Trying Something Different In The Cleansing Department

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Back in the day, cleansing my face was just about removing my makeup, nothing more and nothing less and my cleansing routine was pretty basic.  Things have evolved so much since then and now there are an array of cleansers which not only remove makeup, but offer a whole host of other skincare benefits too.  There has definitely been a lot of talk on the blogosphere about what I like to call the “hybrid” cleansers (totally making up own terminology here), which consist of cleansing gels, balms, oils and the like.  After a little resistance to changing up my routine, I too am now a convert and yes, I can see what all the hype is about.

I’ve got 3 cleansers to talk you through which I alternate between on a regular basis and they all pretty much work in the same way.  They can be used morning and night (I tend to use them at night), you apply them straight on to your face, massage in for a minute or so to dissolve all of your makeup and then remove with either water or a damp muslin cloth.  I prefer to use water and although these can remove even waterproof mascara, I use a separate eye makeup remover to do this.

So, first up is the Radical Hydrating Cleanser, which is the priciest at £30.  This is a 3-in-1 cleanser which cleanses, hydrates and tones as well as promoting cell renewal.  This has a creamy consistency and its key ingredients include almond milk which removes excess oils, mango and papaya which brighten the skin and remove dead skin cells and  tangerine oil which is also described as the “happy oil” as it acts a mood enhancer alongside a toner and natural astringent.  My skin feels squeaky clean after using this as well as super hydrated so that’s enough to put me in a good mood!

The Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel at £28 is definitely a popular one and with good reason.  This coral coloured gel, which has a rosewater-like scent makes your skin feel so unbelievably soft after use that I love to use it as a pick me up whenever my skin is feeling dry.  This has a blend of vitamins and fruit enzymes including pumpkin enzyme, which deeply cleanses your pores and acts as a natural exfoliant.  This turns to a milky consistency once you add water and it gives a lasting glow to the skin.

Lastly the Clinique Take the Day off Cleansing Balm is a slightly affordable option of the 3 at £22 but by no means any less effective.  In fact, I probably like this one the most.  It’s a no fuss, non-scented, lightweight balm that turns into a silky fluid oil once you rub it on to the face.  It doesn’t really contain any fancy ingredients but afterwards my skin is hydrated, clean and soft and it just restores my skin to normality when I’m going through a bad skin phase.

If you haven’t used these types of cleansers before they are worth considering if you are looking into changing up your routine, or just after something different and better.  They really do remove all traces of makeup and if you’re not sure, then a double cleanse wouldn’t hurt, in fact, I’d always recommend a double cleanse at night whatever you use.

So do any of these interest you?  Let me know in the comments below. x

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  • The Sunday Mode

    I’ve been tossing up over buying that Oskia cleanser for about 3 weeks now, might cave and finally take the plunge, as I continuously hear rave reviews for it. Also, beautiful photography!

    • Thank you. I like this cleanser, it makes your skin feel so soft afterwards and during Autumn / winter i will definitely be using this one more. x

  • The Oskia Renaissance Gel is currently on my wishlist. Have only heard great things about it. Need to try it asap.

    Renata x
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    • This is a great cleanser and I love how soft it makes your skin feel. x

  • Athena Politou

    I’ve had the Oskia one in my wishlist for quite some time. I need to try it! I’m currently using The Body Shop’s camomile cleansing butter. It’s really good and a little bit goes a long way. Feels very nice and it definitely makes my makeup melt right off. Thank you for the recommendations!!


    • This one from The Body Shop sounds very interesting too. Thanks for stopping by x

  • Ooh I love the look of Clinique Take the Day Off – I don’t know how I’ve never tried it before as it sounds right up my street 🙂 xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

  • I love Clinique, their products are so kind to my skin. These are really lovely photos.

    Jenn |

    • Thank you. Yeah do love thus blame from Clinique, it is a gentle formula x

  • Belén Muñoz

    The Oskia cleanser looks so good! The photos are very beautiful like the flowers, amazing post!

    • Thanks so much. The Oskia cleanser is lovely it makes your skin feel so soft. x

  • Adaleta Avdic

    Lovely post & your photography of product is beautiful. I’m a huge proponent of skincare and although I’m a beauty blogger/YouTuber, my main focus for the time being IS skincare because if the skin isn’t well taken care of the makeup applies all funky and unevenly so good skincare is key! xx,

    • Thanks for your lovely comments. I completely agree, taking care of what’s underneath the makeup is so important xx

  • lauragale94

    Your images are so beautifully shot! Loved reading this post too, though. I dread mixing up my skincare routine, as I know what works for me haha!xx

    Laura | Lala London: Beauty & Lifestyle

    • Thank you 🙂 Completely agree if you have something that works for you then stick to it x

  • I love the Oskia cleanser, I’ve used it for quite a while now and it feels so nice on the skin. I’ve always been a bit wary of Clinque skincare but I might have to check this one out x

    • To be honest I’ve been wary of Clinque skincare too, it’s never quite worked for me but I was pleasantly surprised with this balm, it does what it says on the tin and makes your skin feel nice afterwards too x

  • rachh1994

    I really like the look of the Clinique cleansing balm, might have to pick it up! xo

  • Gem

    I really must get around to trying that Clinique cleansing balm – it sounds amazing, and I’ve had my eye on it for ages!

    Gemma x |

  • I’m hoping to pick up the Oskia cleanser sometime in the near future, but I just recently started using the Marcelle 3-in-1 Cleanser and I really like it so far. The Clinique Balm sounds lovely too, may have to add that to my wish list!

    xx Krista

    • This one sounds interesting too, it’s always good to find out about things you’ve not heard of before x

  • Kiki Rampone

    I really like the look of that hydrating cleanser! You’ve introduced me to some new products here, great post!

    xo Kiki

  • Want to try that Cleansing Balm, I’ve been hearing good things about it!


  • The Clinique cleansing balm is my favourite!

    Great review, just followed 🙂

    Katie Loves ~ Fashion Blog | Bloglovin’ | Instagram

  • I love the Oskia & Clinique so will have to try the Radical one at some point because it sounds like something I would love also! xx


    • I hadn’t heard much about Radical skincare until I bought this which to be honest was purely by chance however I’d like to try some other items from their skincare range too as they also seem really good x

  • I’ve only tried Clinique and it is really good. It doesn’t only clean my face but also makes it really soft and nice.

  • I have my eyes on the Oskia Cleansing Gel because it’s probably the one that would work best with my Clarisonic and it’s so popular that I wanna see what all the hype is about x

    Beauty with charm

    • It took me a while to buy this but it is really good. I haven’t thought of using it with my Clarasonic though as I prefer a foaming cleanser for that. Will have to try that out. x