I’m not going to pretend for one moment that taking your makeup off isn’t a giant boring chore. The absolute last thing I want to do, sapped by my day and staggering to bed is ‘fill a clean sink with hot water’ (ha!) and wipe off my face but I really, really try to force myself for the sake of my skin. Waking up with mascara crud down your cheeks and a pillowcase that looks quite ‘Krusty the Clown in Turin shroud’ is also an intensely deflating way to start the day.
A game changer for me has been to take it all off much earlier in the evening when I get home - I also feel like serums and creams applied thereafter are not just going directly from my face onto a pillowcase, which can only be a good thing.
Anyway, cleanse you must and cleanse you shall. Of course like with anything you can spend loads of money and buy something very fancy, but below are my fave high street cleansers because in theory you’re getting through the stuff (aren’t you?) and there are more fun things to spend 40 quid on. I’ve put together three representatives of House Lard, House Oil and House Gunk - who will win the Game of Cleanse? (Sorry, bit laboured).
BOOTS BOTANICS ORGANIC HOT CLOTH CLEANSING BALM, £8.99
This is obviously ‘inspired’ by Eve Lom/Emma Hardie/Elemis etc and I think it’s a decent approximation. It smells a bit herbal but not overpowering, and does a good job of melting everything off. It’s quite waxy this - you are literally waxing off! Comes with it’s own little muslin cloth which will make a fabulous duster for all your Swarovski figurines (use a normal flannel to clean your face).
UNA BRENNAN SUPERFACIALIST VITAMIN C CLEANSING OIL, £10.99
I think a runny oil is probably my favourite type of first cleanse. It just slip slides everything away and makes you look terrifyingly like Heath Ledger’s Joker, which is fun. This one smells pleasingly citrusy and given how much product you get is such a bargain. I’ve already sung the praises of this brand but honestly, everything I’ve tried has been bangin’.
SOAP & GLORY THE ULTIMELT HOT CLOTH CLEANSER, £10
Representing the creamy faction of hot cloth cleansing is Soap & Glory’s Ultimelt. This has a really great solid feeling tube, which is good for travel. It also smells of lavender, which is one of life’s delicious smells, no? I know Soap & Glory is all a bit screechy bargain basement Benefit, but amidst the weird lip plumping glosses and strange body sprays are winners such as this.