For years, I have religiously removed my makeup every night. Granted, sometimes (especially after I’ve fallen asleep on the sofa) the idea is as appealing as sticking pins in my eyes. However, I am very aware that skipping it results in clogged pores, breakouts, mucky pillows and eventually can lead to prematurely aged skin.
The key is to make cleansing at night as easy as possible.
My favourite go-to cleansers right now are the gels/oils that you apply directly to dry skin before rinsing off. Somehow removing that ‘wet your face first’ step makes a massive psychological difference for me. I’m currently using and liking Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel (£21). However, I was really curious and hopeful, when a product arrived that claimed to remove my makeup without need for cleanser only water required!
Introducing Afterspa – The Magic Makeup Remover! Priced at only £5.50 and claiming to work for up to 1000 washes, if this worked, my bank balance and I were about to get very happy.
To ignite the magic, I just had to wash the ‘cloth’ in the washing machine before first use (given that my washing machine is constantly on the go, this wasn’t a big ask) Once dry, the cloth was gloriously fluffy and soft.
That night, I wet the cloth with warm water and massaged over my face, apparently to break down impurities and remove all types of makeup. I did question for a moment whether I was just being fooled into washing my face with a fancy flannel and water, but if this was going to work, I was ready to be deceived. To give the product a good chance, I did massage for a good while, possibly even slightly longer than I would do with my cleanser. After a pat dry of the face, I was ready for my own (if I might add – cleverly devised) Bioderma test.
I always want to be confident that I have removed all traces of make-up after cleansing. To accomplish this I always sweep over – on a cotton pad – either a Micellar cleansing water or an exfoliating toner. For the purposes of this test I used my Bioderma Sensibio H2O (from £10 for 250 ml). The cleaner the cotton pad – and the less pads required, in my opinion, the better the result.
As you will see from the picture above, I required 2 cotton pads, with still a good trace of makeup appearing on them. However I was pleased to note no trace of any eye-makeup. Unfortunately, my skin didn’t feel particularly refreshed and nourished, despite the application of my night-cream.
I did the same test with my current cleanser the next evening and you can see that only one pad was required, with hardly any trace of makeup on it.
I would suggest the Afterspa would be more appropriate for people who don’t wear any or hardly any makeup and just need a ‘wash the day’ off solution. It’s also quite travel friendly (think light, small and not liquid!). I would consider taking it on my next overnight flight.
On the happy side, it’s reaffirmed my belief in the value of cleansers and the benefits derived from the slightly extra effort of using them.
Whilst this product has its uses, I can hear Cleansing manufacturers breathing a collective sigh of relief (for now).