Skincare, exfoliation and cleansing are words commonly heard and seen these days. Products in the skincare category have never been so tailored up until recent years, with many brands now offering a wide selection of products to suit every skin type and individual requirement.

However, today we are going to strip skincare down to the basics. I do believe that good skin primarily derives from a good diet and drinking copious amounts of water everyday, but having a great skincare routine will definitely help. I have been through eight years of different skincare routines but I can finally say now that I happy with the products that I am applying on my face for my morning and evening skincare routines.

I do admit that in the past, I was quite lazy with cleansing, and I would rush to take my make-up off before bed. I also didn't clean my skin as thoroughly as I should have, and believed exfoliation was the key to everything. While it is important, I probably over-exfoliated my skin, and in addition to that, did not give it any real substance in terms of toners, serums, or moisterizers.

In this post, I will take you through my skincare steps and recommendations to a more clarified cleanse, beginning with a morning and evening cleanse, a tip for taking off make-up, and finally, detoxifying and purifying your skin through the use of exfoliators. 

Nutriganics Foaming Facial Wash
Daily cleansing is important for soft and smooth skin, drawing out impurities, and getting your skin ready for any skincare products. In the morning, I am currently using the Nutriganics Foaming Facial Wash from The Body Shop. While the packaging is functional and practical, the product inside is also fantastic. I love using a simple cleanser in the morning to wash off any excess oils on my face and to get it prepped for my morning skincare products. Firstly, I'll splash some water on my face, and with a few pumps of this cleanser in my palms, I work it over my skin with my finger tips. After a few minutes of rubbing the product around my face, I then rinse it off and pat my face dry with a face cloth.

In the evening, I like to use a deep cleaning cream cleanser in conjunction with a make-up remover to make my skin feel clean and refreshed at the end of the day. The Lancome Crème Radiance cleanser has a rich and thick texture that changes from a cream to a foamy wash that lathers luxuriously over your face. This cleanser works even further to remove any excess dirt and make-up, but because it is a cream cleanser, it doesn't leave my skin feeling dry or tight. Similarly to my morning cleanser, I use my fingertips to lather up this product because it prevents any unnecessary extra exfloiation. 

CRÈME RADIANCE Clarifying Cream-to-Foam Cleanser
I love using oil-based make-up removers because they work really well to break down make-up gently without drying out my skin. Currently, I'm using the Moisture White Shiso Cleansing Oil from The Body Shop. I find the oily consistency not only helps to cling to the make-up and break it down, but it is also a pleasure to massage into the skin after a long day of work. I'll work the oil over my make-up with my fingers to help break it down and bring it out of the skin. Afterwards, I'll wet my palms and massage the oil further, which turns into a silky solution that I can then rinse off with warm water. An oil-based make-up remover is a very easy to use and ensures a thorough removal without being abrasive.

For a fuller and deeper clean, exfoliation is definitely the key. This is something I only do once to twice a week, as to not over-exfoliate and dry out my skin. One of my favourite exfoliation products is the Charcoal & Black Sugar Polishing Mask from Freeman Beauty. A true cleaning session would not be complete without a polishing face mask. I adore this mask for brightening my face, without leaving it feeling scrubbed away by the sugar crystals, as they begin to dissolve once you add water. I apply a thin layer of this mask all over my face, working it around the eye and lip area. Instead of scrubbing the sugar crystals immediately, I'll let the mask sit for ten minutes, then add some water between my palms to loosen the mask and begin rubbing it around my face. I focus on the areas I'm looking to purify and cleanse, especially my chin and nose area. After a thorough scrub, I wash the mask off with lukewarm water and use my hands rather than any type of cleansing too, as I do not want to over-exfoliate. A product designed specifically for exfoliation really helps to pull away any additional dirt, and it is definitely a staple to add to your skincare routine.

Charcoal & Black Sugar Polishing Mask

So that is all for today! Do you have any cleansing tips you'd like to share? Leave a comment down below, and let me know if you enjoyed this post!

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