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Do you "pre-cleanse"?

In one of my Sample Society boxes I got a deluxe size sample of the dermalogica pre-cleaning oil and I'm not sure if I like it or not. I recently switched to the Ren Calm 3 Clay Cleanser (which is AWESOME), but it doesn't remove makeup well. I was using the Koh Gen Do spa water on a cotton pad to remove my face makeup but I was going through the bottle quickly & needed another option. 

I'm not a huge fan of face oils to begin with, Argan oil gave me a very bad reaction, so I was a little skeptical with the dermalogica. You apply it dry, then add a little water, massage & wash off. I felt like I couldn't wash it off, that the oil just sat on my face. Then I used the Ren Calm 3 with my clarisonic, rinsed & still felt the oil sitting on my face. I did end up using less of the Perricone Blue Plasma on my face (1 drop instead of 2) but it never seemed to "sink in" like it normally does. I waited 5 minutes instead of 2 to put on moisturizer & still felt a little "sticky". That's when I noticed the difference , my face was soft... like baby bottom soft & it still is. No greasy or tight feeling... nope, not here! So I can't figure out if I like it or not. I probably won't purchase it, but I am eyeing the REN balm http://www.sephora.com/no-1-purity-cleansing-balm-P306884?skuId=1186949 

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I also was looking at the Korres emulsion, but think it might be too similar to the dermalogica. 

I guess I could always use a different mild cleanser, like the PTR gentle foaming that Sephora decided to stop carrying *cough cough*. I'm against makeup remover wipes; they are too harsh & drying. I tried Philosophy purity years ago, but was using it as just a cleanser, I never followed it with a better cleanser. 

 

Enough rambling... Do you pre-cleanse & what do you use/ have used? 

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I'm not sure what pre-cleansing is, but I do use a makeup remover for foundation/sunscreen, then do a regular all-over gentle cleanser. If needed I even start off with yet another eye makeup remover.  So that's 3 cleansers total to remove all the gunk off my face.

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I very recently just started doing this- I was concerned that the ways in which I was removing my makeup were leaving makeup in my pores. I started using Clinique's Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm and I absolutely LOVE it! It's a solid balm in a surprisingly large container (4.8 oz), but when you apply it to your face, the heat of your fingers/skin turns it into a silky oily that removes my makeup SO well. It is very easy to wash off, leaves no residue on my skin, and definitely helps to hydrate/soften my skin. I used to see makeup still coming off onto my wash cloth after I used my facial cleanser, now I no longer do! My skin is behaving a lot better since I've started using this Smiley Happy

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this stuff is the BEST!!!  It seriously removes EVERYTHING, even eyeliner and mascara, and rinses completely clean.  The only thing is i hate the goopy feeling, so I actually have started applying it with a foundation brush (yes i am lazy).  

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You two have convinced me to try this soon!

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*user enabled* *mission accomplished*  Smiley Very Happy

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**enabling super-powers have been activated for the day** Smiley Very Happy

 

Haven't experienced any of the goopy feeling personally, I actually like how it feels! One thing I forgot to add- I was totally afraid to  try removing my eye makeup with this at first but it doesn't sting or feel irritating in the SLIGHTEST!

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I'm pretty sure I have a sample from GWP- I'll dig it out if I do.  Otherwise, next time I'm in-store, I'll ask for a sample.

 

ETA: Nope, it's not one of the many small Clinique GWP items I have.

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The Clinique cleansing balm is very similar to the REN cleansing balm. The REN has better reviews right now, so I think that's going to be in my next order. 

Do you use a different cleanser after? 

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I see the REN product having 43 reviews, average review of 4.3, and the Clinique product having 296 reviews with an average review of 4.7.

 

I use The Body's Shop's tea tree oil cleanser after Smiley Happy

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It's the actual reviews & questions; reading people's skin type that's similar to mine, description of texture & how it washed off... Then I went searching through youtube & blogs to compare. Originally even the Eve Lom was thrown in the mix (not sold at Sephora). 

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Ahh I gotcha Smiley Happy I forgot about the questions section, even though it is incredibly helpful and I use it fairly often. I'm pretty big on researching before purchases too, I don't like being disappointed with a product!

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It's the impulse purchases I have problems with LOL! The ones that I had to my cart with little to no research & I end up hating. The Dior brow styler was a huge let down for me, but I realize if I just Google image searched before I added it to my cart I would have known better

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I'm interested in incorporating this into my cleansing routine!! This will be a for sure purchase for my birthday!! 

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I don't really think about it as pre-cleaning, but I take two steps before I use cleanser. I use makeup removing towelette on my face first, then follow up with eye makeup remover. If there is makeup left after I wash my face, I go back to eye makeup remover before toner.

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The Dermalogica Pre-Cleanse is really strange to get used to at first, but it does work! I never experienced a heavy, oily feeling after using it, though... The Pre-Cleanse is good because it should not strip your skin of its essential oils, it is less harsh than some make up removers out there (I also hate those make up remover cloths!), and has kind of a moisturizing effect.  I have not used it in awhile, but when I don't use a pre-cleanse, I find myself washing my face twice... Anyways, I feel like pre-cleansing is all about your personal preference.  I'm not sure if it should be considered a necessity, though it is nice when you go in for a facial or spa treatment! 

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Nope.  The milk cleanser I use dissolves it all.  Yay!

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No I don't pre-cleanse at all I use Vivite exfoliating cleanser so my face is radiant and super clean.Smiley Happy

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15% glycolic... AWESOME! Does it remove your makeup too? Do you use it daily/nightly? 

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@dannyc- Sorry it took me so long to answer this.I use it daily which I can't help because it makes my face  so clean and soft when I'm done and yes it removes all my makeup never a trace left. I love Vivite it's such good skin care. Also I recently started using a skin refinisher called M2 it's redone and now has 20% malic acid. The two together are awesome. The bad thing with me is I break all the rules when following directions on skin care but my skin looks really good so I must be doing something right. Smiley Happy

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No worries, I saw you weren't on much. Hey, if it works for you then keep using it! I love glycolic, but I fear that much nightly would make me too sensitive to the sun. Every spring I need to ween myself off retinol because I just can't handle it during the summer months. My skin hates it though... 

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@dannyc- Yeah you do have to be careful when in the sun and I'm not that much but when I am I use an SPF of 55 so I'm well covered. Smiley Happy

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