My top 6 face cleansers for 2016

August 10, 2016

Keen to refresh your skincare routine? Well, you’ve come to the right place. I love a good pampering and over the years, I have collected many cleansers, scrubs, exfoliators, toners and wipes. Now it’s time to pick my top 6 for 2016.

My obsession with skin care began in high school when I battled with frequent break outs and very noticeable pigmentation. If it wasn’t a huge zit on my chin, it was the freckles on my cheeks and nose that were a bother. I tried every three-step cleansing system on the planet (does anyone even use the Clean&Clear products anymore??) and had little luck.

Now in my somewhat mature years, I have learned to love my skin… with a little help from my favourite foundation and concealer to give me a helping hand.

Along with growing to be comfortable with what I have, I’ve also discovered a skin care routine which I’m finally satisfied with!

The products I love can be used on a range of skin types. I’m very fortunate to have combination/normal skin so it’s rare for me to break out in a rash or have any type of adverse reaction to a product. In the instances when it has happened, I promptly stopped using the product and I advise you all to do the same!

Listed below are my top 6 cleansing products. Read on to find out why!

Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub – Lush



Ocean salt face and body scrub

This amazing scrub is definitely in my top three! It holds an incredible ‘just went for a dip in the ocean‘ vibe with it’s sea salt flakes to scrub and invigorate the skin. Adding to the island feel, the scrub cleanses with lime and grapefruit juices and washes off with a moisturising and calming avocado and violet. I use this scrub on my face a few times a week and since I started, I’ve noticed a huge difference! The sea salt really attacks your spots and zits and ensures your skin is clear and refreshed!

Vitamin C Glow Boosting Microdermabrasion – The Body Shop

The Body Shop Microdermabration vitamin C scrub

This scrub feels like no other product I have EVER tried! The super fine sand-like texture cleanses, exfoliates and rejuvenates the skin to leave you with a just-had-a-facial feeling. It may sound rough but this scrub buffs away old skin without leaving you red or itchy. It also contains Amazonian camu camu berry which holds the highest content of Vitamin C in nature.

Enlighten Ultra Brightening Cleanser – Neostrata

Neostrata ultra brightening cleanser

If you want to treat your pigmentation, then this Neostrata range may be for you. The creamy soap-free and paraben-free cleanser brightens your skin and helps reduce dark spots. It contains a substance called NeoGlucosamine, a non-acid amino sugar which treats pigmentation and surface cells for bright even skin tone. I wouldn’t recommend this for sensitive skin but if you wan’t to minimise your pigmentation definitely give it a go!

Micellar Makeup Remover – Swisse

Swisse micellar makeup remover

I was curious about trying micellar water after all the hype from beauty bloggers and social media. After getting this for free in a goodie bag, I was pleasantly surprised. This is definitely a lazy girl’s dream to removing a days worth of makeup! Micellar water first became popular in Paris when the chic women of France wanted something gentle to cleanse their face that was quick and easy. They discovered micellar water – a substance that pulls away the makeup and dirt off your face without the need to rinse after wards! If it’s good enough for the French, it’s good enough for me.

Cleansing Facial Wipes – Simple

Simple kind to skin cleansing wipes

Out of all the facial wipes I have used, these always come out on top. Not only are they super affordable (and pretty much always on sale, thank you Priceline!!), these wipes are great for sensitive skin. The Simple wipes stay moist right until the end and have a subtle mild scent. I begin by removing my foundation and powder products and save the eye makeup removal for last.

Regenerist Advanced Cleansing System – Olay

Olay regenerist cleanserOlay regenerist brush cleanser

After reading all the online buzz about many cleansing systems, like the Clarisonic, I decided to give one a try. Spending over $100 on one of these guys didn’t appeal to me, so while on my regular trip to Priceline, I picked up the Olay Regenerist Advanced Cleansing System. This device came with two batteries, instructions manual and a mini tube of an Olay cleansing wash. I have been using this device for a few weeks now and I can already notice smoother, clearer skin. It is super easy to use, portable and convenient. You can even use it in the shower for a deeper clean. If you are after a cheaper option for a battery powered cleansing brush, I recommend starting out with this one.

Do you have a great skincare routine? I’d love to hear from you!