The other day it hit me that I’m 27 years old (27 and 1/2 to be exact), and although I know I’m still young, it’s kind of crept up on me and come out of nowhere! As I’m sure many of you will understand, at 18 I envisioned being that typical “real” adult by the time I got to the age I am now, and having everything planned out and under control. Obviously that is not the case, with the exception of one thing, and that’s looking after my skin.
I have been focusing more on a proper skincare routine for quite a few months now, and I am always on the look out for new skincare products that thoroughly clean my skin whilst keeping my skin in good condition for the future.
Now unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you will have heard about the collaboration between beauty brand Pixi and skincare queen Caroline Hirons. Known as the Double Cleanse, it claims to be the answer to perfect skin. I’m sure you are all aware, but for those at the back, the Double Cleanse has two separate section; a solid cleansing balm that you use first to remove makeup, and a cleansing cream to properly cleanse your skin and prep it for the rest of your skincare.
You may wonder what’s the point of two cleansers or even that you don’t have time to cleanse twice, well at least that’s what I thought. However, it is important to remove makeup first otherwise the ingredients in the second cleanser won’t be able to work their magic, and after using this for some time I’ve realised it takes minutes to double cleanse, very speedy!
On to the actual cleansers.
Both have zero fragrance, which I think is great if you are sensitive to overpowering scents. Personally, I like a bit of fragrance in my skincare but being scent free is certainly not something that puts me off a product.
The solid cleansing oil melts ridiculously well onto my skin, and it feels comfortable enough to put on my eyes to remove my mascara and eyeshadow without it messing up my eyesight. You can literally see it soaking up all the makeup while you massage it over your face. It washes off easily and doesn’t leave any oily residue unlike other excessively oily cleansers.
Next the cleansing cream. It has a lovely texture that glides onto the skin and is a joy to use. It seems to get absorbed by my face, which I hope means all those skin-loving ingredients are actually reaching the deep layers of the epidermis. It washes off easily, leaving my face clean and soft without drying it out.
Overall, I think this is a wonderful product, however I’m not 100% sure it’s for me. I have been using it every evening for nearly a month now to see its effectiveness, and in terms of cleaning my skin it’s fabulous but may be causing me to break out more than usual. Obviously I get hormonal spots, but usually they disappear after a week. Since using this I have continued to develop spots, particularly on my chin, but also on my cheeks where I never normally get them. It recommends using a coin size amount of each cleanser, and I even reduced this by half and still had breakouts.
I would still recommend giving this a try, as the concept and product itself have been thought out and well executed. It may be more suitable for people who have dry to normal skin, considering how my oily skin has reacted. Although everyone’s skin is different, and if you have had success with similar cleansing formulas you may be ok, so definitely go for it!