Good cleanser that doesn’t need washing off?

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Happyelfjokeday Sat 17-Apr-21 08:07:24

Looking for some advice from the wise skincare experts on this board pretty please!
My skin has never been great (spots), I started using skin & me 2 months ago to try and sort it. I can’t say I’ve seen a huge difference although possibly feels a bit smoother. Anyway, will continue for longer as I know it can take a while.
I like to cleanse using a fluid I can wipe on with cotton wool pads - have been using micellar water but have seen on a few threads that this isn’t hugely effective. I’m hardly ever wearing make-up these days so that isn’t an issue.
Just wondering if there are any nice cleansers people would recommend that aren’t face-wash style ones, for some reason I don’t love the act of ‘washing’ my face at night - possibly due to pure laziness but I do think it wakes me up a bit which I don’t really want.
Any ideas? Happy to spend a reasonable amount if needed - thank you!

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suziedoozy Sat 17-Apr-21 08:09:26

I know it’s not quite what you we’re looking for but I use the REN Rosa centiflora hot cloth cleanser - smell nice & it’s hard that goes soft & use a nice warm flannel to wipe off. I find the warmth is relaxing and it’s done wonders for my skin.

Jumpers268 Sat 17-Apr-21 08:18:11

Are you double cleansing or just using micellar water? Do you then follow with anything after?

RockaLock Sat 17-Apr-21 08:24:14

Hi OP, I use Dermalogica ultra calming cleanser. Whenever I try something new, I always come back to this one!

I just apply & wipe off with cotton pads, although I do use a toner afterwards just to get rid of any last traces of cleanser.

Jumpers268 Sat 17-Apr-21 08:25:04

Oh just seen that you're using skin & me. That's probably quite strong so I'd recommend a gentle cleanser. This one doesn't need to be washed off.

www.boots.com/la-roche-posay-toleriane-dermo-cleanser-200ml-10083653?cm_mmc=bmm-buk-google-ppc-_-beauty-_-La+Roche-Posay%7CAll-_-UK_Generic_La+Roche-Posay+DSA&gclsrc=aw.ds&&gclid=CjwKCAjwjuqDBhAGEiwAdX2cj1HOeKeMroW_H9zlPBwzrAF6bPYxgrcHXd6I4Nk57AfSj3KQX1ooQBoClOMQAvD_BwE

smile

Happyelfjokeday Sat 17-Apr-21 08:50:18

No not double cleansing (this is the laziness coming through!) so just looking for 1 thing that can do the job. Thanks so much for the suggestions so far will have a look (probably not the flannel one though- again I suspect I will feel this is too much work so would do for a week and then give up)

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Happyelfjokeday Sat 17-Apr-21 08:55:11

That La Roche Posay one looks good - think I will try that one first, as it’s cheaper than the Dermalogia one 😀, and keep the details of the other one in case I don’t get on with it. Thank you all, appreciate your help.

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RockaLock Sat 17-Apr-21 09:00:04

I've also used the LRP one, and it's quite nice, but I personally prefer the texture of the Dermalogica.

But I do sometimes swap back to the LRP when I'm not feeling so well-off grin

Apileofballyhoo Sat 17-Apr-21 09:09:19

Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser doesn't need to be rinsed off either. Normally less than £10 on beauty expert or look fantastic. You might need to use it twice to remove sunscreen, but I'd say the same for the LRP. You could do micellar water first and then either the LRP or the Avene.

RockaLock Sat 17-Apr-21 16:50:23

OP, if you haven't already bought the LRP cleanser, then Escentual have 1/3 off all their French pharmacy brands at the moment, so it's worth having a look there for either the LRP or the Avene.

Happyelfjokeday Sat 17-Apr-21 18:07:03

Ooh thanks for top tip! Needless to say not quite got round to the purchase yet so great to maximise savings

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Jumpers268 Sat 17-Apr-21 18:26:40

Also OP, as @RockaLock mentioned, you may want to use a toner after to make sure you've got all the cleanser off smile.

louisethedisease Sat 17-Apr-21 18:34:53

Fresh kambucha cleanser is exactly what you are looking for and it's brilliant

GrumpyHoonMain Sat 17-Apr-21 18:39:01

Happyelfjokeday

Looking for some advice from the wise skincare experts on this board pretty please!
My skin has never been great (spots), I started using skin & me 2 months ago to try and sort it. I can’t say I’ve seen a huge difference although possibly feels a bit smoother. Anyway, will continue for longer as I know it can take a while.
I like to cleanse using a fluid I can wipe on with cotton wool pads - have been using micellar water but have seen on a few threads that this isn’t hugely effective. I’m hardly ever wearing make-up these days so that isn’t an issue.
Just wondering if there are any nice cleansers people would recommend that aren’t face-wash style ones, for some reason I don’t love the act of ‘washing’ my face at night - possibly due to pure laziness but I do think it wakes me up a bit which I don’t really want.
Any ideas? Happy to spend a reasonable amount if needed - thank you!

My sister’s skin was like yours all her life and it became clear within a week once she started double cleansing, and washing the grime and makeup off at night. She uses just a standard cleansing cream first to get rid of grime, then pats it with a little water and uses a gentle foaming cleanser.

KoalaOok Sat 17-Apr-21 20:20:24

Not sure you are going to like this suggestion as you said not washing your face...

Olay do some wipes you wet with water and then they foam up and then you rinse the cloth and wash it off your face with it. They are VERY wasteful and I only use them when travelling. But to me they are the same effort as using cleanser and getting it off with cotton wool and your face doesn't get too wet doing it.

KoalaOok Sat 17-Apr-21 20:20:56

So yeah.. basically washing your face grin sorry

Fkrkrodps Sat 17-Apr-21 20:23:18

Have you tried using the cleansers suggested by Skin and Me? I found their suggestions to be good. Obviously skin is notoriously fussy....

Happyelfjokeday Sat 17-Apr-21 22:03:23

KoalaOok

So yeah.. basically washing your face grin sorry

wink haha. I guess it’s slightly different to washing your face...?! (Slightly!)

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felulageller Sat 17-Apr-21 22:15:10

I use simple cleanser- wipes off then toner if I think there's residue.

If I wear make up (rare) I use a make up remover first.

I also do a mask in the bath once a week.

yellowsun Sun 18-Apr-21 00:57:40

Sorry I know it’s not what you asked but washing your face properly is so key to keeping your skin clear. It seems a waste to invest in prescription skin care and just to wipe a product around your face instead of washing.

sweetchillidumplings Sun 18-Apr-21 01:02:27

https://www.superdrug.com/Skin/Face-Skin-Care/Cleansers/Cleansing-Oil/Superdrug-Vitamin-E-Dual-Phase-Cleansing-Oil-150ml/p/297500

I've been using this on a cotton pad recently, it really takes away everything without leaving any oil behind and it doesn't irritate my (sensitive) skin at all.

Allthefilmsarecrap Sun 18-Apr-21 01:06:35

I bought this for exactly the same reason you’re looking for one.
I then use a clean and clear effort afterwards so I’ve still ‘double cleansed’. It’s called cleansing lotion but it’s blue coloured water type stuff not creamy like you’d usually think of a lotion.

All can be done in bed grin

LifeInAHamsterWheel Sun 18-Apr-21 12:03:21

I agree with others saying that to get get your skin properly clean you really should wash it.

I hear you on the laziness thing though, and my advice would be to bring your routine forward a bit. I find just before bed all I am bothered to do is clean my teeth. I like to use interdental brushes too and this is a faff if I'm really tired. So now I do all my cleansing earlier in the evening. Double cleanse my face, clean my teeth, use my brushes, apply all my creams etc. I listen to some music while doing it. Then I can just fall into bed later and not have to force myself to do anything to my face! (and it stops late night eating as my teeth are all clean!)

Jumpers268 Sun 18-Apr-21 12:08:16

Yeah I do it before dinner as I can never be arsed after dinner. I just put YouTube or Netflix on my phone. It really doesn't take long, 5 mins max. I don't think you really need to double cleanse if you're not wearing makeup but just using a non rinse cleanser doesn't really feel like cleaning. No judgement though! I spent years going to sleep without even taking my makeup off 🙈.

WrinklesShminkles Sun 18-Apr-21 12:20:04

Neutrogena Hydro Boost gel milk cleanser is a non-rinse cleanser you can apply with a cotton pad (or reusable pad if you'd like to be slightly more eco).
www.boots.com/neutrogena-/neutrogena-all-products/neutrogena-hydro-boost-gelee-milk-cleanser-10222930
Smells nice and leaves skin soft.

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