I seem to be on a bit of a skincare revamp in recent times. My skin decided to throw a major hissy fit in January where everything I used to do and use (I didn’t change any part of my regular skincare routine) no longer worked and I was breaking out like I was a teen again, yet experiencing serious dry skin. I knew I had to do something. I told you earlier about my toner + cotton pad rediscovery that helped me. Now, here’s something else I changed. I haven’t been using cleansing oils for over a month.
Not using cleansing oils to remove my makeup and as part of a double cleansing routine is something really big for me. I’m such a cleansing oil evangelist and I’ve used so many. It has been such a part of my skincare routine for so many years that it was almost impossible for me to just abandon it. But I did. Instead, I turned to using cream/milk cleansers.
As luck would have it, I didn’t own any, except 2. The last time I used a cream cleanser, it was the Neutrogena one. Worked a treat but I didn’t replenish because… you guessed it; I went back to my oil cleansers. However, after rooting around, I discovered 2 – Swissline Water Shock Comforting Emulsion Cleanser and Yves Rocher Hydra Vegetal Hydrating Cleansing Milk.
I have been using them both this past month and I have to say that its different. My skin actually stopped feeling so dry and tight and it really seemed to help my skin feel more comfortable. Naturally, its also made me curious about trying other cream or milk cleansers Do you use any? Interestingly enough, both the cream/milk cleansers I’ve been using come in 2 different price categories
Splurge: Swissline Water Shock Comforting Emulsion Cleanser – RM198/160ml
The name of the product is that of Emulsion Cleanser but I feel that it is more of a cream. It pumps out quite thick, like a cream and applies on skin very much like a cream. It serves to remove makeup without drying out the skin and in fact, does a pretty decent job. I don’t use it about the eyes, because I use a separate eye makeup remover for the eye area (the same principles as that I’ve explained before apply).
With this one, I do not use a cotton pad. Instead, on dry face and with dry hands, I pump out about 2-3 pumps of the cleanser and massage it all over my face, giving myself a mini face massage as I go. I then rinse off or you can tissue off, and it leaves my skin feeling quite lovely and clean. Unlike oil cleansers that really deep clean, and sometimes leave skin feeling dry, this one leaves my skin feeling comfortable and hydrated. I do follow up with a foaming cleanser because it makes me feel more comfortable but you technically do not have to.
I did realise however, that I could not use this one too often or I’d break out. I’m not quite sure why this is so but I’m good to use it about 2-3 times a week, but not too often. Not bad either because its terribly pricey! If I have heavier makeup on, its back to the oil cleansers I go. This one doesn’t do as good a job at removing long wearing makeup.
(1) Swissline Water Shock Comforting Emulsion Cleanser (2) Yves Rocher Hydra Vegetal Hydrating Cleansing Milk
You can probably tell from these swatches the difference in texture of the product.
Save: Yves Rocher Hydra Vegetal Hydrating Cleansing Milk – RM49.90 /200ml
Unlike the Swissline Water Shock Emulsion Cleanser, I can’t use this cleansing milk without cotton pads. I’ve tried it using just my hands to massage it into my skin but it seems to get absorbed and doesn’t make me feel like its doing a good job cleaning my skin of makeup. So, I dispense some product onto a cotton pad and then wipe it over my face.
I do find that it does a fair job at removing most of my face base makeup but if its a longwearing product, then I do need more time to remove it. I also find myself having to go through quite a few cotton pads just to get my face clean and I do have to go over at least twice; but when I do, my skin feels very nice. It feels cool, hydrated and clean and I haven’t even washed it again yet
As the name implies, the texture is more liquid and runny as opposed to the Emulsion Cleanser. It spreads quite easily on skin and when I use the cotton pad, I apply it in circles so my skin gets a little massage at the same time. It smells of the fresh green scent like the other Hydra Vegetal products and is just as affordable.
Of the two, I’m going to pick the Yves Rocher cleansing milk simply because I can use it for weeks straight without experiencing any breakouts, and its affordable and works. I do think they are both fairly good products of themselves, and I do like the convenience of not having to use cotton pads with the Swissline emulsion and the nice creamy texture but I need something that I can use at a stretch without having to worry about breakouts and without hurting my wallet too much.
I will also note that cream, milk or emulsion cleansers are usually targeted at those who have drier skintypes who will benefit from cleansing while hydrating the skin. I personally benefited from this and I’m starting to be sold on the idea of using milk/cream cleansers.
Granted, it does now take me longer to remove my makeup and cleanse my skin, and I do have to do all the cleansing before I get into the shower and it can be quite a hassle, I have to continue because my skin has decided that for now, at least, this is what it wants. Ah! Fickle skin!
Have you tried either product and have an experience to share? Do you have a cream / milk cleanser to recommend?
I’d love to know if you are using a cream or milk cleanser and how you like it. I do still double cleanse; its just that I substituted the oil cleanser with a cleansing milk. I know this isn’t for everyone but when skin throws a hissy fit, sometimes its worth taking two steps back and trying something new. Thankfully this worked!
Swissline is a salon brand and products are available at Energy Day Spa and various other salons. Yves Rocher is available at their stores in various neighbourhood malls and Fahrenheit 88 and 1 Utama