The intelligent consumer: Water water everywhere

The case for sticking your head (or face, anyway) in the bathroom sink

Despite having a bathroom shelf full of delicious products in fancy bottles, jars and pumps, where once immaculate skin was, I now have spots. This is due to greed - bringing home too many different products to try out myself rather than distributing them about my testers, and therefore over-stimulation of my skin.

New products make one eager to cleanse, tone and cream up, but perhaps that natural slovenliness of before served to give my face a rest. However, this is a useful time for testing spot remedies. My favourite is by Erno Laszlo and not really a spot thing at all. It's called Regular Normalizer Shake-it and is a powder liquid formation that you shake and apply. It's proper use is as an excellent light foundation, smoothing and matting as it goes, but dabbed on a spot it seems to suck out the bugger from its very bed. Malheureusement, the RNS is only available in the US.

Two other fabulous products are Aveda's Balancing Infusion for oily skin/acne treatment, pounds 16.50, which you put on neat at night (and like all Aveda's products it smells fantastic), and Superdrug's Tea Tree Touch Stick, which has tea tree and peppermint oil and smells edible. It's confusing, because it comes in a tube with a lip-gloss-type spongy applicator and I keep wanting to put it on my lips. But it is a fine product, costs pounds 1.99 and is easy to carry around.

However, this month is about water and its importance in skincare. None of that cleansing with enough cotton-wool pads to make an elephant's tampon for a heavy flow day, and not a drop of water in sight. You need to fair flood your face with water. Fill your sink with hand-hot water, add a dash of toner to make it a bit more special and wipe off your cleanser with a flannel, which you dip in and out with gay abandon. A linen or smooth cotton one is better than the towelling kind and the Conran shop do a good waffle one for pounds 2.50. You can also use torn up old sheets, but this has a bit of a Victorian workhouse, under-age pregnancy feel to it that I don't much care for. Some people say flannels are unhygienic but: a) you boil-wash them every couple of days, and b) as I said last month, a few germs ain't so bad.

If you want, you can also refill the sink with water after using the flannel and splash your face some. Dr Laszlo advocated something like 20 or 30 splashes, but this makes a mess, so about five to six is plenty. This will leave you with really clean skin and ready for the rest of your routine.

Cleansers tend come in two types: cream or gel/foam wash-off things. Cream is good for dry skin, gel/foam for more oily. But, with either, you should use water, too. Remember to cleanse face and neck, and anything nourishing or moisturising should be extended as far down as the chest. This is a good time to massage your face, which improves your circulation. Jo Malone also sells a little, rubber, bristled brush for this purpose (she says massage is very important for good skincare), but this is not suitable for everyone - back to over-stimulation. My skin can't cope with it more than once a week because, basically, I think it likes to be left alone. AB

Voices
Hunted: A stag lies dead on Jura, where David Cameron holidays and has himself stalked deer
voicesThe Scotland I know is becoming a playground for the rich
News
newsMcKamey Manor says 'there is no escape until the tour is completed'
News
people'When I see people who look totally different, it brings me back to that time in my life'
Arts and Entertainment
Soul singer Sam Smith cleared up at the Mobo awards this week
newsSam Smith’s Mobo triumph is just the latest example of a trend
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
ebooksA superb mix of recipes serving up the freshest of local produce in a delicious range of styles
Life and Style
ebooksFrom the lifespan of a slug to the distance to the Sun: answers to 500 questions from readers
News
news
News
people

Britain First criticised for using actress's memory to draw attention to their 'hate-filled home page'

Arts and Entertainment
A photograph taken by David Redferm of Sonny Rollins
people
News
news

Emergency call 'started off dumb, but got pretty serious'

Extras
indybest
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs General

    Business Analyst - Surrey - Permanent - Up to £50k DOE

    £40000 - £50000 Per Annum Excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd:...

    ***ASP.NET Developer - Cheshire - £35k - Permanent***

    £30000 - £35000 Per Annum Excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd:...

    ***Solutions Architect*** - Brighton - £40k - Permanent

    £35000 - £40000 Per Annum Excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd:...

    Senior Research Fellow in Gender, Food and Resilient Communities

    £47,334 - £59,058 per annum: Coventry University: The Centre for Agroecology, ...

    Day In a Page

    Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

    Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

    Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
    Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

    Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

    The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
    New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

    New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

    Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
    Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

    Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

    The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
    DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

    Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

    Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
    The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

    Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

    The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
    Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

    Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

    The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
    11 best sonic skincare brushes

    11 best sonic skincare brushes

    Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
    Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

    Paul Scholes column

    I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
    Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

    Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

    While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
    Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

    Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

    Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
    How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

    A crime that reveals London's dark heart

    How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
    Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

    Lost in translation: Western monikers

    Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
    Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

    Handy hacks that make life easier

    New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
    KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

    KidZania: It's a small world

    The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker