This month I’ve decided to make a change to my skincare routine. For me, it’s quite a big step as my skin is very sensitive and there are a lot of products that my face “doesn’t like”. I’d been used to using makeup wipes to quickly remove makeup at the end of each day but, having thought about it, they didn’t usually make my face feel particularly clean. I’ve read about the benefits of using cleansing milk and micellar water as an alternative, as the products lift makeup off the face rather than feeling like it’s being rubbed back into the skin.
With this in mind, I wanted to try out these types of makeup removers from a brand that I already rely on. La Roche-Posay’s range of skincare is one that I love, as last year I found one of their moisturisers that’s kind to my skin. So, as I can already trust them, I decided to have a go with a couple of their makeup removing products, and I now have a three step skincare routine using three products.
Firstly, I tried out La Roche-Posay’s Sensitive Cleansing Milk (RRP £12.00) as an intial makeup remover and cleanser all in one. I really did underestimate the power that this product has to remove even the thickest layers of makeup from my face! Any makeup that I’d used on my face was taken off in one sweep without a huge amount of product being used. My skin really did feel smooth after I’d used the cleansing milk, and my pores didn’t feel clogged like they used to with makeup wipes. My only negative is that the milk isn’t ideal for removing eye makeup (I do stick to wipes for this), but it’s made a huge difference to how clean my skin feels and I will happily continue to remove any makeup on my face in this way.
Next, I tried another makeup remover that doubles up as an excellent toner – La Roche-Posay’s Sensitive Micellar Water (RRP £12.00). Another product that’s ideal for my sensitive skin, this micellar water works well after using the cleansing milk. I find that it lifts off any makeup that may still be on my face, acting as a double check to ensure my face really is completely clean. As well as this, the micellar water tones the skin after the first cleanse, leaving my skin feeling refreshed. Again, I personally found it difficult to remove eye makeup with this product and it stung my eyes a little. However, for my skin this is the perfect product and I much prefer using this on my face as opposed to makeup wipes.
The last step in my skincare routine is moisturising, and for this I use La Roche Posay’s Effaclar Duo+ (RRP £16.00). I think that the price of this product really does reflect its quality, as up until I started using it I’d never found a moisturiser that was right for my skin. Whilst the product is described as a “blemish treatment”, I’m happy to use it as a moisturiser as it works to combat areas of dry skin and does make my skin feel softer. Since I began using it, my skin has improved significantly and I rarely have breakouts. Any blemishes that do appear are quickly reduced and clear in no time and that’s thanks to the Effaclar Duo+. For me, this product is the best I’ve found in recent years and I can see just what a difference it has made to my skin.
As a combination, these three products work brilliantly to cleanse, tone and moisturise the skin in a way that is kind to sensitive skin like mine. The two makeup removing products were definitely a worthy investment for me and I will happily carry on using them instead of makeup wipes. The only area that I find these products don’t cover is exfoliating the t-zone (nose and chin) area of my face. For this, I’m going to try La Roche Posay’s Sensitive Ultra Fine Scrub (RRP £9.99), perhaps two or three times a week, to see if this makes a difference. I’ll keep you posted!