I love makeup to death, but at the end of the day, I want every speck of it off my face. It creeps me out thinking it’s lingering in my pores, so I go hard on my skin care regimen. Here’s what’s working for me:
First I pre-wash the majority of my makeup off with my hands and Noxzema deep cleansing cream ($4.39) – the kind in a big blue pot. (I pre-wash because I don’t like to get my Clarisonic brush too clogged up with makeup… it feels like I’m rubbing foamy old foundation around on my face.) I’m not especially attached to this cleanser, I mostly use it because I get to scoop handfuls out like ice cream.
Usually, my eye makeup sticks around even after the brush, so I rub in some Clinique Naturally Gentle Eye Makeup Remover lotion ($18) and wipe it off gently with tissue (cotton balls leave awful little fuzz strings in my lashes.)
After that, I swipe my face and neck with Clinique Clarifying Lotion 1 ($13) and CVS’s hugest cotton balls ever ($1.49). (I know, I’m sharing my favorite brand of cotton balls. But they’re seriously huge and luscious. I love them.) It removes the last traces of makeup or dirt and leaves my face feeling fresh.
If you haven’t heard about the Clarisonic brush, let’s talk about it.
I was completely unaware of it until last year, when it exploded into my magazines, my Sephora account, and even onto spa service menus (total esthetician cop-out, I say). After reading the reviews on Sephora, I snatched up a light pink Mia 2. It’s a little handheld thing with a soft brush (replacement heads vary in softness) that kind of vibrates when you turn it on. It’s waterproof, so you can use it in the shower, and it’s rechargeable – so no scrounging for batteries in your emergency flashlights. You can use it with any cleanser, and even gentle exfoliants.
My skin was completely decent before I used it, but afterwards – wow. It’s corny, but I actually felt the difference after the first use. Softer, smoother-looking skin with much smaller pores… amazing. I tried to use it on my husband for weeks, to no avail. (His loss.) At a wedding, a friend wiped a lipstick kiss off my cheek and shrieked, “Your skin is SO SOFT!” Clarisonic, homie.
The point is: if you want people to grab at your face with excitement, the Mia 2 should be in your skincare regimen. It’s not the cheapest tool on the market ($149 with replacement brush heads $20 each) but totally worth it, in my opinion.