A/W15's hot new cleansers
Seasonal changes can wreak havoc on the skin, especially when wind and cooler weather are concerned. This is one of the reasons why so many brands have been upping their game of late, with a raft of products that promise multiple benefits hitting the market.
It means a cleanser which is just good at getting rid of make-up isn't enough anymore; now we want a version which will really nourish our skin. The message has been received loud and clear this season, cleansers which do everything from boosting hydration to protecting from the sun have hit stores.
The new micellars
Over the last few years the popularity of micellar waters has soared as women look for a quick way to remove make-up while still caring for skin. If you're a fan, you'll be excited to know there are some new ones on the block, with Vichy leading the way. Its Beautifying Cleansing Micellar Oil is a cross between a traditional water and an oil and is infused with camellia oil and vitamin E to help with miniaturisation.
La Roche-Posay Make-up Remover Micellar Water Gel is another hybrid product which has been created for people who have combination skin that's also sensitive. While it will help deal with grease, grime and cosmetics it's also gentle and doesn't strip the skin. Those with dry/dehydrated skin can test out Madara's new Micellar Water, which has added hyaluronic acid to help treat thirsty faces.
For city slickers
People in cities may find their skin looks dull and grey, which is thanks to the constant barrage of free radicals attacking it. Things like pollution quickly take a toll on skin, leaving it dehydrated and looking tired. This is the issue tackled by Vichy with its Purete Thermale Fresh Cleansing Gel, specially developed to help skin dulled by city living. It sucks off pollution, dust and make-up without leaving skin feeling dry and tight afterwards.
An oldie but a goodie in this category is Clarins Water Comfort One-Step Cleanser. It's a soothing product which is best for people who wear only light make-up and want to give their skin some real TLC.
If time is of the essence, you'll want a product which ticks a couple of boxes at once. Cult brand Pixi has branched out into skincare, and its Glow Mud Cleanser is a revolutionary idea - as well as cleaning your face, it has five per cent glycolic acid to exfoliate, mud to detoxify and hyaluronic acid to hydrate.
Also working to slough away dead cells alongside make-up is bareMinerals Exfoliating Treatment Cleanser. This is activated when you rub it between your hands, then massage onto your face to help clear pores and leave you with fresh skin. If you want, it can be left on for longer and used as a mask as well.
Equally as interesting is Dr Russo Sun Protective Day Cleanser SPF30, which gently cleanses the face when you wake up and then uses 'wash on' technology to leave skin protected from the sun. We're talking UVA and UVB coverage too, so again this is an easy way to trim down skincare steps.