Are you a washer or a cleanser?

Posted by Lipglossiping On July - 26 - 2009

 

I’ve never understood cleansing in the traditional cotton wool pad and white cream sense…

Cleansers

I just don’t feel like my face is clean unless it has come into contact with water at some point during my getting up/going to bed routine.

washing

Being a confirmed ‘washer’ doesn’t stop me from being tempted by lovely smelling cleansing lotions and equally fresh smelling bottles of toner – but in general, I just don’t get it?

It seems to me that ‘cleansing':

a) takes longer
b) involves wiping chemicals on your face and then not washing them off
c) is more expensive
d) involves more waste (cotton wool pads)
e) is less ‘portable’ when travelling

I don’t even own a bottle of make-up remover… although, wait… does cleansing oil count? No, I’m discounting it because it doesn’t involve cotton wool pads and you still need water to use it.

Any of you ‘cleansers’? If so, tell me why! Has no-one let me in on the big secret? I know it’s a personal preference thing and that there are no right or wrong choices, but I would love to undrstand the motivation behind it!


12 Responses to “Are you a washer or a cleanser?”

  1. VexInTheCity says:

    I use my cleanser (Neutrogena) with water. I wipe my face off with a wipe first though to get rid of the majority of MU.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  2. I’m a ‘washer’ for sure – and I would love to know the same answer! I need to feel the splash of water on my face in order to feel like I’ve removed the makeup.

    great post!!

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  3. Cassie says:

    I am obsessed with Cetaphil. It’s the only thing that cleans my face without breaking me out or leaving a film. I’ve noticed that the creams/toners that have nice fragrances to them end up irritating my skin, so I just stick with the Cetaphil because it’s really gentle and works great.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  4. Lipglossiping says:

    Hi Yinka, thanks for commenting :) Which Neutrogena cleanser is that? I’ve never ‘got’ wipes either? Although I sometimes take them on holiday for the convenience factor… maybe I’ve tried ones that aren’t very effective?

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  5. Hey Michelle! It’s a daft thing to think about really… but it’s always polarised opinion amongst my friends… kind of a gherkin (pickle) vs.no-gherkin in your McD’s burger debate LOL

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  6. Hey Cassie, thanks for stopping by! I got myself a bottle of Cetaphil which is no mean feat in the UK (I think I paid through the nose for it too!) I agree, it’s really gentle and non-irritating – great stuff!

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  7. Rhamnousia says:

    I think I’m a bit backwards or at least confused on the whole cleansing thing. I had a cream cleanser which directed me to put it on my face, let it sink in and then wash it off.

    I do that with all my cleansers as it gives me clear skin and no greasies the next day.

    So I’m a water cleanser..I think..I cleanse, wash it off and then for extra “protection” I use a wipe all over my face.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  8. Hi Rhamnousia! You’re thorough! Thanks for stopping by :)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  9. […] lotions’… which I hate.  I’m a washer (we’ve had this discussion before), I dislike faffing about with bits of cotton wool when all I want to do is go dribble on my pillow […]

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  10. Jade says:

    Washer I don’t use any cleansing products, just warm water and a microfibre cloth :)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  11. Kelly says:

    I used to be a washer myself untill my sister showed me how to cleanse. Basically id always wash when i got up and before i went to bed but after putting on the clenser and wiping my face with cotten i noticed dirt that water alone just couldent get off! Yuk..

    So now i cleanse to get my makeup off. I use Boots own brand cleanser\ toner all in one which you then wash off (like Rhamnousia iv never heard of leaving it on). I also Love their own baby lotion to get makeup off or moisturize after cleansing, once i even got some in my eye but its so neutral it dident sting at all.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  12. tanveer says:

    I’m a cleanser through & through.. have been for the last 2 yrs & I have seen my skin improve tremendously.. There are many reasons cleansers work well for me

    1. They are less harsh / drying on my skin. I have oily skin, & I have noticed that my skin actually responds better to moisturizing cleanser by producing less oil. Facewashes just make my skin more aggravated.
    2. Oil dissolves oil principle. The cleanser removes makeup, dirt clogged in pores with sebum far more effectively. My pores are smaller & I hardly get any acne at all.

    But each to her own, I’d say do what ever works best for you :)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Leave a Reply

RANDOM

Beauty Blog Link Love - 26th March 2011

~ Miss Beauty Nerd dishes on Asia’s hottest and most coveted product – BB Creams!! ~ Jellyminx shares a Jessie J inspired makeup tutorial. ~ …

MAC MSF in Petticoat

I thought it might be useful if I did this post ahead of the upcoming MAC In The Groove Collection which is due for release …

Butter London Minger NOTD (it's not for mingers)

I was a little bit traumatised at the sight of this shade when I pulled it out of the bag.  I mean, it’s orange.  A …

Bare Minerals Matte Foundation Review

Due to be launched on QVC on the 10th July (that’s just a few days away!), Matte is the latest foundation to be released by …

LUSH Fun... well, is it? (part one)

When a company bodly declares their latest product as FUN.  Well, it had better be hadn’t it? LUSH’s latest invention announces itself with the promise …

Another for the collection... Bobbi Brown Illluminating Bronzer in Bali Brown

I like these Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzers… they’re lovely for fair skin types who quite like the idea of bronzers but just don’t really know …

Advent Giveaway – Day 13

The Body Shop Bath Lily & Soap (soap is behind the lily in the pic) The Body Shop Oil in Cassis Rose Leave a comment …

Lime Crime CandyFuture Collection Lipsticks for SpaceNK

Further to my post last week discussing the launch of Lime Crime at SpaceNK stores this month, I want to share with you my thoughts …

Tried & Tested: Clairol Root Touch Up Hair Dye

I’ve talked before about over-processing my hair to within an inch of its life and the difficulties I’ve encountered trying to find a happy compromise …

Liz Earle Signature Foundation Review

When it comes to makeup, things can get pretty personal. One person’s dream product is another person’s nightmare and nowhere is this more keenly felt …

POPULAR

CLOSED: Competition Time: Givenchy Very Irresistible L'eau en Rose Perfume!

Want to really spoil Mum this Mother’s Day?  Or perhaps you just want to spoil yourself?  It’s ok… I won’t judge… there are plenty of …

CLOSED - Win it! The Body Shop Expert Brush Collection

I don’t know about you, but I woke up this morning with a distinct “Hello Monday morning, I’ve been expecting you…” kinda feeling.  Maybe it’s …

Win a gorgeous "glow" trio with prizes from Urban Decay, New CID, & Arbonne!

COMPETITION NOW CLOSED! WINNER IS: “IZABELLA” (COMMENT #96045) – WINNER HAS BEEN EMAILED!   It’s still January, the MET office have just issued yet another …

Hello? Is this thing on?

Phew, that was a little unexpected. For those of you who haven’t had the misfortune of reading my hand-wringing tweets and woe-ridden facebook updates, let …

Big savings on French Pharmacy brands, win my Escentual.com top picks!

I’m of the firm opinion that for the money, French pharmacy brands offer some of the best solutions for diffcult skin-types. Escentual.com have long been …

Win it! 3 EcoTools Bamboo Bronzer Brushes to win!

I’ve written about these before, you know I love them, I want you to love them too! So why not have a go at winning …

FOTD Busting out of the comfort zone!

You may recall my bitter moans last week about how when presented with a rare opportunity to spend an indecent amount of time playing with …

Dear Obesity...

We have been together for over 20 years, our lives so entwined that I’ve never been sure how to live without you.  I would like …

Avoid the brush off with Oral-B Pro-Expert

There’s a new toothpaste in town. It’s lean, mean and err not very minty as it happens.  Featuring the revolutionary bacteria-busting ingredient Stabilised Stannous Flouride, …

Urban Decay The Black Palette - Photos & Swatches

The soon-to-be-released Black Palette from US eyeshadow maestro’s Urban Decay is an altogether darker affair than the recent Naked set… The Black Palette includes 6, …

COMMENTS

  • Categories

  • Archives

  • Admin

  • Ads