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Tuesday, 2 November 2010
My favourite cleanser...
...is Liz Earle's Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, £11.50 100ml (uk.lizearle.com). I was recommended this by a fellow beauty journalist and I've never looked back (or at any other cleansers) since. The thick, creamy texture is cram-packed with kind-to-the-skin botanical ingredients, such as chamomile and rosemary essential oils, which soothe and stimulate the skin respectively. It's so gentle that it won't strip the skin's natural oils, making it ideal for drier, older skins and oily-combination complexions alike.
The cleanser works in two phases. First, 1-2 pumps of the rich cream are massaged over the skin to remove all traces of makeup. I've tried many cleansers over the years and always hated the fact that, more often than not, I would have to use a separate eye makeup remover to strip all signs of my penchant for a smoky eye. It might be refreshingly lacking in makeup-stripping chemicals, but it certainly does the job. A minute spent massaging the eye area is all you'll need to rid your lashes of stubborn mascara. The cocoa butter-rich texture is so nourishing, it feels as if you're cleansing with a moisturiser.
Next, the pure muslin cloth is used to buff away the cream, extracting any final traces of grime, and sloughing dead, skin-dulling cells. Daily exfoliation can be harsh on the skin, but the super-fine texture of these hero cloths are gentle enough to be used every day. The cloth should be rinsed under a hot tap and wrung out before polishing off the cleanser in small, circular movements.
TIP: Use a different section of the cloth for each part of the face to ensure you're not re-applying any dirt.
I have to credit this miracle cleanser with transforming my skin over the last couple of years. Having long-suffered from oily skin and bouts of acne, my skin has never looked so bright and clear. Removing your makeup shouldn't be this enjoyable! Sx