OWN / Favourite cleanser
Confession: for the longest time I hardly cleansed my face. Sacrilege, I know. I’d moisturise and exfoliate weekly, and my skin would chug its bumps and dry patches along and I’d wonder why, in my 20s, it wasn’t better.
I’ve only ever used drugstore brand and Clinique cleansers, which after some research I’ve realised were probably too harsh on my dry, sensitive skin, not helped by London’s hard water. I also have some dark spots caused by acne scarring which I wanted to lighten instead of just to conceal, and I wanted to brighten my skin tone overall.
Having nosed around the internet, I ended up looking at Jurlique’s Purely White Skin Brightening line. It’s a gentle line using mostly natural ingredients meant to brighten (not whiten) the skin and reduce pigmentation. I already have good day and night moisturisers, so I decided to buy the Brightening Cleanser and the Brightening Essence - the priciest product - from the line. You’re supposed to use their Brightening Mist in between, but I didn’t want to add a fourth step to my everyday routine. So what I currently do*, except on exfoliating day, is I wash my face after my shower, splash cold water on my face and pat most of it off (to replicate the Mist step), then gently press the essence onto my damp skin before moisturising as usual.
I’ve used these two products for a month, generally cleansing only nightly. I love the cleanser - it’s gentle, but after using it my skin feels smooth and genuinely clean, not taut or tight in the least. As for the essence, I first made the mistake of using it on dry skin which irritated it - it’s fine on damp skin. My skin does feel tighter about 10 mins after I use it, which is quickly remedied by moisturising.
Overall I’m pleased with the line. I only use 2 of their 5 products, but even without my weekly face scrub my skin felt noticeably smoother, and the problematic little bumps I’d had on my chin and cheeks that exfoliation didn’t help with are now mostly gone or at least significantly reduced. The pigmentation on my skin from scarring also lightened after about 2-3 weeks of use, and my skin tone is brighter overall.
Bottom line: I’d definitely recommend these products if you had the skin problems I did.
* - My skin is far from perfect, and I’m looking to try a new exfoliator and mask to address other concerns, but it’s definitely better than it was before. I’ll let you know if the new routine/any of the new products become keepers!