September 07, 2012

Guest Post - "Cleanse and repeat: top 3 cleansers"

Today we have a guest post from Sarirah. Sarirah is a 21 year old skincare junkie who loves to ramble about all things beauty over at Pretty Not Included. She is a full time computer science student, excessive tea drinker and cat lady who could happily talk for hours about skincare without getting bored. Over to you Sarirah!

"I'll let you in on a little secret. For me, taking off my makeup is a lot more exciting than putting it on. As a self proclaimed skincare junkie, I enjoy mixing up the bag with my skincare routine and one of my favourite elements to exchange are cleansers! So, if you're interested, grab a cup of tea (or coffee) and have a read of my ramblings on my favourite cleansers.
L/R Etat Pur Purifying Micellar Cleansing Water, REN ClearCalm3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser, Elemis Melting Cleansing Gel

1. REN ClearCalm3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser
This cleanser is tailored to blemish prone skin, aiming to purifying, soothe and absorb excess oil in the skin. I use one pump on barely damp hands and gently massage onto a dry face. Make sure you bring it up to the hair line and get it in all around the nose to help unclog the pores. It's also best to use upward motions so as not to drag and pull the skin down. Swiping this cleanser over your eyebrows gives it somewhat of a little conditioning too which is nice.
You can remove this however you please; muslin cloths, water etc. Personally, I like to use a small facial sponge which gives the opportunity for a little extra exfoliation. REN Skincare products also contain NO parabens, sulphates, silicones or other nasties which will do your skin a world of good, especially if it's quite sensitive.

My favourite bio extracts to mention are Mayblossom which tones enlarged pores and Manuka extract which soothes the skin and any red patches.

REN Muslin Cloths

2. Elemis Melting Gel Cleanser

This is a cleanser suitable for all skin types and as someone with oily skin at times, I was recommended this. It's quite a nourishing and moisturising cleanser that leaves my skin feeling very soft and not stripped of oils. When we strip away all the oils in our skin using harsher cleansers and toners (especially ones that contain a substantial amount of alcohol) it just encourages the skin to product more oil and in turn, you're back to square one.

Argan oilrice silk and rosemary leaf are three main extracts in this cleanser and help to purfiying my skin whilst keeping it balanced. This cleanser applies as a gel to dry skin and washes off as a creamy and refreshing milk. Due to this interesting change of state I find that it's easier to remove just using hands and water. It also smells lovely; slightly sweet and floral.

3. Etat Pur Purifying Micellar Cleansing Water
I am an avid believer in the benefits of double cleansing and when I first started I was shocked at how much daily grime and makeup is actually still chilling out on your face after the first cleanse. This Etat Pur cleanser is great for that first step of the double cleanse. With a few cotton pads you can remove the majority of your makeup with this easily and then just let it dry. This will then allow you to use a second cleanser that's better suited for your skin type and you can actually work it into the skin and gain the benefits from the ingredients it contains.

Although, this particular cleansing water is aimed at blemish prone skin, their original one is just as good in my opinion. For a French skincare brand, Etat Pur is easily available in the UK and is relatively inexpensive. One of those products you can stock up on without feeling guilty. ;)

It would be easy for me to keep going but you've probably finished your cuppa by now. There are a ton of other amazing cleansers on the market but it's worth taking your time and choosing one that's right for you! "
Thank you Sarirah for your very informative post. All the products sound amazing, and I'm not even a skincare junkie!
If you'd like to read more from Sarirah don't forget to head over to her BLOG or like her FACEBOOK page. 


  1. I'm someone with blemish prone skin so found this post so helpful. Thank you.

  2. i like elemis melting gel.sounds like my kinda cleanser.great post

  3. Haven't tried any of these, my hg cleanser is Fresh farmacy by lush :)



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