You know me. I’m always on the hunt for new and exciting products that not only look and feel good – but actually (and rather importantly) work. Besides, what’s not to love about a good face wash sesh? Know this: if you actually make the time to do it properly I’d bet your twice-daily face-wash will become your favorite grooming ritual. (And PS, grooming is all about the rituals.) In terms of products, I like to command and conquer by diversifying my portfolio – meaning one face wash could never suffice. And why should it? Your mug needs TLC, constantly. For instance are you in need of a mild cleanse or deep exfoliation? Do you enjoy a soapy, milky or foamy consistency? These things matter.
Recently I guinea-pigged myself out to Aesop’s Parsley Seed Facial Cleanser and, in true Aesop form, it was exceptional. A slight bubble, but nothing too abrasive. In all a sensory experience that soothed, calmed and cleansed. As for the details, lactic acid works to remove surface impurities and preserve “immaculately clean skin in polluted urban environments” – something I’m sure we all could benefit from. But then my quest for a clean face continued…
Enter Niven Morgan’s Double Play Facial Cleanser. This product is perfect for those on-the-go moments when you decide a good cleanse and exfoliation is necessary. With a mantra of “accomplishing more with less”, exfoliating jojoba beads and natural extracts work to create a gentle, pH balanced experience. A truly efficient face wash, I use this twice a week and before shaving.
With Ernest Supplies’ Soap Free Gel Wash, I definitely was drawn-in by the packaging. It reminds me of how NASA packs its astronaut food and, as a huge fan of Gravity, it became my mission to investigate. Experience-wise the consistency remained gel-like throughout, and worked to dissolve pore-clogging buildup while also fighting the effects of environmental damage. Rich in vitamin-C and anti-oxidants, the inclusion of hyaluronic acid serves to keep skin moisturized throughout. If you want to remember one thing, know that moisture is key.
– Photos by Alexander Atkins.