As most of you probably know, I recently started taking Accutane in a last ditch effort to help my acne situation. If you’re familiar with Accutane, you know that it is known for drying out pretty much everyone’s skin. Knowing this, I came to the party prepared! I wanted to be using only skincare items that were best suited for dry, sensitive skin even before starting the medicine. I have found that there are 4 cleansers that I’ve been rotating between and I actually really enjoy them all! Perhaps best of all my skin, though it is drier, has yet to become flaky or uncomfortable! So, in an effort to share what little knowledge I may possess, I thought I would share my finds with you!
1. Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser
This is what I would consider a cream cleanser that comes in a convenient and sanitary (and I believe airless) pump. Gotta love a pump! You apply it to dry skin (aka no water on the skin prior to the cleanser though it will work if your face is damp too). I simply pump out maybe a nickel-sized amount, smear it around my face, add a bit of water and massage it into the skin. This doesn’t foam or lather, but more turns to a slightly milky texture. After about a minute of rubbing the cleanser around, I simply rinse it off with water – you can use a damp washcloth too which I have done a few times, but find it a bit of a hassle. The washcloth helps with gentle exfoliation though! The cleanser does leave a bit of a, I don’t want to call it residue because it’s not really, but you do feel kind of a soothing barrier over your skin. Once I add my other skincare products – mainly oils and moisturizer – I don’t notice any trace of it, but it is not the kind of cleanser that leaves the skin feeling squeaky clean. Clean yes, just not that stripped of all hydration kind of clean. It is absolutely gentle, soothing and I would say it would work for a lot of different skin types. It’s not the most hydrating, but it’s not going to leave skin parched and dried out either. It’s a lovely cleanser that is considered natural as well as vegan and it’s lovely! As far as makeup removal, I feel like it might remove light makeup, but nothing too heavy. I haven’t tried it for that function yet.
2. Osea Ocean Cleanser
This cleanser I actually received a while ago in a Petit Vour Box and had just kind of forgotten about it. I started using this on days where I would completely forget about cleansing before splashing my face with water and I am so glad I tried it because I really enjoy it! This leaves more of a “squeaky-clean” feeling than the Pai Cleanser but it also doesn’t leave the skin feeling at all tight or overly stripped, if that makes sense. I guess I would call it an almost gel consistency and again it has a nice pump, though this one is not airless. It is recommended for use on damp skin so I first wet my face and then apply maybe 3 pumps (this is the mini size so I probably use a dime to nickel sized blob), smear it around and rinse. This also does not foam up. It doesn’t really get milk either, but it definitely cleans. I haven’t tried removing makeup with this, but it claims that it works for that too. I believe this is also a natural cleanser and it is also vegan!
3. Little Barn Apothecary Blue Yarrow & Geranium Cleansing Oil
This is yet another sample from Petit Vour that came at such a perfect time! I actually love cleansing oils so I was excited to try this one out. Yet again this has a pump (it’s a mini size as well) and I find that one to two pumps is usually sufficient to cleanse my skin. I apply it to dry skin, add just a bit of water – I’ll usually run my hands under water kind of shake the excess water off – and then just massage the water and oil together to create a slightly milky consistency. Much like the Pai Cleanser, I do this for about a minute and then rinse well with water. Again, a washcloth will help with light exfoliation, but I typically don’t bother. This oil cleanser does not leave the skin feeling greasy, oily or otherwise not clean. I find my skin feels very comfortable, clean and well hydrated when using this cleaner. In fact, of all of these cleansers, I believe this feels the most hydrating. I still feel even oilier skin types could use this, though perhaps not best for daytime use in those cases. I haven’t tried removing makeup with this yet (I always use a separate cleansing balm first for makeup and forget that some of these would be great dual-purpose cleansers), but I think it would do a fantastic job! This is yet another all natural and vegan cleanser so yea!!!
4. Derma E Nourishing Rose Cleansing Oil
Last but not least, we have this rose scented cleansing oil. The scent is subtle and the only thing rose about this cleanser. It is basically just a blend of jojoba and argan oils which blend into a lovely cleanser for most skin types. The oils in this cleanser are a bit lighter than that of the Little Barn Apothecary by which I mean it’s not as “heavy” or hydrating. That’s not to say that this isn’t hydrating because it absolutely is! I would say this cleanser would be truly great for all skin types, where the Little Barn Apothecary version is probably more suited to drier skin types. Again, I take maybe 1-2 pumps on dry skin, add a touch of water, massage in and rinse. The skin is left feeling soft and hydrated without being greasy or feeling too heavy. It’s absolutely beautiful! Unlike the rest of these, I have remembered to try this for makeup removal and it works brilliantly! It took care of everything – foundation, mascara, bold lip colors. No problem! Another truly wonderful cleansing oil that I feel would work for pretty much everyone. And again, it is natural and vegan!!!
I really cannot pick a favorite among these cleansers. I feel like they’re all fantastic and they’ve all been working well for my skin. I would say the drier your skin, the more you would probably prefer the Little Barn Apothecary Blue Yarrow & Geranium Cleansing Oil most (though all seem acceptable to me!). The oiler your skin, the better Osea’s Ocean Cleanser probably suits you. For a one-size-fits-all-skin-types cleanser, I’d recommend the Derma E Nourishing Rose Cleansing Oil or the Pai Camilla & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleaners depending on the consistency you prefer. As for sensitive skin, I feel as though all are great! My bottom line? I love them all and they’re all working wonderfully for my suddenly much drier, more sensitive skin! Yea! Let us know what your favorite cleanser is as well as your skin type. I’d be curious to know! Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon!!!