Wednesday, 22 February 2017

I Ditched Face Wipes And My Skin's Never Been Better

Today I want to talk to you about my face. 

For a number of years I removed my makeup every evening using face wipes. It required minimum effort and suited my CBA attitude towards beauty perfectly. But then something pretty rubbish happened. I started to get these really dry patches of skin on my forehead and between my eyebrows. They were pink, dry and bumpy - and itched like hell. When the winter months came, the problem would become exacerbated and I became pretty upset with the way my face looked. I couldn't cover the dry patches with makeup because it seemed to make them spread even more and become even more aggravated. So I had to go around with a pink, crusty forehead. FIT. 

I tried changing my moisturiser and shampoo, drinking more water, eating better, etc etc. The one thing, however, that seemed to make an impact was when I gave up using face wipes and began to clean my face properly - with actual water.

Face wipes, it seems, are pretty naff if you have sensitive skin. When you use them, residue is left behind on your face, as well as grime that hasn't properly been removed. According to dermatologist Dr Craig Kraffert, the residue that's left behind exposes your skin to high concentrations of cleansing agents that can dry and irritate it. In addition to that, the wiping motion may also cause aggravation as wipes are more abrasive than water. 

I'm just going to throw this out there, I believe my crusty forehead was down to using face wipes, mainly because when I gave them up my face returned to normal. Funnily enough, a friend of mine was having a similar problem and, when I mentioned that I'd given up face wipes, she tried it too. A few weeks later she told me that her dry skin was on the mend. Coincidence? I think not. 

So, in the absence of face wipes, what should we be washing our wonderful faces with? I'm a huge fan of Emma Hardie's 'Amazing Face' cleansing balm. When I moved to London, I suffered another bout of bad skin which I put down to being exposed to a lot more pollution. My Clinique face wash didn't seem to be helping, so I decided to try something new - and that something was Emma Hardie's *wonder* balm, which has helped to put some moisture back into Crumble Ville. I've been using the cleansing balm for a year now and my skin has never felt better. The product is quite oily in texture, but those oils sink into your skin and make it silky smooth.  

'Amazing Face' Moringa cleansing balm by Emma Hardie, £38 from Space NK

Nowadays, my face-washing routine consists of scooping a bit of balm onto my hand, adding a tiny bit of water to it, lathering it over my face (doing a nice little massage as I go), and then using a warm cloth (which came with the cleanser) to wipe it all away. Afterwards, my face feels dreamily soft.

The cleanser contains Moringa seed extract, wild sea fennel and vitamin E to 'balance, purify and help to minimise the appearance of open pores'; orange, neroli and mandarin extracts to 'rejuvenate and revitalise'; and jasmine, cedarwood and rose to 'recondition dull, dry, dehydrated and mature skin'. It's pretty costly compared to other cleansers I've used - it costs £38 - but for the sake of having a nice, smooth face it's totally worth it. Also a pot of the stuff lasts me about half a year, which equates to about £6 per month. 

My skin is by no means perfect - as you can see from the pics above, I have blemishes around my nose and small spots on my chin - but the crispy, rashes of yesteryear have been banished (hopefully for good). So if there's one thing I'd recommend in 2017, it's to give the face wipes a miss and try something else instead. After all, you and your face are in it for the long haul.

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  1. I did chuckle at crumble ville. I'm the same though, my skin is really sensitive and I found that if I used face wipes it'd go dry. Tbh I'm pretty awful with skincare nowadays and just use baby lotion to take everything off! xx

  2. I've only just started using proper cleanser and toner from Clarins at the grand age of 24 and my skin is sooo much better! I think I've finally cleansed away the make up I as wearing in 2007.
    Liking the sound of this cleansing balm though! Sounds like a dream! x

  3. Oh gosh - cleansing is a mind field 'eh. It's one of those thing you don't pay so much attention to because it's done so speedily. I always recommend washing skin after cleansing, even when using no-wash cleansers like face wipes and micellar water. There's no good that can come from left on cleansing ingredients! That's fact!

  4. Before you consider what fixings you will need to utilize, you should remember that each individual's skin is unique. Not all things work for all individuals. You may have sleek or dry skin. Find what works best for you, and you will be happy with the outcomes by the day's end. Ana


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