The long-standing cleansers

18 Apr 2014

A selection of my most-used and long-standing cleansers for morning and night use.

A selection of my most-reached for long-standing cleansers for morning and night use.

When you're a skincare devote, you rack up quite a selection of products. My skin only shows considerable changes as the seasons change, so I know which products to reach for and when. But there's more than a few favourites in my stash I return to time and time again, ticking most if not all of those pesky extra boxes I look for with a cleansing product; organic and natural, high quality and ethically sourced ingredients, beneficial to the skin on a long-term basis as well as short-term and traditional extras which work to keep our skin happy and balanced.

I get through cream cleanser quicker than other varieties, favouring them for morning cleanses, as well as most evenings as my first cleanse. Pai have left me smitten with the Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser (PaiSkincare, 100ml, £25)which is currently on offer for one week only, doubling up to the 200ml bottle for free. It's just absolutely beautiful and leaves my skin feeling soft as silk, smooth and very happy as well as reducing redness, calming and soothing. Hot Cloth specific cleansers are one of my favourite ways to remove makeup and although Liz Earle might be the most famous hot cloth cleanses as well as one I personally love, it's not the only cleanser on the market that can leave your skin feeling happier. My favourite (and yes, that means it's beaten Liz Earle!) is the REN Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser (LookFantastic*, 150ml, £16) Genuinely, I didn't expect to love this cleanser as much as I did and I always thought nothing would beat Liz Earle in hot cloth cleanser terms. But the formula of the REN offering is so much more to my personal preferences with cleansers; it doesn't feel as thick in consistency and as you massage it in, it feels as if natural oils are helping to break-down extra oil, dirt and grime as well as effectively removing makeup. The scent is heavenly, with the Rose Damascena Flower Oil being the top ingredient and pulling through beautifully. My skin looks so healthy after using this cleanser, there's nothing I don't love. A purse-friendly alternative is the Organic Surge Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser (OrganicSurge*, 150ml, £12.50) which is easily the best value-for-money wise. Best suited to those with normal, dry or mature skin, it's packed with natural active ingredients such as Aloe Vera leaf juice, Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Orange Peel Oil, Rose Geranium Essential Oil, Damask Rose Oil and Star Anise Oil. Between them, these powerful ingredients calm and moisturise, purify and tone, promote cell renewal and restores skin balance, whilst reviving a dull complexion with some added extra anti-oxidant and anti-ageing benefits. It smells lovely with the orange, rose and star anise oils pulling through, yet it's subtle enough not to bother those with a dislike for scented products. Formula and consistency wise, I again prefer this to the coveted Liz Earle offering and I think the price is incredible for the quality of ingredients and how effective it is. Definitely pop this one on your to-try list! 

Moving onto balm cleansers and there's two I adore. The Antipodes Certified Organic Grapeseed Butter Cleanser (FeelUnique, 75g, £24.99) is absolutely stunning. A luxuriously thick balm enriched with skin-loving ingredients such as Harekeke, Cocoa Butter and Hibiscus flower, as well as Vinanza Grape extract. Working to sooth, remove impurities, soften, calm all whilst revitalising and gently exfoliating, this feels divine to massage into my skin and works effortlessly to remove makeup. My skin feels incredibly smooth afterwards as well as looking brighter, clearer and far more radiant. An especially perfect choice after a long day. A touch more exfoliating, the Balance Me Cleanse & Smooth Face Balm (LookFantastic, 125ml, £20) is perfect for using before a face mask and prepping the skin, as well as smoothing, revitalising and nourishing. Arctic Cloudberry and polishing Oatmeal leave skin brighter, clean and clear, whilst Roman Chamomile and radiance enhancing Red Mandarin smooth away daily dirt, grime and makeup. Suitable for all but super-sensitive skin types. 

Of course, there's lots of other cleansers I really love using and a few which are favourites even above these, but cleansers which are more treatment-based than the everyday cleansers in my picks today. Let me know if you'd like to see a post on treatment targeted skincare favourites! 

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