I’ve been test driving the newest Simple Skincare products for about a month now and I wanted to report back on the most recent items to hit the shelves. Like all my other Simple favorites, the new products play oh so well with my sensitive skin. (They introduced two new versions of the wipes – a huge fan favorite!)
Foaming Cleanser: I’m a huge fan of foaming cleansers. There is something so satisfying about that lather, especially when I’m using my Clarisonic. This version from simple is loaded with Pro-Vitamin B5. So not only is your makeup gonzo, but your skin feels refreshed and not stripped of moisture.
Radiance Cleansing Wipes: Call me crazy, but I really do think my skin looks more radiant when I use these. After a workout or first thing in the AM, I’ve been opting for these as a gentle way to refresh. Mango extract helps leave skin not only clean, but healthier.
Oil Balancing Cleansing Wipes: I’ve been a long time fan of Zinc PCA to heal angry or irritated skin. So no wonder I’m a fan of these wipes. If you are prone to shine, these guys will leave your skin clean, not irritated and balanced. But even on my dry skin, they don’t strip my skin of moisture.
Eye Make Up Remover Pads: For some reason, I’ve been reviewing loads of gel eyeliner. We love this stuff, right? Stays on so well. But removing it can be irritating to delicate skin around the eyes, especially if the skin is already sensitive. Simple’s Eye Make-Up Remover Pads are loaded with gentle cleansers to get after stubborn makeup with out stinging or drying. They get every little bit of hard to remove makeup with a couple swipes.
Protecting Light Moisturizer with SPF 15: The biggest pet peeve I have with my sensitive skin is how some SPFs can sting and burn after application. While I’ve navigated what UV blockers are the main culprits, I haven’t found a good drugstore SPF with zero sting. Until now. Protecting Light Moisturizer with SPF 15 is oil-free but still nourishing (packed with vitamins and moisturizers). The non-greasy finish works especially well under makeup.
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Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water is my holy grail makeup remover product. And I am not alone. Celebrities go gaga over this stuff. It can remove makeup and nourish sensitive skin without any irritation. It is made with thermal water from Yumura Hot Springs in Izumo, Japan. The formula also contains White Birch Sap – a rare ingreditient that contributes minerals and xylitol. And the best part is no rinsing required – literally no excuse to go to sleep with makeup on. It also comes in towelette form. I saturate a cotton pad, hold over stubborn makeup for a couple seconds and wipe.
Bioderma Créaline Micellar Water is incredibly gentle – makeup artists swear by it for NYFW when models are going through multiple looks a day. It removes even the toughest makeup. The only issue is it is hard to find without paying a tortuous markup. If you are ever in Paris, make sure to pick up a bottle. It is specially formulated for sensitive skin, and the soap-free formula balances skin. The soothing formula clears pores and is super kind to the delicate eye area.
NARS Makeup Removing Water, originally reviewed here, is soap-free, oil-free, and alcohol-free. It tones the skin while removing makeup. It is not the gentlest of the bunch, but it is super lightweight and refreshing. It is ideal for oilier skin. The botanical ingredients that leave my skin glowing and hydrated.
Klorane Soothing Eye Make-Up Remover with Cornflower is also super powerful against stubborn makeup. The formula has pH balance similar to tears so it is especially kind to the eye area. It decongests the skin without any burning. This is a relatively budget friendly buy that works on the most sensitive skin.
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This was an adventure for me – I am new to MAC skin care and really have never embraced the oil on the face approach. But at The Makeup Show this year, the MAC counter was aflutter for requests and raving reviews were being thrown around. So a snatched some oil up for myself.
For $10, you a 1oz bottle (which has lasted me forever!) of industry-strength oil-based makeup remover. Unlike the regular Almay pads, the oil isn’t greasy or difficult to handle. If anything, it is like kindness to the skin.
The oil is a blend including olive, evening primrose and jojoba seed – there is ZERO mineral-oil (which I like to hear). I use this on a tissue, but it would also work on a cotton pad. But I am working on adopting the artists’ approach: massage onto the skin to loosen and remove any (including waterproof mascara).
One of the reasons it doesn’t become greasy is that it emulsifies into a lotion-type liquid with water. So, you are actually left with soft and conditioned skin. Don’t worry if you are oily – this is good for all skin types. But I especially like it for my “dry in the winter” sensitive skin.
I can’t stand greasy eye makeup remover that leaves 30% of your face feeling like an oil slick. But I have gentle skin, so I looked for something effective but not drying. I came up a winner with two great products. Lumene SENSITIVE TOUCH Cleansing Wipes are great to travel with, Alcohol-free and developed in co-operation with the Allergy and Asthma Federation. Makeup came off fast and there was no redness. The other winner was Chantecaille Rose Eye MakeUp Remover, a gentle eye make remover that is actually soothing and hydrating. The formula also promises brightening. But my favorite part is how pretty it looks in my bathroom. The Chantecaille brand always makes such beautiful vessels for their products.