Confession: Until recently, I rarely washed my face before bed.
Okay, I never washed my face before bed.
Ever since I started wearing make up, I usually took the time to remove my eye makeup but nothing else. I had heard that removing makeup before bed was important for your skin’s health and to prevent aging. I tried to wash my face. I hated it. I hated the time it took, how I seemed to get water everywhere. I hated splashing water on my face.
I saved face washing for in the showers only. Which meant my face only got washed once a day.
Overall, I have good skin. Despite struggling as a teen with acne, I rarely break out now. As an adult, I always had clogged pores and blackheads, most of which was only noticeable to me. Skincare wasn’t a huge concern for me so I had little motivation to deep clean my face.
Fast forward to today. Every night, before going to bed, I use MAC Cleanse Off Oil to remove all of my makeup. This includes the use of water. Being splashed on my face. And I LOVE it.
As a huge fan of many beauty bloggers/vloggers, I noticed a trend of cleansing oils and balms. Particularly Fleur De Force’s post about Cleansing Balms. I read this post about a year ago and I was intrigued. I wasn’t, however, going to pay $40 + dollars on something to wash my face.
I was willing to pay $9 and give the Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Balm a whirl. I bought the tin container and started using it. I really liked it. I liked that the first step was to massage the oil into your skin, and then remove it with water. I’m not sure why, using water at the end of the cleansing was much more appealing than using it twice.
The downside to the Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Balm was that I went through my tin very quickly. In fact, it lasted just over a month. I decided going to the mall every month and spending $9 wasn’t for me. I wanted something more accessible, something that lasted longer than a month.
In addition, I decided to look for a Cleansing Oil instead of a Balm. I didn’t like dipping my hand in the same tin everyday. It just screamed bacteria growth to me.
Quite soon after, I discovered Garnier Clean + Nourshing Cleansing Oil from Samantha Schuerman’s Review. Although it was a sponsored post, I do agree with most of Sam’s reviews and decided to give it a try. The Cleansing Oil was great except for one thing: the scent. I hated it. I hated it so much that I decided to return it.
Back to the drawing board.
I wanted to find a product that was effective, long-lasting and not too pricey. I had become addicted to the nightly massage and was serious about finding a product that worked for me. I started going through my favorite bloggers once again and found Tati’s video on her nighttime routine. In her video, she used MAC Cleanse Off Oil. Coming in at $31, the MAC Cleanse Off Oil was a bit more money then I wanted to spend. I was nervous I would have the same situation I did with the Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Balm and I was afraid I would go through a bottle a month. Not quite ready to give up $31, I opted for the travel size, which is $10. (Still quite a bit of money, but less of a risk).
To my surprise, I loved that little bottle. I loved the scent, the slight citrus smell. I loved the feeling on my skin, and how it effectively removed all of my makeup. And, I loved that the little 1oz bottle lasted almost a month. In September 2014, I bought the regular 5oz bottle and I am happy to say it has lasted until this week. I am just about out of my first bottle and repurchased another bottle today. (I use two pumps a day, and I’ve used it every day).
And my skin? The best it’s ever been. While I’m starting to deal with sun spots and other side effects of being almost 30, my pores are not longer clogged and I rarely break out. Win Win.
What Cleansing Oils/ Balms do you enjoy?
A few notes:
- I sometimes use an additional eye makeup remover if I have quite a bit of mascara or eyeliner on.
- How I use it:
- First pump: massage all over my face, except for eyes. Gently rub eyebrows last.
- Second pump: massage gently into my eyes.
- Wet hands, massage face again, concentrating on the eyes. I will do this step multiple times. (Note: the oil will turn into a milky substance with water).
- Final step: Gently splash water on my face until the milky substance is gone.