FACIAL MASSAGE & CLEANSERS | THE EDIT
I do not do New Year’s resolutions, but this year I promise myself I will try to learn and practice facial massage as much as I can. More than 6 months later, I am pleased to report that I’m still quite religious about them, and if I’m not knowledgeable enough to dedicate an entire blog post to the methods and movements I use -at least not yet-, I’ve learned a lot about which cleanser work best with them, which consistencies respect the skin and which scents make the experience a little bit fancier than it sounds.
Whilst a wrong choice of cleanser doesn’t cause too much damage during an usual skincare routine, a facial massage definitely forces me to be more picky about the consistency I choose to work with: it has to glide easily on the skin, be thick so as to always protect the skin from the pressure of the hand, but it cannot be too oily or greasy as it stays on the skin for a significant amount of time and can cause breakouts. When my skin isn’t particularly dry or dehydrated, I find gels to be the perfect picks. Very summery with its bright blue shade and its refreshing scent, the Omorovicza Hydra Melting Cleanser –review– is my luxurious pick. Although it never stops cooling the skin, it looses its stickiness throughout the cleanse and almost transforms itself into a thick milk. Its little plus is probably the way my skin feels after using it: extra plump and extra smooth. Despite the name, the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser –more about it– sits more on the traditional side of things. However because it is a non-foaming gel, it stays very thick and smooth during the massage: the fingers glide very easily on the face and if the skin can be left a little bit drier than usual, it is also extremely soft and fresh.
A little bit more comforting than gels, milks and creams are my favourites when my skin is a little bit more sensitive, dehydrated or irritated than usual. They hug the skin, but also transform the facial massage into a therapeutic experience. From its relaxing scent to its rich, creamy consistency, the Elemis Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser –more about it– is a real treat for the skin. It actually is the cleanser which introduces me to facial massages, I just found the consistency too lovely to only use it for a couple of minutes. Quite unusual for a cream cleanser, it is also deeply purifying. That being said, it never leaves the skin dry or dehydrated, quite the contrary, it is the the perfect start to a pampering, hydrating evening! Finally, the Darphin Cleansing Milky Emulsion –review– sits somewhere in between a milk and a cream cleanser: it is thick, but still very smooth and soft on the skin. I like the sweet mix of verbena and baby product scent to it, it feels very reassuring whilst the texture is comforting without suffocating the skin either. It simply is a lovely balance between a thick and a light consistency, that is to say between a summery and a wintery cleanser.