I Tried 5 Different Cleansers – There Were Some Surprise Keepers!

A few weeks ago I wrote about how I suddenly decided that in my late twenties, I should care about my skin more. In that post, I mentioned how I would be trying out a few things.

Over the last year my skin has suddenly become combination skin. All my life I was fully Sahara dry and now my skin has decided to get oily in my T-zone resulting in visible pores and a bunch of breakouts. Which means that I needed to trial some products to combat this issue. This is part one of three and covers the cleansing products I tried along with some thoughts about how each worked. None of these are sponsored, it’s just my honest opinion.

Cleansers

 
Image: Ulta Beauty

Image: Ulta Beauty

Image: Ulta Beauty

Image: Ulta Beauty

 

I learnt about double cleansing by reading this article on the Korean skincare routine. We all know, the Koreans are onto something with their skincare routines. So I decided to start incorporating double cleansing into my own routine. OH. MY GAWD. Where do I begin with this cleanser? My dry skin liked the cleansing oil but loved loved loved the cleansing balm. The balm’s consistency is similar to lightly melted Vaseline. It also feels that way when you apply it but it turns into a lovely oil that DESTROYS all makeup including the waterproof stuff. If you’re afraid of oil, don’t worry this rinses clean and leaves your face feeling moisturized and ready for your next cleanser.

 
Image: Depop

Image: Depop

 

This year’s Sephora Beauty Insider birthday gift is Drunk Elephant’s Jelly Cleanser and Protini Polypeptide Cream. I was super excited to choose this gift because if you’re anything like me and consume an insane amount of beauty media, you know that all the beauty bloggers, derms and their mothers love the Drunk Elephant line. I wasn’t wowed by the DE Beste Jelly Cleanser. It had the same consistency as my Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser but left my skin feeling to squeaky and a little too dry. This is the second miss in the DE line but I chat Protini and a few other Drunk Elephant products in my later trial posts.

Toners

Toner is one of those products I hadn’t used since high school. Back then my Clean and Clear astringent stripped my skin of all moisture but also zapped any zits that thought they would try and make an appearance. I was pleasantly surprised to learn how different toner is now. Given my combo skin, I tried a few different Western and K-beauty options. I realized that toner is not for my skin. My skin doesn’t like it and honestly, I saw no visible changes. In fact, while I was using toner I had the most breakouts I’ve ever had at once. I introduced everything slowly and once I stopped using toner my skin cleared up. So toners are a big 👎🏾👎🏾👎🏾for me.

Final Thoughts 

I’m keeping my beloved Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser in rotation but I bought a full size of the Clinique Cleansing Balm because my skin adored it and so did I. It’s great for travel, melts away all makeup and leaves my skin happy. As for the toners, no thanks. I may still experiment with acid based toners to see how I feel about those. If I do, I’ll update this post to let you know how my skin likes an acid.

Which cleaners are you crushing on right now?