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A Beauty Essential - Putting Beauty To The Test #2 Cleansers Part 1

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So this week is about something that I just can’t help but pick up and try out. Cleansers are the one product that I have far too many of and I admit I have an issue. When I like something, or like the idea of something, rather than buying something and trying that out properly for 4-6 weeks, I just buy them all. Everyone knows that your skin needs about four weeks to get used to a product and buying a new cleanser every week is not going to do anyone’s skin any good – unless you were blessed with the “perfect” skin gene then well, I hate you.

So here are the cleansers that I have chosen to put to the test. This is part 1 one with cleansing gels and lotions and part 2 cleansing oils and balms will be up tomorrow

So let’s get cracking

REN - Mayblossom T-zone control cleansing gel:
This cleanser was recommended by a beauty guru from YouTube who swears by the stuff. I used it for about 5-6 weeks. My skin never felt properly clean, or refreshed after using this. I didn’t see the point in it because it didn’t do anything for my skin. I do like the packaging and with a pump you don’t waste product. This product is £17.00 from Marks & Spencers. The price is reasonable as I have other cleansers worth a lot more, but I wouldn’t repurchase this, it’s a waste of money for me and I'm not a fan. Maybe it’s because my skin isn’t oily enough for it, but for me gel cleansers just don’t work. That being said brings me on to my next product.

Michael Todd True Organics Charcoal detox deep pore gel cleanser:
What drew me to this product is the fact that the company thrive on using true organic ingredients in their products. As for this cleanser, it’s a gel consistency and like I said before, I just don’t get on with them. When you pump it out this product is black in colour. It looks pretty scary at first. But once you put it on your face it feels like it is really cleansing your face which is what I want but I found that after I’d used it my skin felt tight and squeaky clean, stripped almost, and my skin doesn’t like that. I do use the Michael Todd Blue Green Algae antibacterial Toner which I still use twice a day, every day, I love that stuff. But for some reason this cleanser just didn’t do it for me and for around £15.00 that’s a disappointment. I do like the packaging and the fact that it is a pump makes life a lot easier and it’s hygienic. Isn’t great for travelling but put some in a plastic travel size bottle and that’s that issue dealt with.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish:
This is a product that I will repurchase over and over. I love to use this product with my cleansing brush. It is very soothing and relaxing and it’s so gentle, but it also gets off even the toughest of waterproof mascara. Liz Earle really knows what skincare should do and what the skin needs. It balances out my skin beautifully and used with my cleansing brush my skin feels unclogged and clean. This is around £13 and I think it’s worth every bit. If you have a bad day at work, run a bath with some candles around, put this on your face, leave it on for as long as you like and when you take it off use a hot muslin cloth or face cloth and buff it off, it feels so amazing and relaxing that is my favourite part of using a hot cloth cleanser. 

Simple Cleansing lotion:
Simple is a brand that I absolutely love. I have a lot of their products and there are only a few that I’m not keen on. This lotion is so soft and gentle and really calms my skin, but I don’t think it helps to remove any leftover traces of makeup. I do like to mix this with the smoothing facial scrub to gently exfoliate the skin. I love a lot of the products from Simple including the face mask and eye balm. But even though this cleanser is very soothing and calming, I don’t feel that it unclogs pores or lifts off any makeup but for just £2.99 as a backup product or used as a second cleanse this is an affordable option.

Part 2 will be up tomorrow including cleansing oils and balms.

Sophie

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