Make-up Masterclass Cleanser
Paddy McGurgan is one of NI’s best-known beauty experts and over the coming weeks he’ll tell you all you need to know about the latest make-up techniques
Now that colder weather is really starting to set in, it is important not to overlook your skincare routine. In particular, focus on your cleanser because it is the product which will break down any dirt, make-up and excess oils that the skin builds up throughout the day. Here I reveal which cleansers are my favourite and the skin types they suit best.
CHECKS AND BALANCES
For those of you who love an exfoliant in your cleanser to ensure all make-up is removed, there is only one that I would use: Balance Me’s Cleanse and Smooth Balm, £20, Make up Pro Store. This beautiful balm polishes skin and adds radiance. A trio of shea, mango and cocoa butters, which are rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins, plump and nourish the skin. Oat powder gently exfoliates, whilst the antioxidant powers of arctic cloudberry protect and hydrate. Virgin coconut oil and may chang have impressive anti-bacterial properties. The cleanser’s exfoliant is very gentle and is able to buff dead skin and remove excess dirt — and it is a most effective make-up remover. It’s a hero product for me on a busy day in the store!
ZERO IN ON ORIGINS
It is often thought that anyone with oily or combination skin is unable to use a rich cleanser as this can affect the pH balance of the skin, but the standard of the cosmetics industry has well and truly skyrocketed in recent times. There are several oil-free cleansers that have been developed to ensure that anyone with oily or combination skin is able to get a thorough cleanse without added moisture or oil. One example of this is Origins Zero Oil Deep Pore Cleanser, £16.50. This product cleanses pores thoroughly and works deep to remove excess oil, make-up and impurities whilst leaving skin shine-free. It also gently exfoliates away dead skin cells that clog pores and cause breakouts.
If you find your skin sensitive to the signs of colder weather, then you need to invest in something that will clean the skin without causing any harm or irritation. Try Aveeno Skin Relief with Cooling Menthol, £7.50, Boots. Inflamed skin is often painfully itchy, too — the colloidal oatmeal in this rich balm will help to comfort, while cooling menthol will soothe the accompanying burn.
TEST THE WATER
For a day-to-day gentle cleanser, or for using around the eye area, try Garnier Micellair Water, £3.33. This product facilitates an easy way to remove make-up, soothe and hydrate the face, eye area, and lips, in one step. Like a magnet, the cleansing agents capture and lift away dirt from the skin. There’s no need to rub to remove impurities and make-up. However, I personally do not find this effective as a standalone cleanser, as it is a water-based cleanser and only an oil or cream-based product will be able to rid the skin of all impurities.