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Cleansing has a reputation for being an unglamorous and mundane task, but it is the backbone to healthy, radiant skin. If left on, makeup, dirt and pollution can increase pore size, encourage breakouts and speed up the signs of ageing.

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Words: Victoria Hall

3 Minute Morning Routine:

Speed is of the essence for most of us in the morning. Opt for a foaming cleanser, such as Dr Sebagh Foaming Cleanser, £28, or if you have drier skin try a cream formula. Both will remove any excess oil and allow your serum to go deeper into your skin. For those in need of a hydration boost, add one of Shu Uemura’s lotions, from £39, into your routine. The nourishing formulas prep your skin and supercharge your serum.

5 Minute Evening Routine:

Rinsing the day off your skin properly before bed can be the difference between a lacklustre complexion or a fresh-faced glow in the morning. Start with a cleansing balm, such as Emma Hardie Moringa Amazing Face Cleansing Balm, £38, or Aromatherapy Associates Soothing Cleansing Balm, £38, to gently remove makeup without leaving the skin feeling stripped. Balms encourage you to massage as you apply them, which boosts circulation and plump up skin. Do this for two-to-three minutes, using circular movements, upwards and outwards, for the best results.

Use a muslin cloth to rinse the cleanser off - you’ll be able to tell once you’ve washed away your makeup when the cloth stays white.

Finish by using either your morning cleanser, or if you want a more intensive, smoothing treatment use an exfoliating face wash. Sisley’s Phyto-Blanc Buff and Wash Facial Gel, £82.50, is gentle enough to use every day without drying skin out. For a more bespoke approach to exfoliating, try mixing de Mamiel Brightening Cleanse and Exfoliate, £39, into your cleanser.

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