biore steam activated cleanser

Bioré's new Steam Activated Cleanser. Photo: Courtesy of Bioré

Did you know that 60% of women wash their faces in the shower each morning?

That's what Bioré found while researching new product ideas, so they created their new Steam Activated Cleanser, specifically designed to work with the steam in your shower.

The formula is infused with tiny, ingredient-packed ampoules that burst when they come in contact with the heat and humidity from a steamy shower, releasing fresh active ingredients to foam up and better clear away pore-clogging dirt and oil.

It's infused with cooling mint extract which makes for an eye-opening scent and green tea extract which we've always liked for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

All in all, a good way to start the day.

And the beauty brand, first famous for their pore-purging blackhead strips, has also just launched a good way to end our day; Makeup Removing Towelettes, designed to make our dreaded nighttime grime removal more efficient.

Upon trying them, we were pleasantly surprised to find that the towelette (yes, we needed only one to get the job done) managed to remove all of our makeup, even the last dregs of mascara -- and a waterproof one, at that. Bonus: we did not get that slightly sticky, oily feeling after using it, so there was no need to rinse after using, the way we have in the past.

And speaking of cleansing -- or, rather, the lack there of -- how long would you go between hair washes? Our writer reports on how she normally goes six days between washes, and gets expert opinions on whether she's a smart sudser, or a lazy latherer.