My skin is an ongoing war zone, it's quite oily and troublesome but I'm not talking about curing all skin ills here- the one thing I prize in my skin care is that my skin feels properly clean at the start and end of each day, and I've used so many products that just don't deliver.
1. Weleda One Step Cleanser & Toner
This is the most miraculous cleanser/toner that isn't a wash I've ever used. I usually use this to remove my make up after I finish work but before I jump on the bike to go home & onto the gym. Rarely have I ever had anything remove so much of the day's grunge from my skin without being left with tight or raw skin. A true miracle and whilst not super über well priced, it's not bad either and worth every penny. But Weleda, please please please start putting in something that dispenses a bit easier. The blue glass bottle might pretty but getting the right amount out of it is hellish!
Available HERE approx £14
2. Dermalogica Dermal Clay Cleanser
A recommendation after a Dermalogica facial and one I used years and years ago. Actual love. Despite being call a clay cleanser, this isn't heavy or sticky. It's more of a cream texture and when applied to skin has a tingly minty sensation thing going on. Perfect for removing a days dirt without and dryness or tightness. Get friendly with a shower cap or flannel head band if, like me, you don't wash your hair every day though, it dries to a really gross consistency if you accidentally smear it into your hair and don't rinse out.
Available HERE approx £25 but often on offer
3. Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Wash
And old but brilliant wash, feels super luxurious and quite gentle but does the dirty work needed. I use this each morning (and the Dermalogica clay cleanser in the evenings) for clean but soft skin. My (limited) understanding is that the enzymes in the wash exfoliate your skin through using the chemistry of the enzymes, and I have to say, since going back to it, I feel my skin is brighter as well as oh so clean.
Available HERE approx £29 but often on offer
4. Natural Sponges
Manual exfoliants are all fine and good, but I'm yet to find one I actually like, so as a slightly gentler option to use with a cleansing wash I use these natural sponges to scrub away dead skin etc. I buy them in Spain where they cost about €1 for 3 or 4 as opposed to £1 for one here. I use them for all over my body too- simple, small and super useful I wouldn't be without one.