Everyone seems to have their own method and routine to cleansing and I recently tried the most common methods including one that I recently discovered and am currently raving about!
Some methods I tried include gentle facial massage, washcloth, cleansing brush, and a cleansing technique I picked up from Caroline @ Beauty Mouth.com that I found to be the most helpful to my skin, but also the most hardcore of the lot. You can see an in depth explanation on her blog of that technique – here.
First off, gentle facial massage is a pretty popular cleansing technique and although everyone seems to have their own ways in which they massage, it usually involves gentle upward strokes with your fingertips during cleansing. I enjoy this method as a means of relaxation midway through my work week. Although it’s not the most effective way to cleanse, it’s definitely the most relaxing.
The washcloth method is pretty old school and is what my mom does – warm washcloth – and go. You basically just give your face a bit of a scrub with the washcloth and remove your makeup with it in the process.
Cleansing brushes are the latest in beauty cleansing tools, ranging from the ultra expensively chic Clarisonic ($100-$200) to the lower end Pro X Olay Brush ($30) and even hand held manual cleansing brushes which are pretty cheap ($5-$10). The clarisonic has gotten mostly rave reviews while the Pro X Olay Brush has loads of mixed reviews. Manual cleansing brushes seem to be a love it/hate it type situation.
For me, I’ve tried them all and I can honestly say that it’s a toss up between my Clarisonic and Caroline @ Beauty Mouth’s cleansing method.
Facial massages are nice, but Caroline’s is really the most effective method I’ve tried other than going to a certified facialist (which she is and it’s awesome!). The whole washcloth thing as a standalone method never stuck with me for some reason. I guess the idea of just rubbing my face with a cloth like that just sort of bothers me, but if you’re into that, more power to you! Just make sure you replace your washcloths every time!
As for cleansing brushes, I love my Clarisonic, but I hated the Pro X and all the manual brushes I tried. Manual brushes feel too harsh for your face and are often poor brush quality while the Pro X felt super cheap in build quality and spun at an average speed with no variation, but I noticed if the battery was dying it would spin SUPER slow which kind of defeated the purpose for me. Not only that, but since it takes batteries, it’s not very economical or green.
If you’re considering going with a cleansing brush, I would definitely invest in a Clarisonic. I know they aren’t cheap, but they really work great and they do all the hard work for you so if you’re the type of person who hates to waste time washing your face, a Clarisonic would be a great investment.
Lastly, there is the ultra intensive cleansing method from Beauty Mouth which I have been experimenting with this past week that I absolutely love. My Clarisonic is great for the days when I’m tired and I know I have to clean my face, but I don’t want to put too much thought into it. The cleansing method from Beauty Mouth, on the other hand, is definitely a little more hardcore and requires a bit more thought. It involves using your hands sitting in a certain position with your knuckles directly against your face (see Beauty Mouth for an image of what your hands should look like!) and kneading your knuckles gently, but rather intensely in upward motions around your face. I know, it sounds kind of barbaric at first, but it REALLY works and it kind of blows your mind.
This method is meant to bring blood flowing to your face in order to cleansing your pores and slough off dead skin cells. I could actually feel other breakouts that hadn’t even sprouted on my face yet, but were underneath the skin. It brought blackheads to the surface for easy extraction and, in the morning, my face looked great! I really recommend trying this method of cleansing at least once as I really enjoyed the results and am planning to integrate this method into my cleansing routine a couple of times a week. I don’t think it would be necessary to do every day, but 1-3 times a week may do your skin some good!
Other than the methods of cleansing, I would definitely recommend a good cleansing oil. They’re perfect for all skin types and they don’t irritate or dry your skin out, but instead leave your skin moisturized and glowing. I offer an organic cleansing oil in my Storybook Apothecary Etsy Shop which you can check out – here.
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