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Y’all know I’m a big fan of balm cleansers, and the obsession doesn’t stop with this one. Darphin’s Aromatic Cleansing Balm with Rosewood is perfect for your morning pick-me-up (after scooping some of this up, I always take a deep inhale to get a whiff of it’s fragrance). This balm has the thickest and most viscuous texture I’ve used so far. I find that in the morning, my face can be puffy, and the thickness of the balm forces me to press it into my face to push the product around, breaking up the fluids and swelling in my face. I even use my ring fingers to smooth the product under my eyes and on my eyelids (my eyes are always puffy in the morn). This process wakes me up and brings my face back to normal in the morning.
This cleanser is not the best at removing stubborn eye makeup, and since you’re not technically supposed to use it on your eyes anyways, it’s all for the best, because should have removed all of your eye makeup the night before.
I use this in tangent with my washcloth/hot water/steam routine for a thorough cleanse in the morning. This cleanser is gentle, and won’t strip your face of any moisture. Skin is left soft, clean and smooth.
What do you do on Sunday nights? Nothing, probably other than sit at home depressed because tomorrow is Monday. What better way to get ready for the week than to deep clean your skin? I do this faithfully every single Sunday night to keep my face in ship shape and prevent breakouts.
Get your robe on, tie your hair back, and get ready.
Step 1: First cleanse
Start by using a balm cleanser (or coconut oil) to cleanse your face, neck and chest. I really like Ren’s balm cleanser, it is gentle and has a rose scent. Eve Lom‘s is also great (if you’re not opposed to mineral oil), as well as Darphin‘s. Massage the product in to your dry face for a minute or so, even getting the eye area to remove all makeup. (Darphin’s balm recommends avoiding the eye area, but I did it by accident, and it was fine for me and I have really sensitive eyes. Use your own judgement.
Now, grab a muslin cloth or facecloth. Soak it in the hottest water you can stand, wring it out, and apply to face. Take 3 deep breaths. Repeat this 3 times. Rinse the cloth, wring it out and rub your face with it to exfoliate.
Step 2: Extraction (optional)
You maybe have noticed that the hot water has brought some white heads to the surface. If you feel comfortable doing this, you can gently extract some of the whiteheads/blackheads at this time using some toilet paper and your fingers (stay away from the extraction tools!). I usually concentrate on the chin, nose and cheeks.
Step 3: Second cleanse
Using a gentler cleanser (I like Ren’s Mayblossom and Lancome’s Galatée Confort), apply the product to your dry face and massage for 1 minute. Repeat the washcloth method from Step 1.
Step 4: Exfoliate
Apply an exofiliating mask, such as Ren’s Glycol Lactic Radiance Mask to the face. Take a breather and watch some TV for the required time.
Step 6: Purify
Apply a clay mask (I use one from Kiehl’s) to your face, or if your skin is dry like mine, to your problem areas (nose, chin, forehead, whatever). Wait the required time, and watch some more TV.
Step 7: Hydrate
Apply a good overnight hydrating mask to your face, neck, and even around your eyes. Some masks say that you can remove the extra lotion from your face but I just leave it on all night.
Go to sleep and get your beauty rest.
Yesterday, after visiting the Catacombes, we headed over to City Pharmacie, the drugstore legendary for their amazing deals and selection of French pharmacy brands.