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

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - BEAUTY & FITNESS -

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.


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!


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.


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.

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