Scrub a dub dub - here are seven of our favourite skincare products to make sure your face is squeaky clean.
For about the same price as a takeaway sandwich, your skincare routine will thank you for introducing this hero product. Promising up to 400 uses, this 'Micellear Cleansing Water' literally acts like a magnet to remove stubborn makeup and grime while leaving your face refreshed, smooth and soothed.
2. SKYN Iceland
With its paraben-free products and organic ingredients, SKYN Iceland is one of our most exciting beauty discoveries this year. The 'Pure Cloud Cleanser' lives up to its name, with its lighter-than-air consistency leaving skin gently moisturised. For best results, use with tepid water and the included muslin cloth.
€24, Marks and Spencers
3. Boots Botanics
Boots' own range Botaincs Skincare is so committed to finding the best in natural ingredients, it works exclusively alongside The Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, England. Therefore, the next time you pick up a product with calming marshmallow, brightening hibiscus, firming purple orchid or nourishing rosehip - you can be guaranteed that the active ingredient is coming from an ethical, genuine and sustainable source. The 'Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm' is an excellent choice to remove a day's worth of heavy makeup as it effectively wipes away every last trace of cosmetics from pores while leaving the skin nourished thanks to jojoba oil, shea butter and rosehip.
4. Nimue Skin Technology
The cult South African skincare company recently launched 'Cleansing Milk' - and it's already going down a treat in salons and spas. Like its name would suggest, it is a thick and luxurious cream enriched with milk peptides, ceramide-3, lactic, glycolic and citric acid, yet it doesn't block pores (hurrah!).
There was a considerable buzz when this legendary French brand launched in Ireland earlier this month. And, the hype was warranted. Since the 1970s, Bioderma has been at the forefront of skincare research and its products aimed towards specific skin concerns have become legendary. Four of the brand's ranges will be stocked in various pharmacies around the country including Sensibio, which is specifically geared towards redness-prone and sensitive skin. For those who suffer from rosacea, the 'Make-up Removing Micelle Solution' is ideal as it is free from alcohol, fragrances and parabens but still manages to do an effective cleanse.
€5.50, selected pharmacies nationwide including Lloyds, Sam McCauleys and Hickeys
Ok, we've been harping on about the benefits of oil cleansers for long enough that hopefully you believe us by now. In an attempt to keep shine at bay, people tend to opt for oil-free products. However these can strip our skin of its natural oils, which in turns causes it to produce more oil in an attempt to rebalance. Simply put - using a cleansing oil keeps the skin's natural pH balance as it actually uses the good oils present in your skin to remove the bad oils. Irish skincare brand Kinvara have garnered a cult following thanks to their ‘Absolute Cleansing Oil’ which promises to remove every last trace of makeup and dirt while simultaneously leaving your skin clean and smooth.
€20, selected stockists and kinvaraskincare.com
A brand specifically targeted to preventing blemishes while maintaining healthy skin, Clearogen's 'Foaming Facial Cleanser' keeps skin balanced and clean while keeping pesky breakouts at bay. This product contains Salicylic acid, a peeling agent, which helps exfoliate skin and break down black-heads thus helping those suffering from acne or temperamental skin.
€24.99, selected pharmacies nationwide and clearogen.ie