May 17, 2011

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser: One-Step Cleansing At Its Finest!

Fact: I can be pretty lazy.

How else can I explain why I decided to try a product a second time after it gave me a bad reaction the first time? The promise of one-step cleansing always lures me in, I tell you.

Lately I've been using Boots' Original Beauty Formula Cleansing Milk to remove makeup and then cleanse again with another product. It's a good enough system, but sometimes I yearn for something simpler without having to sacrifice efficacy.

Well, I'm happy to say that I have found that in the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser (say that 10 times fast :p)!

(comes with two muslin cloths)

(Various booklets & pamphlets that have more info on the Cleanse & Polish cleanser as well as other Liz Earle products. Very handy for those who are new to the brand!)

From Liz Earle: We only make one cleanser because this formulation is the ultimate in concentrated yet gentle cleansing power and works on every age and skin type.
Our plant-based cleanser has a 2-phase action, phase 1 is the cleansing. Free from mineral oil, it has a  rich and creamy texture and swiftly removes all traces of face and eye make-up, even stubborn mascara.
Phase 2 is the polishing. Polish off the cream using the pure muslin cloth to help gently dislodge dead skin cells and help reveal clean, soft and radiant skin.
Naturally active ingredients include eucalyptus and cocoa butter for smoother, clearer skin.
Suitable for all skin types.

This cleanser comes in different sizes (50mL, 100mL, 200mL) with an easy to use pump that makes it super easy to dispense the exact amount of product you want to use. Even people with lead fingers (i.e. ME) won't have much difficulty. 

The product itself is creamy and has a very pleasant minty scent. It doesn't cause any tingling sensation on any part of my face at all (unlike the Burt's Bees Soap Bark & Chamomile cleanser), so for those of you who have sensitive skin, this would be a good option for you.

I massage it well onto dry skin, then wet my muslin cloth with hot water and proceed to wipe off all traces of makeup. I've used this on my eyes as well and it doesn't cloud or irritate my eyes.


the mess

Pretty impressive, no? I absolutely love how this product removes all my makeup but still makes my skin feel clean afterwards. The Boots cleansing milk left residue behind, which meant I definitely needed a second cleanse. But the Cleanse & Polish eliminates that need completely because there is zero residue. It also doesn't leave my skin feeling tight at all. It just feels... Normal. Which, if you've been following my blog for a while, was something that my skin was not for a long time. 

The only thing I have an issue with, which is so easily fixable, is the muslin cloths. The brand recommends washing the cloths after every 3 or so uses. It's totally doable, but like I mentioned: I can be lazy and sometimes I forget... I'm hopeless, aren't I? If this sounds like you, fear not! You can purchase muslin cloths separately at the Liz Earle online store (2 for £3.55/$6.00 or 6 for £8.65/$15.00), which I should probably definitely do.

Speaking of muslin cloths, I love these babies! My skin always feels so utterly smooth after a cleanse but it's never abrasive. Also, as I said to another blogger at one point, I expect my cleansers to not only do the job, but to entertain me as well. I find that using muslin cloths kind of ups the entertainment factor for me since I've never cleansed this way before. What can I say? I think it's fun! 

Going back to the cleanser, I've been using Cleanse & Polish for almost a month now and I have definitely seen an improvement in my skin. It's clearer, I had less hormonal breakouts, and my skin feels balanced. In fact, I find a lot of my skin products are a tad too rich for me now (just a tad) that my skin is no longer so dry. For someone who has dealt with a complete skin meltdown, having the skin finally behaving is a relief! 

Have you tried Liz Earle's Hot Cloth Cleanser before? 
Share your experiences with me! :)

*Disclaimer: This product was a PR sample sent for review consideration.

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