[SKINCARE] Taking the day off aka cleansing routine

By Kristine Lam - June 18, 2014

Cleansing is probably the favourite time of the day for me. Nothing feels better than a clean and refreshed face after a long day (and changing into comfy sweats + old tee). I love playing with make up but I've always believed that it is more important to know how to properly take off your make up than knowing how to apply it. This way you can have beautiful skin with and without make up on :)

Step 1: Pop out the huge clip and take out circle lenses/contacts if you wear any.

Step 2: Remove! I like to remove the bulk of my make up with a cleansing oil/cleansing milk first. Massage the oil all over your face and leave your eyes for last - the eye make up will get all over the place :p

I'm using the Rice Water Bright Cleansing Rich Oil from The Face Shop and loving it! Cleansing oils are great for those with dry to combination skin. There are also cleansing oils specially targeting oily/combination skin which are usually lighter and less rich so no breakouts are triggered.

Yup..all over the place. I try to tissue off some of the eye make up first. Then I wet my hands and massage my face once more before rinsing everything off with warm water.

Step 3: If you use a lot of waterproof eye make up like me, you probably need to follow up with an eye make up remover. You can tell from the panda eyes in the photo that theres still residue. Soak a cotton pad and gently wipe off anything that's left on your eyes. I'm using the Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover - cheap and does the job well.

Voila! Everything off. Some people stop after this step and go onto skin care from here. However, I like to make sure there's no make up left over on my face and really deep cleanse my pores. This helps all the skincare you apply later work more effectively as well.

Step 4: Cleanse! I love using both foam and non-foaming cleansers. On days where I have heavier make up on, I like to use foam because they have better cleansing power as opposed to non-foaming ones. My favourite foaming cleanser has to be the Lancome Mousse Radiance Clarifying Self Foaming Cleanser (what a mouthful). If I'm not wearing any eye make up, this foaming cleanser alone is good enough. It's a gentle yet effective cleanser that doesn't leave your skin feeling tight (which a lot of foaming cleansers do).

As for non-foaming, I've been loving the Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleasning Gel which is super gentle and leaves your skin feeling supple and soft.

Try not to get foam all over your mouth like I did :p
Rinse off with warm water and phew, all done!

I also did a post on night time skin care which you can check out here if you're interested <3

*Sorry some of the photos have funky lighting - my washroom gives a really heavy green cast over everything :(

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