Cleansing is my first and one of the most important steps in skin care regimen. Do you know when skin is not thoroughly cleansed properly, lines and dullness around the eyes or mouth will start to surface? And unremoved makeup on the skin can also cause pigmentation.
In addition, cleansing will also influence the effectiveness of products applied afterwards.
A few weeks ago, I was pleasantly surprised to receive a full bottle Total Cleansing Oil in 150ml. Many thanks to Clarins Singapore.
Clarins, being the forerunner by creating its 100% Plant Oils which today sell over a million bottles around the world, developed the new formula cleanser in 2012.
Total Cleansing Oil
S$50 for 150 ml & S$95 for 400ml
Total Cleansing Oil, available in 2 bottle sizes (150ml and 400ml), is launching in June 2012.
Total Cleansing Oil, designed specially for Asian women, is a high performance and high tolerance cleanser which eliminates even the most resistant makeup. This new improved formula cleanser, replacing the Clarins Pure-Melt which has since discontinued, is enriched with a combination of two 100% organic plant oils – perilla oil and olive oil.
Perilla oil (Perilla ocymoides), originating from Asia, is known in Japan as “shiso”. It has long been used for its aromatic properties and the medicinal benefits of the oil extracted from its seeds. It is an oil with one of the highest levels of omega 3, essential fatty acids the body is unable to synthesize. It is known for its capacity to soothe skin irritation.
Olive tree (Olea europaea), a sacred tree in the Mediterranean region, has an exceptional lifespan. In Ancient Greece, olive oil was a forerunner of soap and used for a long time as an essential cleansing product, as well as a special ointment. It has widely recognized antioxidant and anti-dehydrating properties.
Total Cleansing Oil has a very fine light texture that is specially designed to quickly dissolve all oily residues and impurities. It glides on skin easily and leaves no oily traces on the skin.
Then on contact with water, the oil transforms into a fresh, milky emulsion which helps carry away all traces of make-up.
To test the cleansing efficacy, I first applied some makeup on my hand that include (from right) lipstick, high pigment eyeshadow, mascara, waterproof liquid eyeliner and lip gloss.
The cleansing oil glides on the skin easily and effortlessly removed almost all makeup including the stubborn and waterproof makeup.
After rinsing off the cleansing oil and makeup residue with water, my hand appeared perfectly clean except a dull mark (where the high pigment eyeshadow was) is still visible. The oil is actually easy to rinse off.
The dull mark is completely removed after I did a second round of cleansing using Total Cleansing Oil. My hand is perfectly cleansed, smooth and hydrated. Thanks to the combination of olive oil and perilla oil rich in essential fatty acids preserves the skin’s hydrolipidic film and there is no feeling of tightness but instant softness and comfort.
The Clarins Cleansing Method
Faithful to its philosophy, Clarins recommends a Cleansing Method which is easy to carry out and combines effectiveness and sensoriality on application.
1. Dispense 2-3 pumps of oil in the palms of the hands, then delicately apply to the face and neck.
2. Position the palms of the hands over the middle of the face. Then move out to the sides, 1cm at a time, lifting hands briskly off the face. This movement traps make-up and impurities and dissolves them, without irritating or pulling the skin. Repeat this twice on each area of the face.
3. Take a little water in the hands and move them over the face with light circular motions. This relaxes the features while the subtle aromatic notes of Total Cleansing Oil add to the sensation of relaxation. Rinse thoroughly with water.
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