Last month I made a few promises to myself that some people call resolutions, but I like to think of as self-improvement intentions. These are a far milder version of a resolution because I hate to disappoint myself with resolutions I can’t keep. (I tend to be a slacker, what can I say?)
One of these self-improvement intentions is to honor my rituals. And by rituals, I really mean any task that I do on a regular basis. I call them rituals to give them more meaning: a ceremony of sorts. I mean, doesn’t “I need to honor my nighttime ritual” sound so much more grandiose and formal (and therefore make you more willing to actually DO IT) than “yeah I guess I should wash my face but I’m super tired and a little dirt never hurt anyone…”
In honor of honoring my rituals, here are five of my favorite facial cleansers that are part of my most essential morning and nighttime rituals:
Effaclar Medicated Gel Cleanser ($14.99) This is the face wash that I most often repurchase at my local CVS. It targets excess oil and leaves my skin squeaky clean without being tight or dry. Even thought this gel cleanser has 2% salicylic acid to help with breakouts, the formula is really mild and suitable for sensitive skin.
Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel ($24.00) While this gel cleanser is probably my most favorite daytime cleanser, it’s not readily available on the island where I live so when I run out I need to order it online. This slight inconvenience means I don’t use it as often as I might otherwise. What I love about this formula is the papaya and grapefruit extracts that contain exfoliating AHAs. These natural acids help prevent buildup that clogs pores and causes blackheads and breakouts. Also, it comes in mini sizes which is super convenient for travel.
Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash ($6.50) For the price you really can’t beat Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash. The hypoallergenic formula of this face wash is super gentle and removes dirt and oil without stripping skin. It’s great for removing eye makeup as it won’t sting eyes. I keep one at the sink and in the shower.
Dermalogica Precleanse ($38.00) So this isn’t really a cleanser, but I especially like to use Dermalogica Precleanse as part of my nighttime ritual prior to cleanser. This is great for removing waterproof mascara, sunblock and any surface oil and dirt that builds up on your face throughout the day. To use, massage into dry skin to breakdown makeup and impurities. Wet hands and continue massaging to create a lightweight, milky emulsion. Rinse clean and then wash face with regular cleanser as usual.
Fresh Soy Face Cleanser ($38.00) Several years ago I couldn’t tolerate this face wash because I didn’t like the scent but I’ve warmed up to it over the years. Maybe they reformulated or maybe my nose is less sensitive to the fragrance but I’m totally into this face wash now. The rosewater and cucumber extracts are soothing and balancing and I love how it leaves my skin feeling super supple without leaving a residue.