Before I started beauty blogging, I didn’t know there were so many different ways to cleanse one’s face. Now facial cleansers come in many different formulations: cream, gel, mousse, no-rinse, and even oil! How am I ever going to choose the right kind for me?
While I can’t usually make a generalization on what will work for you, it’s safe to say that a gentle cleanser is probably the way to go. You already know that I am in the process of switching to natural skincare, and so I was very excited to try Weleda’s new cleansing line. It’s a two-step combo that includes a Gentle Cleansing Milk ($24) and a Refining Toner ($22).
Weleda Gentle Cleansing Milk and Refining Toner
How to Use
Before I dive into the actual review, here’s a little bit on how to use the two. Trust me, you need me to tell you this part.
Massage a quarter-size of the Gentle Cleansing Milk on your dry face. The instructions instruct you to avoid the eye area, and because I am too awesome to follow instructions, I thought “hey, why the hell not? What’s the worst that could happen?” I’ll tell you what: burning eyeballs of death. Don’t do it. (‘kay, I might be exaggerating here, but they really did burn.) Wash off with warm water.
Then, apply the Refining Toner on a cotton pad and run it all over your face, again avoiding the eye area.
Gentle Cleansing Milk
$24 for 100ml
Good for all skin types, just a quarter size dollop of the cleansing milk takes care of all my face gunk. It contains Biodynamic iris root extract, which helps retain moisture in and regulate the skin. One of the main ingredients is witch hazel, which is a light natural astringent. Its consistency is like a very runny lotion and the smell is nice and citrusy. Don’t expect any foaming action during cleansing, because there’ll be none of that. After washing it off, my face not only feels comfortable (not tight), but also slightly moisturized due to the organic jojoba seed oil.
$22 for 100ml
I like the gentle cleansing milk, but I worship the refining toner even more. As a former toner snob, I was skeptical that I actually needed to tone my face after cleansing. Now, here I am doing a total 180. This toner is very refreshing, again with a citrusy scent from lemon juice and other essential oils. It balances my skin beautifully, removing any excess dirt and oil that your cleanser didn’t catch. It doesn’t sting despite the fact that it contains alcohol. Instead, it just leaves my skin so soft, touchable and perfectly prepped for moisturizer. LOVE this one.
What’s Not to Love?
Since my skin absolutely loves natural skincare, the verdict is simple and very evident: I love these. The combination of the cleanser and the toner leaves my skin unstripped of its all natural oils and soft. Very soft in fact, that I ran out of the bathroom and uttered the following words to my boyfriend: “Feel my face. Seriously, touch it. Soft, right? I’m not even wearing moisturizer!”
I wish they made the cleanser to be eye friendly as well, because I’m a lazy girl! I can’t be bothered to reach for an extra cleanser to take care of my eye makeup. They do have an Almond Soothing Facial Oil, which I haven’t tried, for this purpose.
These and other Weleda products are sold at www.weleda.ca, Whole Foods Market, natural independent health food stores, Planet Organic Market, Nature’s Fare, Noah’s Natural Foods and Rexall Pharma Plus stores.