I was cleaning up my bathroom counter yesterday. I LOATHE cleaning the bathroom and leave it until I just can’t take it anymore. I wish I wasn’t like that…but eh. That’s just the way I am. I think part of the reason is that I hope-HOPE someone will clean it for me. But nobody ever does…and part of that reason is that I’m mostly alone these days. With Marky gone and Terry working out of town a lot-who’s going to clean the bathroom for you Tracy?! YOU. That’s who… 😛
Well, sad-sack story aside, the plethora of face cleansers on my counter made me laugh and cry at the same time. It also reminded me of Jen@ ProcrastinatingPretty and her post about the cleansers she uses. She had three in rotation. At this moment, I have her beat, EASILY.
Six, count ’em-SIX facial cleansers. Beauty Junkie, or what? Hahahaha…. 😛
But, I have an explanation and a reason why each one is there, and as you can see-I do use them! They’re not just decoration! So, I thought I’d share why I like/love/loathe them, because that’s what I do. 😀
The Cleanser Workhorses
The Cerave Foaming Facial Cleanser has been a staple for years now. Terry and I both use it. It’s a simple, no fuss foamy cleanser that never, ever dries or strips my skin. Or his. My face feels clean and soft after using it. I use this one after the gym mostly. There’s nothing like a foamy cleanser to make your sweaty, post-workout face feel clean. I also have the A-Derma Exomega Emollient Cleansing Oil in my shower and rotate between the two. To be honest, I prefer the A-Derma, but Terry likes the Cerave so I keep it on the counter.
Since I’m going to be heavily testing sunscreens soon, a cleansing oil is a must to use to make sure the sunscreen is removed from my acne-prone skin. Shu Uemura Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil is the one I’m using right now. It’s in the LE packaging from the Mika for Shu Collection. After I use a cleansing oil though, I’ll pretty much always use the Cerave or the A-Derma cleanser, or one of the ones you’ll see below to double cleanse. My skin is finicky and tends to like to hang on to sunscreen like a bad cold, which clogs my pores and causes breakouts galore. Double cleansing makes sure that it’s all off and saves my face…at least that’s my theory… 😛
The Creamy Cleansers
In the morning when I wake up, I like to use a creamy cleanser and these are the ones on my counter. The Pai Camellia and Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser I’m trying to use up. It’s ok, but as you know I’m not all that fond of it, plus I think it’s just a rather expensive and stinky version of the next two that I love. 😛
The Vichy Pureté Thermal 3-in-1 One Step Cleanser is a creamy cleansing milk, toner, and eye makeup remover in one. Now, it won’t take off waterproof eye makeup, but it does a pretty decent job on everyday makeup. It’s a great cleanser and I usually pick it up when there’s a two-for-one special at Shopper’s Drug Mart.
Avène Tolérance Extrême Cleansing Lotion is my other favourite no-rinse cleanser. It’s perfect, especially for when my skin is starting to act up. Actually, it’s probably my fave creamy cleanser ever made. I love that it’s hermetically sealed and always sterile…it means it’s always pure and clean and GENTLE. And my skin feels good after using it…clean…soft…calm…moisturized. Plus it doesn’t smell like anything. Worth every single penny. The itchy horsey knows best I swear … 😛
As a beauty blogger, I’m always testing something. It’s one of the reasons why my face is so persnickety. My face is a guinea pig for my hobby, which of course is my choice, so no need to whine about it! But sometimes, whining makes you feel better, especially when it’s served with a great slice of yummy cheese! 🙂 Boscia Tsubaki Cleansing Oil-Gel was a sample in a Sephora order and I’m kind of enjoying it actually! It’s a gel at first, but then emulsifies into an oil when you add water. It feels nice…calming even. Plus, my skin feels clean and soft even though it does a pretty great job of removing makeup. Almost like I don’t have that MUST DOUBLE CLEANSE FEELING after using it…almost. Could be that I’m just so used to double cleansing after any oil-based cleanser, so I’m still thinking about it. I have one more sample to go through and I’ll know for sure after that! But preliminary results point to a YES. I LIKE IT.
Sometimes, the reality of being a beauty blogger/beauty junkie is quite eye opening when you realize all the stuff you have. And use. Or DON’T use. Whatever. If I keep getting carded at Disneyland when I order a beer, I know that what I’m doing with my skincare…using..WORKS. So, Suck it Trebek.
How many cleansers are on YOUR counter? C’mon…let’s be honest here…we’re all junkies..sharing is caring! 😉