A Love Letter to My Complicated Face Wash Routine

Pestle & Mortar has turned washing your face into a fun activity, not a chore

Washing your face can (maybe) be fun.

Washing your face can (maybe) be fun. Getty Images

At the end of a long day, nearly everyone can agree that washing your face is a dreaded activity, but a necessary evil. Perhaps you had one too many glasses of wine and would like to collapse in a heap on your bed. Or you’re simply exhausted from finally achieving Inbox Zero and can barely keep your eyes open. Regardless, the last thing you want to do is spend about three to five minutes properly removing the makeup, grit and sweat that has accumulated on your face.

I once felt that way, approaching my evening facial cleansing as a dreaded chore. Thus, I rarely did a good job of actually removing the makeup I so carefully applied that very morning. All that changed when I came across Pestle & Mortar‘s Double Cleansing System. Now, I actually look forward to washing my face before hitting the sheets and I don’t mind taking the time to do it.

The Erase Balm.

The Erase Balm. Courtesy Pestle & Mortar

The first step in Pestle & Mortar’s cleansing routine is the Erase Makeup Removing Balm. I massage this oil-based (but still slightly exfoliating) formula all over my dry face, making sure to give my eyelashes and the waterline an extra rub, to properly remove mascara and eyeliner. The fragrance-free Erase contains Grape Seed Oil for non-greasy cleansing, Pumpkin Seed Oil for moisture retention and Prickly Pear Seed Oil for cell turnover and renewal. It also happens to be free of parabens, mineral oil, silicones, sulphates and propylene glycol. After 30 seconds to a minute of massaging, I remove the feel-good Balm with a warm, damp towel. This step fully removes your makeup.

Then–this is a very important step–I dry my face.

The Renew Cleanser.

The Renew Cleanser. Courtesy Pestle & Mortar

Next, is my absolute favorite part, Renew Illuminating Lightweight Cleanser. Housed in an airless pump bottle, so there’s no chance of bacterial contamination, is the goopy yellow formula. A simple press of the top will dispense the perfect amount. Again, massage this formula onto dry skin and revel in the feeling, which is almost like slathering thick honey on your face. Papaya and mango enzymes will give your skin a subtle glow, while Meadowfoam seed oil clears out your clogged pores. Use the other side of your warm, damp towel to clear the cleanser from your skin and revel in the fact that not a single trace of makeup can be detected on your towel after this step. Just going to prove how effective step one was.

I like to follow this whole system with a quick swipe of toner before applying any moisturizers and eye creams; every time my face feels cleaner than ever. And despite the fact that I have to dedicate my time and effort into repeating the process every evening, I’m reaping the benefits. My acne has cleared up considerably, my skin looks fresher and absorbs moisturizer better than ever, and, most importantly, I no longer dread washing my face.

The Double Cleansing System will be available before the end of 2016, but for now, you can marvel over the product on its dedicated website.

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