Attaining – and maintaining – good skin isn’t rocket science. It requires a good diet, adequate sleep, hydration and daily cleansing.
But there are some days when I can’t be bothered to cleanse properly.
Just like there are some weeks where I can’t be bothered to post.
Life happens. Sometimes you stumble home late at night from work or a party. Sometimes you collapse into bed after work for a nap, only to wake up at 2 a.m. and can’t be bothered to get back up.
Those days happen!
I’ve stocked up on some heavy-duty cleansers and makeup removers, in preparation for those very days.
While these three products can’t compare to my regular skin care routine, these do fine in a pinch.
1. Bioderma Créaline: Créaline isn’t the only cleanser of its kind, but it’s the one that is shown the most love. Bioderma offers this cleanser in two forms, though Créaline (Sensibio) is definitely the one to get. It’s gentle on skin, yet powerful at removing makeup and cleansing. Arm yourself with some cotton rounds, cleanse to your heart’s content, and be prepared to see how much comes off. An added bonus – no rinsing required.
Runs for $22CDN for a 250mL bottle and available at Shoppers Drug Mart, Murale and London Drugs.
2. Etude House Wonder Pore freshner: This “freshener” from the Wonder Pore line can do a lot of things, cleansing being one of them. Wonder Pore is similar to Créaline, with a few exceptions. It contains alcohol and is a teensy bit harsher than the Créaline. It also has a convenient pump – something lacking with Créaline. In similar fashion to Bioderma, arm yourself with cotton rounds and prepare to wipe off all that makeup and grime. Again, no rinsing is required.
Find this online in a variety of sizes.
3. Olay cleansing wipes: I reserve these for especially lazy days when I can’t be bothered to use cotton rounds. Or, for that matter, find them to use with the other two cleansers. These are pretty good, despite the heavy alcohol smell. Oddly, my skin doesn’t feel at all taut or dry afterwards. The sheet is pretty generous and it’s possible to use both sides – great if you’re wearing a lot of makeup. Its texture reminds me of a Swiffer cloth and it’s just as effective at catching dirt and makeup. This is strong enough to easily take off eyeliner, ditto Créaline and Wonder Pore, but I have to tread gently while taking off my mascara.
Still possible, though!
Olay wipes come in a pack of 30 and retail for $8CDN and can be found at London Drugs.