I am pretty lazy, especially when it comes to cleansing off make-up at the end of a long day. It's then that I wish that my beauty routine entailed nothing more than a quick brush of my teeth, or a meticulous brushing and flossing if my hygienist happens to read this :-).
I have never been a fan of the 4-step palaver of eye make up cleanser, facial cleanser, tonic - gosh, what is it called, it's so many years since I used it, that astringent stuff anyway, you know what I mean - the Night-time Removal Team! Follow that with night cream and you're talking a 10-15 minute routine surely. I wouldn't know because I never really subscribed to all that malarkey, for I am a lazy person.
When I was in my early 20s I discovered a wonderful all-in-one cleanser/tonic called Cosmedin - anyone remember it? It was a magic little bottle and I continued to use the product until it was discontinued.
There then ensued the wilderness years, and really when I look back I can't think of what I used for make-up removal ... if any product at all :-). Most certainly the full complement of the Night-time Removal Team never came a-knockin' at my door! It's all a bit of a blur now and certainly no product stands out as being memorable.
Then about 10-15 years ago I discovered .... ta dah ...
It is just what it says on the bottle. And it is wonderful. No matter how tired I am, cleansing is but a cotton wool pad wipe away - I actually enjoy the process and my skin is left soft.
I don't use night cream as I think my skin needs some time to breathe and rest and what better time for that than during all those glorious heating-free sleep hours.
My skin feels beautifully soft when I wake up and I just splash my face 3-4 times with super-cold water, smooth on some light moisturiser and I am good to go.
Clarins One-step Facial Cleanser with Orange Extract - surely the Clever Granddaughter of Cosmedin?
But, hold on, what's this? Queue more ta dahs ...
When Clarins came up with its magic facial cleanser it gave it a best friend. This again is what it says on the bottle - just leave soaked cotton wool pads on the lids and lashes for a few seconds then gently wipe away. It removes even the most challenging of mascaras.
I take good care of my eyes and I am very cautious about what goes on them. I trust this little bottle with my precious eyes.
It's funny but in retirement I have cut many corners to fit in with my reduced income. Yet not once have I considered switching these cleansers for something cheaper and anyway, they last for ages.
Ordering these products from allbeauty.com is such a simple process, their site is so Granny-friendly and deliveries are received within a day, maybe two tops.
That's my cleansing routine in a nutshell. A one minute nutshell, for that is all it takes to thoroughly cleanse my face of makeup. Follow that with a few minutes for teeth brushing and Bob's votre oncle!
So, what about you? How do you feel at the end of the day, ready for some meticulous cleansing?
Are you a night cream person? Have you mourned a discontinued product but found an equally excellent replacement? I'd love to hear - you can comment below.
A la perchoine.