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Cleansing is arguably the most important part of your skincare routine and something you should never skip! Not only is a good cleanse vital to remove old product before you layer more on top, but it also gets rid of residue from the environment (pollution, dirt, etc.), which gets lodged in pores, leaving skin dull and tired, and often leading to breakouts.
Generally speaking, a basic skincare routine consists of cleanser, serum, and SPF, and most of your money should go towards serum (as that’s where you’ll find the majority of your active ingredients. SPF is second, followed by cleanser – approximately a 70/20/10 ratio between the three. Why? Because the cleanser goes onto your face then straight down the drain.
Spend a lot, and you might as well throw your money that way too – which is why Cetaphil is one of my favourite, low-costs brands, providing solid, staple products that are high in quality but low in price. Get the combination right, and you’ve half your skincare regime sorted.
Let’s start with the Gentle Skin Cleanser – this is fragrance and soap-free, and advertised for face and body, something I’m often cautious of. However, this is so gentle and nourishing, it’s perfect for the face and, in fact, I wouldn’t go as far as using it as a body cleanser, because it would get used up far too fast. As a basis for any good skincare regime, though, it’s perfect.
The formula is for dry, sensitive skin, which I’d say is OK for combination and normal too. If particularly oily, however, I’d avoid, as it’s quite heavy and could sit in pores.
Hand in hand with the cleanser comes Cetaphil’s Moisturising Lotion, which is again fragrance-free and non-comedogenic (not likely to cause pore blockages and breakouts), meaning its pretty much a great all-rounder. Confusingly, this is advertised as a body moisturiser on the front, but on the back says it, “can be applied daily to the face and body as often as needed.” Given the gentle formula, I think it’s safe.
Yes, both of these products are basic, but they’re foolproof options that really work and won’t break the bank. For 236ml the cleanser and moisturiser both retail at £8.99 a piece, freeing up the rest of your budget for active serums that’ll really work the magic.