From state-of-the-art cleansing brushes, to microscopic exfoliating powders, here is what you should be using and why.
Our grandmother’s quip ‘cleanliness is next to godliness’ has never been more accurate – if what our friends in the Far East are saying is anything to go by. As pioneers of the BB cream, essence lotion and all things innovative in the beauty industry, they are now focusing firmly on cleansing.
Famed for their 12 product regime (which evidently has now reached 17 in some parts of Korea), Asian women are the force behind the non-stop conveyer belt of cutting-edge skincare, which can be a little overwhelming to say the least. From state-of-the-art cleansing brushes, to microscopic exfoliating powders and even cleansing haircare, here is what you should be using and why.
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The first thing to consider when it comes to cleansing is that there are two types of 'dirt', oil-based dirt (such as make-up and oxidised sebum - black heads to you and I) and water-based dirt (dust and sweat). It makes sense that oil-derived dirt will always be attracted to an oil-based cleanser, whilst water-soluble dirt will be more effectively removed with a water-based alternative - so a quick swipe of both is the most effective method to super clean skin.
Landing on our shores straight out of Japan earlier this month, Porefinist Anti-shine Fresh Cleansing Oil instantly soaks into your skin to melt away make up and lift stubborn beachheads. The feather-light formula is enriched with cinnamon bark extract which can reduce blackhead build-up by 20%. Gently massage it into your face in circular movements for a shine-free unclogged complexion in minutes.
After rinsing away your oil cleanser, reach for Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. Packed with tiny micelle particles (which act like little magnets) it effortlessly lifts impurities from the skin without the need to rub or rinse - perfect for sensitive skin types.
The concept was originally developed in Paris to help soothe and cleanse the skin of French women who were battling with the hard water conditions of the French capital.
Designed to be swiped across the skin with a cotton wool pad, micellar waters are low maintenance yet a highly effective method of cleansing and have unsurprisingly become an integral part of of many make-up artist's kit.
All singing, all dancing cleansing brushes, which remove impurities, stimulate circulation and buff away dead skin cells, were once limited to niche skincare brands stocked in upmarket departments stores. Until now that it is. In recent months these multitasking devices have been filtering through to the highstreet and we couldn't wait to get our mitts on one.
Specially designed to reach the contoured areas of the face, Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush contains two types of bristles - short stout ones to unclog the oiler sections of the face, such as the t-zone, and long soft ones which sweep over areas with less oil glands, such as your cheeks.
Effective but kind, it comes with a build in self-timer which automatically switches off after 30 seconds to avoid over scrubbing. Much like an electric toothbrush it's amazing how much dirt is removed compared to manually scrubbing your face with a cotton pad. 97% of users agreed their face felt cleaner.
An instant brightener for dull, tired skin, exfoliating powders are the latest one minute wonder to reach our shores from the Far East. Designed to be applied after cleansing and before moisturising, they provide a powerful deep clean that is gentle enough to be applied daily.
Antonia Burrell is the go to facialist for hollywood stars visiting London, which explains why her skincare line is always one of the first to catch on to up-and-coming trends.
Initially the ultra-fine Luminous Light Polishing Powder looked like it would be difficult to use, but when it made contact with water the microscopic granules quickly transformed into a light frothy foam which was easily massaged into the skin. Whipped up with antibacterial tea leaf extract and colloidal oatmeal it rids pores of impurities and ploughs through dead skin cells to reveal a brighter, baby soft complexion.