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  • Nicole Sherwin

It's Time For A Skincare Routine 1: Cleansers

Because if you’re over 30, you definitely need to know HTF to apply these to your face.

Note: all recommendations are author's own and prices are correct in AU$ at time of publication. Please ensure you know your own skin conditions before using any of the below recommendations.

It’s Time For A Skincare Routine- as discussed on Episode 11 of the Large Almond Latte Podcast.

Have you read the other parts? Make sure you get all your beauty hacks in order for your fresh new routine here.


Okay, by now we should know the drill. Remove that shit from your face first.  I don’t care how drunk you got during your Zoom party, get it off. 

I like the ‘face halo’ which has no chemicals, it’s just a microfiber towel with water, but you can also use micellar water or wipes, which while a strong contender for the lazy bitch will leave some residue on your face, (which you still need to then wash off with cleanser). Also, if you’re using make-up wipes and wonder why you’re 30 and still get breakouts… I just solved the case for you.

(JTY: guilty).

Cleansers come in different forms and strengths– Water, Gel, Oil and Foam. It’s really your choice based on what your skin’s hungry for. Note: if you get oily skin or are acne prone, please don’t use an oil cleanser. You’re trying to remove oil from your pores, not add more.

“I use a few cleansers and mix it up a bit depending on how my skin is feeling at the time (i.e. super dry or hydrated) and also I get bored” (Resident Beauty Expert, Skincare and Cosmetics, Julia ).

Our recs:

  • A plush gel cleanser, made with orange fruit water and PHA, that deeply cleanses and invigorates skin in one simple step without stripping skin.

  • It also smells like orange juice and leaves my skin feeling super soft!

  • Featuring botanical exfoliating spheres that gently polish the skin's surface, this foaming cleanser sweeps away make-up and impurities to reveal bright, fresh skin. Infused with wild rose and peony extracts, the skin-soothing, shine-reducing formula contains Nars' exclusive Light Reflecting Complex designed to restore radiance and reflect light.

  • This basically makes my skin feel super clean & soft – such a nice formula!

  • This hard-working cleanser is a saviour for stressed out, blemish-prone complexions in need of a deep clean. Formulated with white willow bark, a naturally-occurring form of salicylic acid, to banish breakouts and soothe irritation, Icelandic helps to fight inflammation and antioxidant-loaded cylindrical seed oil to prevent free radical damage and repair the skin's lipid barrier. This slightly foaming cleanser offers that squeaky clean, detoxified feeling without any associated drying, leaving the skin as balanced as can be.

  • This is basically my holy grail of cleansers.

  • This wash helps with breakouts and oil, and makes my skin so soft and clean.

For something cheap and amazing…

  • Formulated with Jeju Volcanic Cluster particles smaller than pores to help absorb excess oil for a clearer, less shiny complexion.

  • Skin has never felt cleaner!

  • CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser was developed with dermatologists to cleanse and refresh the skin without over-stripping it or leaving it feeling tight and dry. Featuring three types of essential ceramides and hyaluronic acid to hydrate the skin and help strengthen the protective skin barrier, this non-cosmogenic face wash is an effective yet non-irritating way to start off any skincare regime for normal to dry skin-and it uses MVE Technology to provide 24 hours of hydration.

  • Non-cosmogenic skincare products are those that are formulated in a way that does not block pores.


Before we move on to the next step exfoliating, let’s talk about acids, because they’re super-hot right now in the face industry and are in a lot of products I’m going to talk about. That said, some acids can dissolve a whole human body, so I feel it's important to reiterate these are not those ones.

Acids in the skincare sense are generally referred to as either AHAs, BHAs or PHAs.  Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Beta Hydroxy Acids or Poly Hydroxy Acids.  AHAs exfoliate the top layer of skin.  They literally break down the bonds that hold cells together allowing you to shed your dead skin and rebirth a fresh layer of plumper, firmer, better textured skin.  Some AHA’s you may have heard of are Glycolic Acid, Mandalic Acid and Lactic Acid.  While AHA’s are for the top layer of the skin, BHA’s penetrate your pores like a Taylor Swift ballad penetrates your soul. They’re oil soluble, meaning they break down the oils and shit that get clogged in your pores causing your blackheads and breakouts.  The main BHA is Salicylic acid.  Obvi this is good for oily and acne prone skin.  PHAs are good for sensitive skin, reduced redness and rosacea and can compensate for some drying caused by AHAs.  You’ll find these don’t appear as much. It’s not an either/or situation.  You can totally use both, which we’ll get to later on.


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