An Oil-free Double Cleanse

I recently wrote an article on the importance of taking off your makeup before you wash your face. You might remember the title, “Would you mop a floor if you haven’t swept?” I have, however, had a few customers mention their apprehension about using oil on their face. Whether it be a fear of a breakout or disliking an oil in general, I get it. I have oily skin and the thought of cleansing with oil made me nervous, I eventually came around to it, but for all you gals out there scared of oil, Dr. Dennis Gross developed the Hyaluronic Marine Meltaway Cleanser. It is an oil-free, nourishing cleanser that dissolves waterproof makeup, dirt, and oil without stripping the moisture barrier. It is designed for dry and sensitive skin and safe to use around the eye area. Bonus: It is soap and sulfate free!

Just massage it onto dry skin in circular motions to break up all your makeup. It is recommended to remove gently with a damp cloth, cotton round, or tissue. I tried removing with all three and discovered that removing with a microfiber makeup removing towel was by far the best and most eco-friendly way to go. Don’t forget to still wash your face after using the Meltaway Cleanser! It pairs superbly with the Kiehl’s Ultra-Facial Oil-Free Cleanser.

Still leery about oils in other parts of your skincare? Dr. Dennis Gross offers a full line of oil-free products: The Hyaluronic Marine Hydration Booster Serum will hydrate and plump, the Dew It Right Eye Gel will reduce dark circles and puffiness while treating fine lines, and the Oil-Free Moisture Cushion will moisturize for supple and soft skin.



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Located in historic Old Town Alexandria, for more than 17 years Bellacara has been Northern Virginia's preeminent boutique for high end cosmetic, skincare and haircare products. At Bellacara you will find premiere beauty products that have been carefully edited by the store’s owner, Angela Sitilides, who personally tests all the products sold in store. The boutique carries only the best product lines – Kiehl’s, Jouer, Dr. Dennis Gross, Christophe Robin, Moroccan Oil, Bumble & Bumble, Fresh, Molton Brown, Skinceuticals, Smashbox, Stila, Mario Badescu, Clarins, Dermalogica, Kevyn Aucoin, Kai, Child, St. Tropez, Smith and Cult, and many more.

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