Cleansers, Cleansers, Cleansers!

I believe thorough cleansing is an integral part of ones skincare routine. As much as you put in effort to do your makeup, it’s also important to remove it at the end of the day and let your skin breath.

Unless you wear a lot of makeup you probably wouldn’t want to double cleanse. But making sure skin is squeaky clean before you get into bed is possibly the best beauty advice I could give anyone.

So if you are still on the look out for that perfect cleanser, maybe you’ll find something you’ll like here… So read on!




Here’s my stash. I know to some it may look a bit excessive, but I like to keep a wide selection at hand for my various cleansing needs. I promise you all of these purchases were necessary 😉

So what exactly are these so called ‘various’ cleansing needs?

a. Something mild, to use as a pre cleanser when I feel like double cleansing.

b. Morning cleansers

c. Heavy duty makeup removers (in my case, cleansing oils)

d. Cleansers I use with my Clarisonic

e. Exfoliating cleansers


Starting with morning cleansers.

My favourite is this Murad one for sensitive skin which I’ve been using for almost two years and love. It’s a gel formula and so mild; never strips my face off all it’s moisture. I love its very soft fresh fragrance and although it doesn’t lather too much, it’s very pleasurable to use.

I specially cherish it on days when my skin’s breaking out, as this never aggravates any sensitivity.



Murad Soothing cleanser

Pre cleansers

No cleanser post is complete without a mention of this miracle water. My trusty Bioderma. It’s a Micellar water cleanser, which requires no rinsing and is a soap & alcohol free formula. Also this has no detectable smell so it’s great for those who are sensitive to overly fragranced cleansers.

Personally I really love it for days when I wear little to no makeup and it’s my cheat for a quick cleanse without messing with cleansing oils. It’s also mild enough to use in a double cleanse routine.

On the down side I always see a tiny bit of makeup residue on my cotton pad after toning. So I always make sure I tone to get that last bit of makeup off.

What I love the most is this never leaves my face feeling tight or dry. A must have in everyones stash!



The makeup removers

For cleansing off a full face of makeup, I always rely on oils. They really do take off makeup effortlessly with no scrubbing. I seriously can’t believe I waited so long to try these!

Oil cleansers are usually applied on dry skin unlike regular foaming cleansers then massaged in and washed off. And my favourite cleansing oil is the SK2 one. I love that it’s so effective when it comes to taking off all makeup, no need to double cleanse. And it leaves no oily residue on your face but a soft moist bouncy clean feeling. It’s my favourite!

SK2 Oil cleanser

Also in my stash are two Shu Uemura cleansers. The POREfinist and Ultim8 (Both sent to me by Shu Uemura for review). They both do a good job cleansing off makeup but I am not too crazy about the fact that these sting my eyes. Specially the POREfinist, as it’s a finer and thinner formula than the Ultim8 it always, always gets in my eye!

Shu Uemura Cleanser


Cleansers I use with my Clarisonic

I only use one to be honest and that’s the Soy Face Cleanser by Fresh. Possibly their most popular skincare product. This has a very refreshing fragrance which I LOVE! I believe it’s cucumber… hmmm hard to describe actually.

It doesn’t lather up much as it’s a gel cleanser but after use I feel that it leaves the skin a bit thirsty. Not in a tight uncomfortable way but more of a ‘on the brink of feeling dry’ way.

So I am still on the look out for a more hydrating gel cleanser to use with my Clarisonic, so please let me know which ones you use with your Clarisonic. I’d love to give them a try 🙂


Fresh Soy Cleanser Review


Daily exfoliators

As much as I’d love to believe the claim that this gentle exfoliator is fine for everyday use. Good sense tells me not to.

Since skin doesn’t renew itself that fast, I feel that exfoliating everyday aka over exfoliating is just as bad as under exfoliating. That being said, the Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser smells sooo nice, it makes me want to! But of course I don’t! haha

It smells so fresh and I just love using this, but of course maybe once every three days or so, in the mornings. If you are lazy or keep forgetting to exfoliate, purchase this, it’s easy to use and you’d eventually train yourself to routine exfoliation!

I also love that the beads in this are not as abrasive compared to some in the market. And it’s actually pretty mild and never leaves your skin looking bruised and rosy!

Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser

Here’s a look at texture, I didn’t take any of the cleansing oils as they are purely just oil!


Cleanser swatches marked

So in summary,

Murad Soothing Gel Cleanser- For those with sensitive skin and redness try this mild cleanser.

Bioderma Créaline Micellaire Solution- Sensitive / Normal to Combination, great for lazy days and travel.

Shu Uemura Cleansing POREfinist- Oily to Combination skin to take off heavy makeup.

Shu Uemura Ultim8 – All skin types and claims anti aging skincare benefits so I’d say it’s suited for mature skin as well.

SK2 Facial Treatment Cleansing Oil – All skin types to take off heavy makeup.

Soy Face Cleanser- Normal to Combination skin (Although it’s recommended for all skin types) a good everyday cleanser.

Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser – All skin types


Hope you enjoyed this post and I plan on doing more skincare posts in the weeks to come.

So feel free to let me know if there is anything you specifically want to see on my blog 🙂





21 thoughts on “Cleansers, Cleansers, Cleansers!

    1. Hello 🙂
      Thank you so much for your comment. And I hope you enjoy the Bioderma one, it’s one of those must have products. You wont be sorry! And the Fresh is good too, just didn’t wow me. But as far as cleansers go, it gets the job done!

  1. I would like to try the SKII oil-I am not a fan of the Shu ones as they contain mineral oil but if the SKII doesn’t I will definitely want to try it

    1. Ahhh, don’t get me started on the SK2!! It’s my favourite! haha
      You will love the mild rose scent of it. It’s barely there, but such a luxurious cleansing oil! Amazing!

  2. I want to buy one of the cellular waters for the days when I feel lazy. I normally use Dermalogica’s cleansers I love the special cleansing gel and I use the scrub daily microfoliant almost every day (no granules, just a gentle level of acids) which my skin loves. If I dont use it for a few days I actually feel a layer of dead skin built up :/ yuk. I love knowing what others are using in their routines. Steph x

    1. Hi Steph,

      I too have been wanting to try the Daily Microfoliant for the longest time. I really do like the chemical exfoliants to the granular versions as they don’t move skin around while using them. At this age, too much handling can be detrimental >.<
      Anyways thank you for your input, it's going to be on the top of my wish list!
      P.S- If you plan on buying cellular waters, Clarins makes a lovely one. Their Water Cleanser. It smells like peaches and is the pricier version of Bioderma. I really miss it!!!! Must repurchase.

      1. hi great post, not sure why there is this hype about the Dermalogica daily microfoliant. A very good exfoliant is the amore pacific enzyme peel, you’ll like it better.

  3. Loved this, I’m on the hunt for both a good morning cleanser which isn’t too heavy and something to use in conjunction/instead of my trusty Bioderma, so definitely gonna be checking out your recommendations 🙂 xx

    1. Thank you so much for your feedback Louise.
      The Murad one is an excellent gentle version for both of those tasks.
      I would also recommend Cetaphil as well. A nice basic cleanser that has slowly made it’s way to my routine this last week. It’s very mild and come at a fraction of the cost cos it’s a drugstore product. The texture though is something I am trying to get used to >.< It feels soo odd on my face! haha

  4. Hi Michelle! Thank you for this post! It’s extremely helpful and quite informative. 🙂

    I’ve wanted to try anything from SK2 but ugh, everything’s just so darn expensive! I only use Shu Uemura’s cleansing oil and I love it! I’ve also tried using MAC Cleansing Wipes before. It’s nice, but I think cleansing oils just do the job better, you know?

  5. I wish we could get Bioderma here in the US!!! I don’t trust Amazon or Ebay for makeup/skincare products. Too paranoid about counterfeits! I saw where Lancome has made a micellar water cleanser. Have you tried it? I use the Fresh cleanser also. I only use my clarisonic at night, as I think it makes my redness worse using it twice a day (using the sensitive brush). I just got the new Cashmere luxury brush that is supposed to be even more gentle, so we shall see! So enjoy your blog Michelle!

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