Updated: Jan 5

Not Another Skincare Routine aims to bring back fresh faces for the unfiltered with the help of clean beauty products and tutorials. We've done all the research, so you don't have to. 

Breaking down Step One

Nothing feels better after a long day than to cleanse and let our skin breathe. Removing dirt, sweat and makeup allows the skin to repair and renew itself. With so many cleansing options, it can be challenging to figure out which is the right product for you. As the first step in Not another Skincare Routine, it's crucial to get this right if we are to truly receive the benefits of the products we apply afterwards. Never purchase the wrong product again!

In this article, you will learn:

  • Break down of each type of cleanser 

  • Who should try them

  • Pros and Cons

  • The right way to apply them

  • The right way to remove them

  • Which products I recommend the most!

Cleansing Milk

This product has a milky non-lathering texture and contains moisturizing oils and emulsifiers.

Dry/ Sensitive/ Normal Skin

Pro: A gentle cleanser that won't leave your skin feeling dry or tight after. 

Con: May leave behind some residue if not properly removed and will become a barrier that prevents topical products from penetrating.

Apply the product over dry skin and massage all over face and neck in a circular motion for at least 30 seconds. The oil in the product will attach to the oils in your skin and lift the grime.

*Removal is imperative using a cotton/ muslin face cloth soaked and wrung in hand-hot water or cotton pad. 

*Not for acne-prone skin

Ren Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk Caudalie Gentle Cleansing Milk 

Cleansing Cream

This product is thick and creamy in texture and contains moisturizing oils, emulsifiers, and waxes.

Dry/ Eczema Sensitive/ Normal/ Mature skin

Pro: Similar to Cleansing milk, will cleanse skin without stripping natural oils. Good for redness and inflammation.

Con: May leave behind some residue and if not properly removed, will become a barrier that prevents topical products from penetrating.

Apply the product over dry skin and massage all over face and neck in a circular motion for at least 30 seconds. Remove with a cotton/ muslin face cloth soaked in hand-hot water or rinse with warm water. 

*Great for dry/ sensitive skin

Try Cera Ve Hydrating Cleanser

Try Paula's Choice Hydrating Gel-to-cream Cleanser

Cleansing Oil

This product is typically a plant-based oil. 

All Skin Types

Pro: Gentle way of removing pore-clogging debris, waterproof makeup, and excess oil.

Con: Must be properly removed to prevent buildup 

Put 2 to 3 pumps of cleansing oil into the palm of your hand. Spread between your palms and then apply to your face and neck. Take a clean muslin/ cotton cloth, Soak it in hand-hot water, wring it out, and put it over your face. Then, gently wipe everything away.

*Not all oils are good for your skin. Stay away from comedogenic oils (those that clog pores) Coconut oil, Cocoa butter 

Try Votary Rose Geranium and Apricot Cleansing Oil

Malin + Goetz Facial Cleansing Oil

Cleansing Gel

This product is of thick gel consistency that provides a smaller amount of foam and is designed for deep cleansing.

Oily/ Combination/ Normal/ Acne-prone Skin 

Pro: Good for unclogging pores while removing excess oil and acne-causing bacteria from the surface of your face. 

Con: Can strip the skin of natural oils. May leave skin feeling dry and tight.

Splash the face and eyes generously with warm water. Apply a small amount of cleanser to your face using vigorous yet gentle circular motions for 30 seconds. Rinse clean with lukewarm water.

Aesop Fabulous Facial Cleanser

Malin + Goetz Grapefruit Cleanser

Cleansing Foam

This product is light and airy. Creates a foamy lather.

Oily/ Acne/ Combination/ Normal skin.

Pro: Removes excess oil and sebum but can also provide gentle exfoliation if it contains the right ingredients

Con: May leave skin feeling tight or dry and strip natural oils 

Apply a pearl-sized amount to damp face. Massage well for 30 seconds then rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.

*Must be sulfate-free to avoid irritation

Omorovicza Cleansing Foam</