Cleansing is something I consider a bit of a chore especially with a face full of makeup. Partially down to cleansers not really fully cleansing the heavy duty stuff. I’m seriously lazy when it comes to multi-step cleansing, but the alternative of destroying fluffy white towels and pillowcases with waterproof mascara remnants is getting old fast. Last week I got to try out a skincare brand that to be honest, hadn’t been on my radar at all. Vivderma Comforting Gelee Cleanser is a little pot of gooey goodness that removes all.
Initially I was a little skeptical about the almost sticky consistency of the gellee cleanser, but only after using did I realise that’s actually where the genius of this cleanser lies. Unlike most cleansers, you massage a small amount onto dry skin and then add water to transform the gel consistency into a cleansing milk and rinse with warm water. The scent is right up my alley, with a combination of Jasmine and Neroli essential oils adding a little spa-like quality (which is where this brand began) and lovely before bed. This is one of the only cleansers I’ve ever used that can completely remove a heavy smoky eye in one felt swoop. Impressively quick when you’ve stayed up watching TV after midnight on a school night and your duvet is calling….
Next we tone. Toning is making a welcome return to skincare, partially thanks to the influence of very thorough Korean inspired skincare routines and partially down to a better understanding of skincare in general. Once upon a time I though toners main purpose was to remove cleanser residue, which there really is little if any of with Vivderma Comforting Gelee Cleanser. In actual fact, toner is a little secret weapon in itself, restoring your skins PH balance, closing pores post-cleanse and even removing chlorine from tap water.
Last year cult apothecary brand Kiehl’s launched their Calendula Herbal Extract Toner, and I'm a big fan since. Alcohol free, so there’s no harsh drying effect on the skin, the Calendula oil extract from the Marigold flower is perfect for oily or sensitive skin. This one’s actually a great all-rounder for most skintypes, with Great Burdock for drier skin types and Allantoin which acts as a natural anti-inflammatory agent. You can’t really ask much more of a toner!
Finally prep! This may be considered an extra unnecessary step when bed looms, but it’s the best for maximising all the good stuff in whatever serum, moisturizer and eye creams you lather on next. Indeed Labs Hydraluron is a product we talk about a lot, and with good reason. This moisture boosting formula is laced with hyaluronic acid (scarier than it sounds, it’s actually naturally occurring in the body) which can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. This provide below-the-surface hydration while boosting the effect of serums and moisturisers applied afterwards. It also increases your skins elasticity and texture.
Three minutes, three products to squeaky clean and prepped skin. Follow with a slathering of your serum/ moisturizer/facial oil of the minute and you are ready for bed safe in the knowledge that you’ll be awakening to fresh, plumper skin and zero panda-eyes on your pillow case. Squeeky clean sweet dreams!
Vivderma Comforting Gelee Cleanser* is priced €40 and available from their website.
Kiehl’s Calendula Toner* is priced €40.50 and available from Kiehl’s stores.
Indeed Labs Hydraluron is priced €32.99 and available from larger Boots stores.
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