My current cleanser stash
So far, I have at least eight cleansers that I use in turns, with some of my most favourites in the photo below. Most of my cleansers are either from local organic brands like Human Nature and the rest are from Japanese brands like Senka, FANCL, Kose and Rosette. I find that these deliver the best results when it comes to dealing with dirt, keeping the skin moisturised — plus, they have skin-nourishing benefits and they don't make you break the bank.
The five-day experience
For five days in a row, I only relied on reverting back to good ol' beauty soaps for my cleansing routine. At first, I thought, "How bad can it be?" That is until I actually got into it.
I'm a pretty heavy makeup user and giving up my oil cleansers really took a toll on how harsh I have to be to make sure my skin was clean enough. And even if I really took my time in cleansing using soaps, I still found traces of makeup clinging onto my cotton pads while I'm toning. Given this, I had to adjust my makeup routine to a bare minimum — meaning no eye makeup, skin tints over foundations, and definitely no cheek and lip tints — to make sure that I wouldn't put much toll on my skin when the time to remove the products came.
I also felt like my serums were not working as well considering how dry and dull my skin got from cleansing with soaps. It just felt flat and not even supple to the touch, losing that refreshed glow I usually have whenever I'm finished cleansing with proper cleansers. Thankfully, even though I have sensitive skin, the change in the routine didn't really cause me massive breakouts.