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.


  • The consistency of the milk jelly sounds wonderful! Great post.

    Anika xo | anikamay.co.uk

    • Thank you 🙂 Yes, it is fresh but quite thick at the same time and of course very smooth as well!

  • I only use gel cleansers (sometimes creamy ones during the winter) and they work the best for me + I really like the gel consistency (gel creams <3 <3). Can't wait to get my hands over this Glossier Cleanser.. I've never thought of doing facial massages because I'm so lazy, but I'd like to do some sort of massage on my neck and eyes area. Thanks for this "reminder" 🙂

    Caterina | caterinasosso.com

    • Yes, I cannot wait for Glossier to start shipping in Europe so I can try more products as well! You’re welcome, facial massages always offer a little bit of rest for the eyes, this is actually the area where I see the most results the next day!

  • I really want to try the Milky Jelly. Come on Glossier…please hurry to the UK xxx

  • clare⭐

    I wish glossier would hurry up and come to the UK!


  • I love the Omorovicza one & like the sound of the Elemis cream cleanser. I recently bought the Sarah Chapman Facial Massager & am hooked already xx


    • Glad to hear that! Oh I’m not aware of this product, I will check it out 🙂

  • I do take my time whenever I cleanse my skin with a balm cleanser meaning I will massage my face for at least 5 minutes. Not sure if I’m massaging it right but it’s always from the mid of my face outwards. I don’t find creamy cleansers to be as effective for massage though but maybe I just haven’t found the right tone.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

    • That is funny because I find balm cleanser too ‘pulling’ on the skin to use as a facial massage cleanser, maybe I’m not using them right… Yes this is the first rule I’ve learned 🙂

  • I think it’s really important to take the time to massage your skin when applying cleaner, oils etc. Nit only is it good for your skin but it feels relaxing too x


  • Ha, I promised myself looking more into that in 2017 as well. I guess I will try again the next time I try to to some resolutions…

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • You just have to incorporate it into your routine and once it is done, it is quite easy to remember 🙂

      • Yes, it is this first step that is my problem. I always think: Tomorrow…

  • You have to try the Shiseido Pureness Foaming Cleanser! It’s my favorite and it motivates me to cleanse my skin every single day!

    Have an awesome day!

    xx Kris


    • Oh, thank you for the recommendation, I will definitely check it out as I don’t know it yet! Have a lovely day as well 🙂

  • These are all brands I want to try, Glossier especially. So excited they are in the UK now. Great post x

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

  • Molly

    These all look so pretty. I’m gonna have to try them out.

    Website: https://www.eyeconicsociety.co.uk/