I have used a lot of cleansers I like, but I don’t call everything a game changer. That’s why when I do, you’d better listen! I recently tried a couple of products that have revolutionized my cleansing routine. Meet *Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm and Kanebo Sensai Sponge Chief!
I had read so many positive reviews about Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm (RRP: 31 euros) that I was extremely excited when it became available in Belgium! This clear balm dissolves into oil upon contact with your skin. Just dab some onto your face (dry), start massaging away, and take it all off with a washcloth!
Here are the things I love the most about Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm:
a) The short and sweet ingredient list contains no potential irritant, making it perfect for even sensitive skin.
b) It just works! You can remove a full face of makeup with ease with this cleansing balm, including tenacious waterproof formulas.
c) It leaves no greasy film behind. Just smooth, soft, and cleansed skin!
I usually use it as my first cleanse, but you can also remove your makeup first and use this as a second cleanse instead. It is very versatile that way. The only other type of cleansers I have tried that is comparable would be cleansing oils. However, I personally prefer Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm, as it does the same thing while leaving the skin hydrated. Also, I like how there is no risk of the oil dripping or water splashing everywhere. The neat freak in me says “YES!”
To make Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm work even better, may I suggest Kanebo Sensai Sponge Chief?
A friend raved and raved about Kanebo Sensai Sponge Chief. When I finally spotted it at a local retailer (you can find a list of your local retailers on the site), I snatched it up, no questions asked (I paid 7-8 euros for it).
Long story short, Kanebo Sensai Sponge Chief is the best washcloth I have ever tried!
This squishy sponge comes in a zipper bag, which I am saving for future trips. What you are seeing here is 1/6 of the washcloth, so size-wise it is actually a bit bigger than a traditional washcloth.
What makes Sponge Chief so special?
First of all, pretty much whatever you wipe off from your face rinses clean. I have removed a full face of makeup with the Clinique cleansing balm and Sponge Chief several times. A quick rinse later, you wouldn’t even be able to tell what was on it! You can clean this more thoroughly with a bit of soap, but that’s all the maintenance it needs.
Second, I personally think it is much more hygienic than traditional washcloth. The material is antibacterial, and the fact that it completely dries stops the germs from breeding. It becomes hard when it is completely dry, but once you moisten it, it will be soft and squishy again.
Third, it is smooth and non-scratchy, but it exfoliates somehow. My skin always feels much softer and smoother afterwards compared with a regular washcloth. While my skin is not a fan of over-exfoliation, I have been using Sponge Chief on a daily basis (mostly at night with my cleansing balm/cream cleanser) without any problems. Forget about those fancy gadgets: this is the real deal (and the price tag is so much less painful as well)!
My friend told me that this has to be replaced after several months (when it can’t be rinsed clean anymore), but for the superior performance and easy maintenance, I can already tell you I will gladly repurchase. I don’t think you will feel much of a difference if you use foaming cleansers that you have to rinse off. However, if you use cleansing balm/cream cleanser/cleansing milk at all, Sponge Chief comes highly recommended!
Talking about Clinique, they have recently launched a new serum called *Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum. Apparently it can sense where your skin needs repair and deliver targeted action. I have absolutely no idea how it does that, but it sounds fancy! It contains some mineral pigment, so I think I’ll use it during daytime.
What is a skincare game changer you have recently discovered? Have you tried any of these?
Here is the ingredient list of Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm: