Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Cleansin' Wednesday!

Hi. My name is Sandra and I am a skincare fanatic. I currently have over 10 cleansers on rotation… Oops.

While I am a firm believer of owning at least two different cleansers catering to your skin concerns, how I have accumulated 10 in the recent months is beyond me. Cleansing is one of the most essential steps in skincare. If I don’t wash my face properly, I wake up to dull skin and at least one volcano on my face. I like to call them "Steves". We don’t like Steve (sorry, Steves around the world).

So as I was organizing and clearing out my beauty product drawers it dawned on me… why don’t I do a cleanser round-up and tell you all what I think about each one? So for the next 10 weeks or so I will bring to you Cleansin’ Wednesday! I hope that my cleansing trials and tribulations can at least help you out next time you’re browsing the shelves for something new to try.

Before I dive into the first cleanser, a quick overview of my skin:

My skin type is combination/oily. Prone to breakouts. I am not super sensitive when it comes to active ingredients, but I have had some episodes of redness, dryness and sensitivity in the winter.
I thought I’d start off the series with my favourite cleanser at the moment. I know, I know, you’re supposed to save the best for last but I’m impatient and I cannot help it. This cleanser ticks all the boxes for my current skincare concerns and I mentioned it on my channel and on here before so it might come as no surprise:

What I love about it: it effectively cleanses my skin without making it feel tight or red, it has no fragrance, parabens or sulfates, and it removes makeup like a dream when used in conjunction with a warm washcloth.
If you have oily skin that is prone to pore congestion and is known to be sensitive, I cannot recommend this enough. I think the brand is now pretty widely available at most drug stores that have a premium/French pharmacy skincare section, at Ulta in the USA. You can also order online from Amazon

If your skin type is more normal/dry, you can try other offerings from the brilliant Toleriane range – they have a cleansing milk, cream and gel available. 

I’ll see you next week with a new cleanser. I hope you will enjoy this segment.


Your friendly neighborhood skincare hoarder,



  1. I thought I was bad with four ;) Sounds like we have similar skin. I'm currently using a cream cleanser with a washcloth, which I've been loving actually! But have been meaning to check out the Toleriane range. Looking forward to reading about the rest!

  2. I use the Hydreane Legere moisturiser by La Roche Posay as it's nice and light for my young skin. But Toleraine seems to be so popular, I may pick up a tube of the cleanser next time so I can still use a light moisturiser. Thank you! :)

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  3. awesome idea Sandra- looking forward to see what'll be featured next Wednesday! I've heard great things about the Toleriance cream, but not the foaming cream. I haven't heard great things about foaming products though- apparently they strip your skin of essential oils and cause you to produce extra oil? Have you found that with this products?

  4. This look great, it seems like everything from La Roche Posay is amazing!

  5. Nice review dear and I have sensitive and acne prone skin...I should stay away from this....Too bad, I can't try some very good products because of my skin....:/

  6. This is great, I'm almost out of the cleansers that I'm using now and I'm not particularity fond of either of them. Can't wait to try some of your recommendations! Xo

  7. Omg, while I was reading your article, I could hear myself talk :) Hi, my name if Katia and I'm a skincare fanatic ;p


  8. I have a similar skin type as you and this cleanser sounds perfect! Sensitive, oily skin can be hard to deal with, but this looks like a nice solution. Looking forward to your future cleanser reviews :)


  9. (Third attempt at a comment, technology hates me tonight): I only recently got the cleansing foam from the The Body Shop Aloe Vera range, as it's supposed to be one of the mildest ones out there, but I'm not tempted to get this too! I love a good foaming cleanser, despite my drier skin, they just get the job done! Added to the wishlist!

  10. What a great idea for a post :) and I had a good old laugh at the 'steves' comment - I regularly get 'steves' on my face too!

    Can't wait for next weeks instalment :)

    Lis x

  11. Great review! I love the gel from that range. Despite being a "gel" it's so soothing! It makes my normal skin feel comfortable right after cleansing. Xo

  12. I've been looking for a new cleanser, I'll need to try this out. X

  13. Brilliant idea! As my skintype is similar to yours I will be watching for the weekly installments!

  14. I have a few Steves myself at the moment so might go pick this up, have heard the face cream in range is really good to. x


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