BEAUTY TUESDAY! The World of Double Cleansing According the Caroline Hirons
Double Cleansing is an official ‘Thing.’ Did you know about it? Like all beauty trends, I looked at it with a bit of a cynical hat, because of course each new trend means a new purchase and a few less minutes of a lie in…But I’ve been proven wrong many a time. The fancy towel that speeds up drying time and cares for your hair, for example. It might sound like bunkum but give it a go!
Double cleansing seemed like a way of taking up even more time and making us buy even more products, but the difference here is that Caroline Hirons is telling us to do it. And if Caroline Hirons says it’s good for your skin, then you do it.
You’ve probably heard of Caroline – her blog is a mecca for anyone who cares about skincare, from your average Joe to your supermodels like Jourdan Dunn. If she gives a glowing review to a product, it can transform a company – since extolling the virtues of Glow Tonic by Pixi, the company has grown exponentially.
I had the good luck of bumping into Caroline at a recent Pixi job and asked her to explain to my MTF why double cleansing is so important. Here’s what she said…
R: Hello Caroline! So tell me, why should we all be double cleansing?
C: Generally, the first time you cleanse you’ll get all the general muck off – make up, SPF – but you need to do a second cleanse to really penetrate into the pores and make sure they aren’t clogged with the grime of the day. It’s for an evening cleanse – no need in the morning.
R: Lovely! Oh, I’ve only really been double cleansing when I wear make up. Why should I still do it when I wear an SPF?
C: An SPF is designed to stay on your face, and double cleansing makes sure you remove it properly. It doesn’t need to be too much of a faff – if you take your eye make up off before cleansing, you’re double cleansing.
R: My face is pretty red after all that massage!
C: Red is good. It’s getting your circulation going.
SO! Knowing that Caroline has transformed many people’s skin, I thought I’d go through some of my absolute favourite double cleansing teams…
Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm, £18
This is so, so beautiful. PLEASE try it! It feels quite firm at first, but rub it between your fingers and it’s instantly transformed into a greasy, gooey treat. And don’t let the word ‘greasy’ put you off – it’s gonna help take off your make up (stubborn mascara included) whilst nourishing your skin at the same time.
I get a small scoop, rub it for a few seconds between my fingers and then massage each part of my face. I have always been of the ‘circular motion’ school but according to Caroline we want to be doing more ‘Vogue’ by Madonna movements in straight lines.
I do this for as long as I can, because massaging your skin and getting circulation going is fantastic for the complexion! The sweet almond oil, Vitamin E and shea butter are my ideal trio for treating my skin after a hard day’s castings, where I’ve been pelted by all the pollution London has to throw at me.
Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser £18
You know what Caroline was saying about getting all the gack out of your skin for the second cleanse? This Glow Mud Cleanser by Pixi is perfect for that.
I tend to massage my face with the Nourishing Cleansing Balm, wash that off and then apply this. I leave it on while I brush my teeth, treating it as a short mud mask.
The mud really deep cleans your skin, but there are other factors at work here. There’s 5% glycolic acid to gently exfoliate, but for anyone with dry skin who is nervous about using this cleanser there’s avocado oil and aloe vera to nourish.
Then I wash it off with warm water and my trusty Konjac Sponge!
I’ve used this for around 3 months now and my skin is singing. I will only give it a little break if my skin is feeling very dry (from flying etc) – just my own personal preference – as when I get really dry and sensitive skin I’ve found that avoiding clay/mud and tap water really help.
Sukin are my FAVOURITE new discovery! They are everything I love about a beauty brand: they focus on the power of botanicals and essential oils. It doesn’t stop there. They avoid many nasties found in today’s skin care*, they are a 100% carbon neutral business, their packaging is recyclable AND they are accredited CCF** with a vegan status.
You can head to Holland and Barrett to check them out, one of my favourite haunts when I have time between my castings – both for the huge range of beauty treats, and for the ginger wine samples.
And did I say they have a huge range to choose from AND they’re affordable?!
Sukin Micellar Cleansing Water £9.99
The proof, as they say, is in the pudding, and I gave Sukin a pretty tough challenge. I gave their Micellar Cleanser a whirl on a day where I would be having numerous make up looks applied, with the sort of harsh make up products that I know can irritate my skin.
It’s a regular job of mine and I’ve walked away before with red, irritated skin, rashes and spots before.
Using Sukin between make up looks was a dream. Every model should have this in their bag. It’s gentle, it’s soothing but best of all it’s so effective that make up is removed really quickly, so you don’t need to keep worrying at your eyes and skin.
I thoroughly wet two cotton wool pads, laid them on my eyes for about 45 seconds, letting the chamomile and cucumber soothe and refresh. When I gently swiped the pads away, most of the eye make up was gone (and believe me, there was A LOT of it).
It only took two goes to get all of the make up off my skin, then I wiped away the Micellar water with a cotton wool pad soaked in water (otherwise skin can get sticky).
(I know we’re focusing on cleansers here, but can I sneakily add that I followed this with Sukin’s Facial Moisturiser? The make up artist was in disbelief and said that my glowing skin was better than when he’d put on primer and base!)
Sukin Super Greens Detoxifying Facial Scrub, £9.99
Mmmm, a gorgeous yet thorough exfoliator that will have your skin feeling like it can breathe again!
This is full of goodies you might find in your smoothie – kale, spirulina and parsley! This are for getting the glow going, which is why I leave on my skin for 15 seconds longer than I usually would an exfoliator, just to make sure they can work their magic!
After cleansing with your usual cleanser, wet skin with warm water and gently massage this over your face. I’m personally very careful and gentle with exfoliators, and the jojoba beads and bamboo in here are strong enough that you don’t want to overdo it!
I’ve not used an exfoliator like this for ages. I’ve been using Glow Tonic for a long time, and have found acid exfoliation just right for my skin.
However, this is super gentle and I’ve been using it about once a week. I have quite sensitive skin and it’s not red or irritated after use. It just looks dewy and fresh, like I’ve been walking in the country and swimming in the sea (which I really haven’t. I’ve been doing jump squats in my front room and drinking tea at my desk, and standing at a lot of bus stops).
I want you all to give Sukin a go, because I think they’re really special. I really appreciate when a company walks the walk as well as talking the talk, plus the fact that they are so fairly priced. For between shows or travel, Sukin is the perfect brand for models!
Lastly, if payday is a long way away….
You can always raid your larder (something I’ve spoken about before) and try removing your make up with olive oil or coconut oil, then using your usual facewash. It’s great as a precleanse…Just make sure you don’t go to bed smelling of dinner!
*Sulphates, synthetic fragrances, animal derivatives, harsh detergents, propylene glycol, artificial colours, triethanolamine, mineral oils, EDTA, parabens.
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