Still, if you want great skin, it's a must. So we may as well try to make it pleasurable.
That's why my current love affair is with hot cloth cleansers: creamy, balmy, soft textured creams that usually come with their own soft muslin cloth for removal.
Simply smear the cream over your skin in circular motions, dislodging make-up and dirt from the day.
Then soak the cloth in hot water, squeeze out excess, open it out, close your eyes and apply over your whole face to help open your pores.
I like to breathe in deeply at this point, inhaling the aromatic scents from the cleanser.
Then simply wipe away all traces of the cream (plus adhered cosmetics and grime) from your face, exfoliating away dead skin cells as you do.
Simple, but effective. And a warm cloth feels great on the skin, too.
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, £14.75 for a starter pack including 100ml cleanser, two muslin cloths and a carry bag. You can find it at uk.lizearle.com.
The original (and many say the best) of the breed out there.
After 19 years, Liz still only makes one cleanser because – I have to agree - it's practically perfect in every way.
I love its rich, creamy texture and clean, uplifting eucalyptus scent. Plus it performs superbly.
It's won almost 100 awards and accolades to date, and customers keep coming back for more.
Rodial Stemcell Super-Food Cleanser, £32, www.rodial.co.uk.
This comes in a super-sized 200ml pot – and you can really feel the extra-rich cream feed and nourish your skin with Omega oils, vitamins and rose wax.
Its advanced stemcell technology helps skin renew and repair itself.
REN Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser, £16. www.marksandspencer.com
REN skincare ticks all the boxes for me – no parabens,, sulphates, silicones and suchlike for starters.
This gorgeous velvety cleanser does the job of removing make-up marvellously, but more than that, the rosy botanical extracts and scents calm and soothe skin too.
Formula Time Defy Radiant Cleanse Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser, £10, www.marksandspencer.com
A delicately fragranced rich creamy lotion that contains Hyaluronic Acid, which helps skin hold onto and attract moisture.
Organic Surge Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser, £15.90 www.organicsurge.com
Natural and organic, this gentle cleanser is packed full of nourishing essential flower oils, which smell divine, plus aloe vera to soften and repair skin.
Superdrug Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser £4.99, www.superdrug.com
Good for drier skins, this smells of coconuts and leaves skin soft and smooth.
Balance Me Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm, from £4, www.balanceme.co.uk
An oil-based balm that you warm up in your hands to help it 'melt', this gorgeously fragranced cleanser contains fine grains of oatmeal powder to help exfoliate.
100% natural ingredients make it a winner with me.
No7 Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth cleanser, £9.95, www.boots.com
Hypo-allergenic and suitable for all skin types, this creamy cleanser does a great job of removing even stubborn mascara.
Aromatherapy Associates Soothing Cleansing Balm, £37, www.aromatherapyassociates.com
A beautiful balm, which leaves me sighing as I'm applying - because it smells and feels so luxurious.
This blend of oils and camomile soothe and calm skin, leaving it nourished and silky.
Superdrug Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser, £5.99, www.superdrug.com
Contains Kiwi Fruit Extract – rich in Vitamin C – which is known to help brighten skin and even out skintone, too.
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