The Faire Maiden’s Guide to Cleansing

8 May 2013

The Faire Maiden’s Guide to Cleansing


Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? No. Not until you wash your face for REALSY.


Allow me to explain.

I see a lot of clients with sad & patchy skin . . .uneven texture . . .clogged pores . . .and they all say “Woe is me” and I say “Doest thou wash thine face”  and they say “Aye, I doth wipe off my makeup in great haste before bed” and I say this:

Taking off your makeup is not cleaning your skin. Cleaning your skin is cleaning your skin. A little redundant I know. . . but seriously. . . taking off your makeup (a good thing!!) is not – I repeat NOT – the same as cleaning your skin! In fact, you are actually pushing makeup into your pores with every  swipe of the  baby wipe cleansing approach. Shudder. Your skin, no matter what your age, needs to be purified of all cosmetic and environmental sludge every.single.night. Cleaning your skin of all that yuckiness is a two step process – albeit an easy one. Thou shalt dissolve all makeup and follow with a cleanse. Bonus points for exfoliating.

 Auntie Sarah’s Thou Shouldst Wash Thine Freaking Face (patent pending) recommendations :

 Aye, that’s the rub. (a.k.a. The Makeup Removal)

dhc3DHC Cleansing Oil: Sounds scary – is actually really great. Emulsifies makeup and removes it completely. $26 but will last you 6 months I swear.





upandupUp & Up Cleansing Wipes: Okay I know I said they were the devil but only if you’re not cleansing for REALS afterward. I like these ones from Target because they are a fraction of the cost of PONDS or OLAY.  $3.99 Target





Cleanse the Stuff’d Bosom of the Perilous stuff (a.k.a. The Cleanse)

Combination to Oily: Use a gel.


I like Boscia Black Detoxifying Cleanser. Sulfate and Paraben free, it  kinda rocks my world. $28 Sephora


Dry to Combination: Use a cream Cleanser.


This one from Burt’s Bees is pretty rad with skin calming and hydrating ingredients like Chamomile and Aloe. $8


Out Damned Spot Out I Say (a.k.a. The Exfoliation)

clairsonUse a Clairsonic Cleansing Brush with your cleanser to become a skincare multitasker – exfoliate and cleanse at once. Like a Boss. $120 Sephora






unwrinkleUse my favorite lil daily peel pad like my favorite Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Pads 20% AHA/BHA complex will rid your mug of grodiness to be certain. $45 Sephora





Follow up with ye olde moisturizer and BAM – thou is cleansing thy money maker like a big girl. It’s but the work of a moment and over time it will transform your complexion. For realsy.  



Have a Beautiful Day!