Proper cleansing benefits the skin in a number of ways, it removes makeup, oil and whatever pollution from the air around us. It also helps keep the skin clear of dead skin cells, that otherwise build up leaving the skin looking dull and feeling rough in texture.
It doesn’t need to be a complex routine neither, but correct cleansing will get you a smoother, brighter complexion.
If you are a fan of wipes, try a Micellar Water instead. These are gentle but effective, alcohol-free and will lift away dead cells. NUXE Micellar Water for eyes, face and lips has actives from Damascena Rose that soothes as it cleanses, skin will feel totally cleansed, €15.50. To use, apply to a LloydsPharmacy Square Cotton Wool Pad, €1.49/70 pads.
If you prefer a regular cleansing lotion but have sensitive or intolerant skin, look to the Physiological range from La Roche Posay. From a collection of cleansers for eyes and face designed specifically for super sensitivity, the Cleansing Milk will gently remove all traces of makeup and daily grime without causing any irritation, €15.99.
With such effective cleansing it’s unlikely you need a toner which is used for removing the end of the cleanser, but a spritz of refreshing and healing lotion adds another layer of hydration to the skin that is instantly absorbed. A Thermal Water is ideal, not only for this stage of your routine but also to soothe and calm the face and neck during the day.
If hot flushes are an issue, keep it chilled in the fridge and use as necessary. This mineral-rich water helps the skin, unlike tap water which is actually dehydrating. Choose Avene Thermal Water in 50ml so you can pop it in your handbag, €4.
Once skin is clean and ready for nourishment, choose the best moisturiser you can to reinforce and strengthen it. Vichy’s new LiftActiv Supreme was created for 40+ skin and promises to keep your glow vibrant all day long. With one version for dry/very dry skin, and another for normal/combination skin pick the one best suited to you, €32.50.
For 40/50+ skin that wants a little more in terms of routine, don’t miss this month’s extra special deal at LloydsPharmacy. The Clarins Double Serum Premium Value Set contains a 30ml of award-winning Double Serum, an oil and serum duo that boost ageing skin. Gentle Refiner (30ml) is a superb exfoliator that you can add to your cleansing routine 1-2 weekly for even smoother skin, and Beauty Flash Balm (10ml) is the skin-saviour everyone loves, it firms and tightens in moments. Yours for just €69.50.
Written by Laura Bermingham