It feels like it's been ages since I properly sat down and wrote anything about beauty, so today I thought I'd get back into the swing of things with a skincare product (not surprises there then). I've been sticking to my Una Brennan Deep Clean cleanser like a loyal puppy, but when the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm* (wordy product alert) dropped onto my doorstep there was an instant shift in the skincare rota.
I'd steered away from balm cleansers for a long time - the strong fragrance in them tells me there's a high risk of my skin completely freaking out - but this one is fragrance free with no nasties - illustrated by the fact the ingredients list is incredibly short. Supposedly it's meant to be the first step in cleansing and not used alone, but if you were cleaning your face after a no makeup day or had already cleansed once before, this would probably be okay. I tend to double cleanse a lot anyway, and seeing as I still love my Una Brennan cleanser that's fine with me.
I use this both morning and evening, and take a small amount out of the pot (a really small amount, you don't need much) and massage it into my skin. By the time I'm finished its a more oily texture, which comes away easily with a damn flannel. After cleansing my skin is clean, and feels clean, but feels far more nourished than it does with just my gel cleanser. Perfect for my autumn/winter routine! I wouldn't say it's made my skin look amazing as my skin was already pretty good with my previous cleanser, but I am happy to report that nothing has changed, so I can put them both on an equal pedestal. Although it's meant for double cleansing, i'd be interested to know if anyone uses just this balm alone - let me know in the comments or on twitter if you do!
Typical Suzie skincare ramble over, will my next beauty post be as predictable? I wouldn't bank on it - there's been some drugstore haulin' over here...