I Stopped Using A Facial Cleanser For A Week, This Is What Happened | Clozette

How hard can it be? That's the first thing that came to mind when I was challenged to try this beauty experiment. The thing is, I only started getting serious about my skincare a couple of years ago and I've never really given much thought as to how omitting this significant part of my routine would change the way I do things. This is only in consideration of the fact that my skincare routine is dynamic at best, with me trying to change up products and methods once I feel like my skin has grown immune to a certain way of doing things. 


However, one thing that I actually forgot to consider is my long relationship with cleansers in the first place. Ever since I was nine years old, at the brink of puberty and the beginning of my 'problematic skin' era, cleansers were the skin care products I used without even knowing what skincare was. The idea of cleaning your skin with a product containing 'acne fighting beads' and 'anti-acne properties' was so appealing to my pubescent self that it sort of continued on to the present, especially now that I know the importance of proper cleansing post-makeup and pre-skincare ritual. 

So how exactly did I deal with a week of no cleansers? Read on to find out.

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. 

A variety of Japanese skincare products

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. 

A hand holding a jar of cleansing balm

Final thoughts

I must say that after this experiment, I realised how much I missed using cleansers and why they are so important when it comes to one's skincare. Just like having a good base to your makeup, cleansing properly and effectively serves as the foundation for your skincare routine and prepping your skin with a reliable cleanser really changes the way products work their magic. Not to mention the iffy feeling of not being able to take off all the gunk away from your pores after a long hard day. After five days of shelving my beloved cleansers, I'm glad to have them back! 

P.S. We battled out some cleansers to see which one would come out on top!



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Each month brings us a new batch of exciting beauty releases and we're not complaining. But with all the various product launches, it's hard to decide which ones are worth a try. As much as we want to buy and test out everything, it's not really possible. So many beauty launches, so little time, right? To help you with that, we've created a list of must-try beauty launches that we think are going to be the next best thing in your beauty collection. Keep reading to know which items made our list.

Etude House Double Lasting Cushion

A liquid foundation in a pink compact case.


Your favourite foundation from Etude House is now in compact form! It's available in eight shades, from warm and neutral shades to cool tones. It's still the same smudge-free, semi-matte formula that you love only now it's in a more portable body. 

Make Up For Ever Matte Velvet Skin

A pile of Make Up For Ever foundations in different shades


You don't need to sacrifice comfort for coverage with Make Up For Ever's Matte Velvet Skin. Dubbed as a new generation matte powder foundation, it promises a non-cakey formula that effectively blurs imperfections and delivers long-lasting wear for up to twelve hours. It's available in 30 shades to match every skin tone.

Clarins Skin Illusion

A bottle of liquid foundation.


Do you have dry or dehydrated skin and tend to have dry patches when putting on foundation? Then you should try the Clarins Skin Illusion, which is formulated with hydrating Mary’s thistle oil and red Jania extract that encourages the elimination of dead skin cells. The serum-like texture of this foundation will give your complexion an even and luminous finish. It's a radiance booster that's perfect for a barely-there, naturally radiant, flawless look. The Clarins Skin Illusion is available in five shades from Ivory to Honey.

MAC Cosmetics Studio Fix

An animated GIF of various make up items including a bottle of liquid foundation, a concealer, a contour palette, a powder foundation, a concealer and corrector palette.

Studio Fix Fluid Foundation, SGD56/~USD40.72; Studio Fix 24-Hour Smooth Wear Concealer, SGD36/~USD26.18; Studio Fix Sculpt and Shape Contour Palette, SGD82/~USD59.62, Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation, SGD56/~USD40.72; Studio Fix Conceal and Correct Palette, SGD68/~USD49.44

We're all for inclusivity in beauty and that's why we're excited to report that MAC Cosmetics has just launched 18 new shades of the iconic Studio Fix Fluid Foundation! And the good news doesn't stop there; the expanded Studio Fix spectrum also includes 33 shades of the new Studio Fix 24-Hour Smooth Wear Concealer, a new all-in-one Studio Fix Sculpt and Shape Contour Palette, 53 shades of Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation and an expanded version of the Studio Fix Conceal and Correct Palette. Isn't that wonderful?

Marc Jacobs Beauty Fall 2018 collection

A collage of make up products. First, a number of gel powder eyeshadow in different shades are scattered about with brushes; Second, two gel uncapped gel eyeliners.

O!Mega Shadow Gel Powder Eyeshadow, Price unavailable; Fineliner Ultra-Skinny Gel Eye Crayon, SGD32/~USD23/27; Highliner Glam Glitter Gel Eye Crayon, Price unavailable

For this season, Marc Jacobs Beauty turns their attention to the eyes, introducing new eye makeup and tools. First is the Fineliner Ultra-Skinny Gel Eye Crayon, which is the brand's thinnest pencil for precise definition. Next i the O!Mega Shadow Gel Powder Eyeshadow and the Highliner Glam Glitter Gel Eye Crayon with an innovative gel formula and a glitter finish. We can't wait to try different looks with these goodies!

THREE Cosmetics Autumn/Winter 2018 collection

An animated GIF of cosmetic products including five bottles of matte lipstick in different shades, a metallic lip gloss, and 10 bottles of liquid eyeshadow, and two blush palettes.

Twist for Eye, SGD48/~USD34.90; Lyrical Lip Bloom, SGD48/~USD34.90; Lyrical Lip Ami, SGD48/~USD34.90; Cheeky Chic Blush, SGD43/~USD31.27

THREE Cosmetics launches their Autumn-Winter collection with four new products. For lips, there's the Lyrical Lip Bloom line featuring five new matte colours and the Lyrical Lip Ami, which is a gloss that can accentuate lips with a soft metallic shimmer. For eyes, you can try the new Alchemist Twist For Eye. It's a liquid eyeshadow designed to give a deep, matte texture to the eyelids. Finally, for blush, THREE introduces two new colours for that lit-from-within glow look.

Dior Rouge

A collage of cosmetic products. On the left is a vivid red lipstick; On the right a dozen pens of lip liners.

Price unavailable

Loves red lipsticks? You'll be delighted with the Dior Rouge collection featuring 26 shades of vivid red in a hydrating formula with wearing power of up to 12 hours. It's accompanied by the Dior Rouge Ink Lip Liner, the first liquid lipstick in a couture pen available in 12 shades. You can never go wrong with red!

Estee Lauder Pure Color Desire

3 lipsticks with golden cases.


Estee Lauder presents their new luxury lipstick range dressed in a modern, ultra-luxe golden faceted lipstick case. This hydrating lipstick is available in rich, creme finish and bold chrome. It comes in various captivating shades, from nudes and plumes to reds and pinks. 

Kat Von D Liquid Liners

An animated GIF of 3 different Kat Von D liquid liners

Beauty Lash Liner, SGD32/~USD23.27; Beauty Dagger Tattoo Liner, SGD32/~USD23.27; Beauty Ink Well Long-Wear Matte Eyeliner, SGD32/~USD23.27

Kat Von D Beauty will be releasing a total of three new liquid liners this month. First is the Lash Liner, which has an easy, high-precision, ultra-pigmented formula. Second is the Dagger Tattoo Liner that promises ease in drawing the perfect wing. Last but not the least is the Ink Well Long-Wear Matte Eyeliner, which features a long-lasting formula and comes in a huge array of colours. 

Benefit Brow Contour Pro

A silver brow pencil.


Transform shapeless, flat eyebrows to on-fleek contoured brows with Benefit's new Brow Contour Pro. It's an easy-to-use, 4-in-1 brow defining and highlighting pencil, featuring both one light and dark brow shade, an edge definer and arch highlighter for clean brows with dimension. It's available in five versatile shades. 

Clarins Multi-Active Eye

A pink tube of Clarins Multi-Active Eye


Clarins presents the new Clarins Multi-Active Eye that promises to preserve radiant, youthful-looking eyes. The formula is infused with teasel extract, which has fatigue-fighting properties and works by limiting the porosity of blood capillaries.  

Guerlain Abeille Royale Double R Renew & Repair Serum

A bottle containing two age-defying skincare serums with a golden cap.


Meet the newest addition to Guerlain's age-defying line, the Abeille Royale Double R Renew and Repair Serum. Consisting of exclusive Black Bee Royal Jelly, the serum delivers radiance and firmness to the skin while reducing wrinkles and tightening pores. It contains "lamellar gel," which has the power of AHA to help with skin renewal. This new formula also targets the TIEG1 gene, a gene responsible for encouraging proper skin structure to both stimulate the synthesis of hyaluronic acid and repair fragmented collagen.

FRESH Vitamin Nectar Glow Water & Powder

Green sachets of vitamin C powder and a white bottle of antioxidant water, all spread among thin slices of oranges and orange leaves.

Vitamin Nectar Vitamin C Glow Powder, SGD66/~USD47.99 (12 sachets); Vitamin Nectar Antioxidant Glow Water; SGD39/~USD28.36

Get that glass skin with these unique Vitamin C-infused products from FRESH. The Vitamin C Glow Powder is a glow-boosting treatment facial that instantly brightens skin and tightens pores and is said to contain one of the highest Vitamin C concentrations in the market. After, spritz your face with the Antioxidant Glow Water face mist, which promises antioxidant protection and skin nutrition.

Gucci Bloom Nettare di Fiori EDT

A box with monochromatic floral print and a thick black border standing beside a pink bottle of perfume, bearing the same monochromatic design.

SGD175/~USD127.24 (50ml)

This elegant perfume is part of the first women’s portfolio of fragrances by Alessandro Michele. It's a floral scent that captures flowers at the fullness of their bloom. The top notes are Ginger and Rose and the base notes are Patchouli, Musks and Osmanthus. Feminine notes of Rose and the Osmanthus flower are intensified in combination with the blend of Jasmine, Rangoon Creeper and Tuberose at the heart of the fragrance. 

UOMO Salvatore Ferragamo Signature

A black bottle of perfume

SGD119/~USD86.52 (50ml)

Get enveloped into the rich aroma of the third chapter of the UOMO franchise. It has top notes of grapefruit, Mandarin Italy, pink pepper, a heart of cypress, green cardamon and cinnamon, and closes with the base blend of tonka bean absolute, roasted coffee, patchouli and leather. It's the perfect gift for the best man in your life or you can also wear it if you love deep, woody scents.

Don't miss last month's launches, check them out here.