture means it doesn't leave my skin feeling dry or stripped, or that is has excess product that it can't absorb - instead it feels comforted.

Once I have dabbed my face dry with a fresh towel, I take a pipette full of my Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum and distribute evenly over my face. ANR is one of those products that I wonder what I was using before it came along, it makes your skin feel revived each morning. January saw me buy my 2nd bottle!

When the serum has sunk into the skin, and your face has lost it's tackiness I apply a 10 pence sized slathering over Vital C Hydrating Repair Creme - my skin loves this product and just seems to drink it in and show me a not so irritated Rosacea like complexion in the morning.

I will also pop on some eye cream if I think of it, but generally I am so ready to sleep that it does get missed. I must remember I am only getting older and one day under eye bags will creep up on me!
Because I am not always consistent with eye creams I don't think it's fair to recommend one here, based on my 'once in a while' usage.

If I have been wearing really stubborn makeup designed for long wear - perhaps I've sprayed my Urban Decay Setting Spray over the top, or I have quite heavy eye makeup. It is then that I target those areas with some Micellar water first, pre - cleanse. I currently really rate the La Roche-Posay Micellar offering, have never tried Bioderma but am keen to try the high street dupe from L'Oreal.

Let me know if you would like more information on any of the products mentioned in this post! Leave a comment below with the favourite part of your evening skincare routine!