Skincare Staples: Cleansers

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Happy long weekend! Sundays are best when they're not real Sundays. Though I'll be spending mine in the usual way, running errands, cleaning house, and planning for the week, knowing that I have Monday keeps me at ease.

Long weekend Sundays are also perfect for pampering and dedicating a bit more time to your skincare routine! I have several staples for each step, so I'm starting with the first, cleansers. Note: I have combination skin that used to be quite acne-prone, but has calmed significantly; I get the occasional spot, but those are few and far between.

The standard cleanser: First Aid Beauty's Face Cleanser is my standard. It's gentle, effective, and fragrance-free, and half a pea-sized amount is more than enough to thoroughly cleanse the skin. It's relatively affordable, but I'm so glad FAB brought out an 8oz tube to make it even more cost-effective!

The makeup remover: (and my longest-standing staple cleanser) On days when I wear makeup, I use Clinique's take the day off cleansing balm as a first cleanse. Scoop a small amount of the balm out of the jar, melt between your fingers, massage the resulting oil into the skin, then rinse off. Sometimes, on days when I'm not wearing makeup, I use the balm as a facial massage, then follow up with a second cleanse.

The nighttime/cold weather cleanser:Oskia's Renaissance Cleansing Gel is the newest in my line-up. It's a pink gel that has a pleasant smell -- what more could you ask for? On the skin, it turns into a light oil that cleanses, nourishes, and leaves the skin glowing. I prefer to use it at night, in the colder months when my skin is less oily, or whenever my skin needs a pick-me-up.

The luxe cleanser: Like everything about Aesop, cleansing with Aesop's Fabulous Face Cleanser is an experience -- the beautiful apothecary-style branding and packaging, the texture of the product, the smell. (Disclaimer: the bottle pictured has been empty for some time, I've been holding onto it for the smell!) It's my favorite cleanser to use, though I use it sparingly (a pea-sized amount at most).

What are your skincare staples?