The Skincare Dairies: Cleansing Gels

Familiar with cleansing gels? Since becoming obsessed with cleansing balms and loving using them, I saw no need for other types of cleansers other then my Body Shop Camomile Cleansing oil and Philosophy Purity, a cross between a cream cleanser and a light foaming cleanser (sorry Caroline, but its too good to give up). However, I've been trying out two new cleansing gels and I'm pleased to say that I have successfully been converted!

For those who haven't tried them, cleansing gels are basically a jelly-like substance with a melting formula that transforms into a nourishing oil, perfect for makeup removal and a thorough clean. But, it doesn't end there. Add a splash of water and usually you'll get a light milk that completes the nourishing delight. A recent skincare revelation I've been trying is Caroline Hirons' method of not wasting decent, often expensive, cleansers such as these on simple makeup removal. The bottle or box may say that its 'great for makeup removal', but 9 times out of 10 it'll work even better for a single morning cleanse or after you've removed your makeup during your evening cleanse. Mind blown. Simply using a cleansing oil or micellar water for makeup removal has changed my skin entirely. 
I began my cleansing gel journey with a Caroline Hirons recommendation, the Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Melting cleanser.  This is such an interesting product as it's so much like jelly (yes, it actually wobbles) yet when gently massaged onto the skin, it becomes a lovely oil. It has no scent at all and a little goes a long way. This perfectly complements an exfoliating cleanser or cleansing brush as I find it replenishes the newly exfoliated skin in such a gentle way. 

The verdict: This cleanser is utterly brilliant; it'll nock the socks off any of my cleansing balms for sure. I love how its so smooth and easily glides on my face as I use it, I just love it!

When exploring cleansing gels, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to try Oskia's infamous Renaissance cleansing gel; a gel that melts upon immediate contact with warm skin and will not disappoint. The difference between this and Ole Henriksen's melting jelly, is that it's a lot lighter and as you can see from the picture doesn't last long before it begins to melt into an oily cream. For best results, massage onto dry skin morning and night. This cleanser has it all, Vitamin A, C and E, Startflower oil and MSM a 'bio-available form of sulphur' that helps soothe the skin. One way or another when using this cleansing gel you will see a noticeable difference to your skin. 
The verdict: An award worthy cleansing gel like no other; the ever reliable Oskia have created a marvellous skin transforming product once again. The nourishment and hydration it offers the skin makes this gel a key part of my skincare routine.

My venture into cleansing gels has thus far been very successful. I love the process of using them on my skin and there's definitely an unmistakable advantage to them; my skin is smoother, more polished and loves the effects. If you're currently using a foaming cleanser for your morning cleanse or second evening cleanse, I highly recommend switching to a gel cleanser, you won't regret it. I hope you've enjoyed the first instalment of my skincare diaries, just a little series of posts about my thoughts and experiences through skincare. 

Ever tried a gel cleanser? What's your favourite?

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