Cleansers: Cleaning up your act
It's your largest organ, and the only one visible to everyone. Your skin is the first thing that gives away your age, so it's worth making an effort to care of it.
Taking care of your skin should start in your teens and continue for the rest of your life. The more care you take, from cleansing to moisturising to eating well, the more it will pay off in later life. When your peers are rushing in for Botox, your skin will be years behind theirs in the ageing process.
Step one in every good beauty routine is cleansing. Your skin needs to be clean before cream or make-up goes on, which is why finding a cleanser to suit your skin is vital.
Simple Purifying Cleanser
(€5.89, most pharmacies and department stores nationwide) is the cheapest on the list but is great for sensitive skin. It doesn't contain any perfume or colouring and won't feel as if it has left any chemical residue on your skin.
Pro: Your skin won't react badly to this one and it's a great budget option.
Con: It can leave skin feeling a little bit dry. If you've got dry skin, you'll feel quite tight after using it.
Eve Lom Cleanser
(€68, Eve Lom counter in Harvey Nichols, Dundrum) is the holy grail of cleansers. Eve Lom's signature product is quite pricey, but with good reason. Using the muslin cloth you get with it, follow Eve's three-rinse tips and your skin will feel cleaner than it ever did before.
Pro: The combination of oil and beads means it gives the most effective clean of the lot.
Con: The hefty price tag. Plus it contains parabens, which a lot of people don't like in their cleansers these days.
Clinique Wash-off Gel Cleanser
(€21.50, Clinique counters nationwide) is great for oily skin. It's cooling, soothing and great for removing stubborn make-up. It goes from a gel to foam as you massage it into your skin. Great price for a Clinique product, and it goes a long way.
Pro: I found this one more soothing than the rest, so if your skin is in any way irritated, this one will ease the tightness.
Con: This irritated my eyes. It's not made for removing eye make-up, like Eve Lom or Shu Uemura, so beware.
Aveeno Positively Radiant Cleanser
(€.49, selected pharmacies nationwide) makes your face glow, literally. It contains a light shimmer, even though it's quite a basic cleanser, and it'll get rid of make-up and a day's worth of grime without feeling harsh.
Pro: You get a good result for a reasonable price. Of all five cleansers, this one gave the best overall result. You feel cleansed and you get a bit of a glow.
Con: If your cleansing routine needs the glamour of a cleansing oil, you'll be disappointed.
Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil
(€34, Shu Uemura counter in Brown Thomas Dublin) is another super-luxurious option. It's an oil, so you apply it to your face dry, rub it around your skin and then rinse it off with warm water.
Pro: Great price for a luxury product, and it takes off eye make-up with ease.
Con: I didn't feel as if I got a proper deep clean from it. If you need to feel seriously cleansed, you might need something with more grit.