I was a late developer on the skincare front – only taking it remotely seriously when I got to around 28, and read in magazines that I should already be doing my utmost to slow the ageing process before it was (shock horror) too late. Since then, I've amassed several shelves of lotions, creams and the like. I have a fairly steady skincare routine. But, well, I can be unpredictable. I'm not always in the bathroom when I say I will be – too tired, or there's something good to watch.
Glowing goddesses suggest keeping products next to the bed, so there's no excuse for not applying at bedtime – but, you really do need a sink when it comes to properly cleansing, and in my experience simply having things by the bed won't make you (me) use them.
Cleansing, with water, requires a certain effort, and sometimes there simply aren't enough hours in the day. I am generally converted to finding pleasure in taking 5 minutes – with the bathroom door closed, to massage my face clean. More time in the bathroom also warrants making it a nice space to be in – building a stock of flannels and muslins, along with some easy on the eye storage solutions.
I've been using this trio regularly for the last 12 months, and they are now in my ever-growing ‘empties’ pile.
Post-cleanse (is that a thing?) my face feels shiny and new. I rest my head with a smugness similar to telling colleagues you've been to the gym or for a swim before work – you know, *casually* dropping it in at the opening of a meeting, and feeling like you've never been a better version of yourself.
Clean and smug. A winning combination, if ever there was one.
CLINIQUE take the day off cleansing balm
This isn't budget by any means, but one pot lasted me twelve months – you really only need a smidge. It's a proper balm, providing enough slip to get a good massage on and removing makeup like a dream. There’s not a lot to say about the scent which whilst mild and completely inoffensive, is hard to describe.
The Body Shop camomile sumptuous cleansing butter
I like this one A LOT. The price is reasonable (as is the whole camomile range), and it smells divine. It has more of a 'buttery' texture, and is quite solid in the tin – but once warmed in the hands is perfect for both massaging the face and removing makeup. Leaves skin moisturised and soft.
LUSH ultrabland facial cleanser
Harder to categorise, Ultrabland isn’t a balm (or butter), but is thicker and more ‘cream’ like. It’s a good one for sensitive skins as it doesn't have much of a scent. I've found it to be a reliable everyday cleanser, particularly during breakouts. The black pots are pleasingly sleek and minimal should you be thinking about bathroom styling opportunities!
Pimp your bathroom.
Rose gold basket - H&M Home. Soap dish - Orla Kiely. Flannels - Primark and Ikea.