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The Skincare Post: A Whole Lotta Cleansers

I have a lot of cleansers, far too many of them considering you only wash your face twice a day. The ones I'm not too keen on get pushed back into my drawer, whereas the best ones are collected around my sink. These are the cleansers which are the bees knees to me, the top notch ones which are carefully balanced around my sink.

Just in case my mood changes, I have one to sit in every category. Starting with a balm cleanser, Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm* is probably the best balm cleanser I've ever used (taken in mind I've never owned Emma Hardie) and it's the one which is the most similar to Emma Hardie. It's voted one of the Beauty Hot 100 2013 by Harpers Bazaar, which means it must be good, right? It contains starflower, elderberry, optimega oils with rose and mimosa waxes. It's a treatment balm, so as well as just cleansing your face with it, lather on a layer of it and leave for 10 minutes before washing off. It's suitable for all skin types, the dry skinned gals will feel very hydrated afterwards and the oily skinned gals won't feel overpowered.
I have two gel cleansers on hand, but I love them both so much. Antipodes Juliet Brightening Gel Cleanser* smells amazing, it's the first thing I noticed by it. I tend to use this on a morning to awaken my skin and brighten it that little bit more. It contains manuka honey, kiwifruit and hibiscus flower, which is why it smells so amazing. It's a New Zealand brand and all the best skincare comes from that side of the world, so I trust it. I wet my skin slightly before applying this and letting it foam up. I always used to stay away from foaming cleansers as I felt they stripped my skin too much, but this doesn't. Another one I use for an extra deep clean is REN Rosa Centifolia Cleansing Gel* which is a foaming cleanser which leaves your skin feeling deep cleaned. It's detergent, soap and sulphate free, which is why your skin isn't left feeling like it has been stripped. This is great if you've only been wearing a little bit of make up during the day as it will gently remove any dirt or make up.
An oil cleanser is something I also love using on a morning as well as a pre cleanse. The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil* has been used for a while now and a little goes a long way with this. For the days I have been wearing a full face of make up, I will take a pump of this and massage it into the skin, breaking up the make up. It's suitable for all skin types, especially sensitive skin, so nobody needs to worry about that. Before using this, I had never used any The Body Shop skincare except the body butters (which are divine), so I'm very impressed. I spoke about it a lot more here in my Introduction To Skincare
Last but not least, it's Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish*, everyones favourite cleansers. It's the first cleanser I tried out properly and the first for many other people, as it's such a great starter. I keep this bottle in my shower so when I'm in there, that's what I wash my face with. I don't believe that it gets rid of your make up as much as people say it does, but it leaves your skin clean and soft. It's a simple cleanser and I would suggest this to anyone who is just starting out. This is the second bottle of it, so that goes to show how much I love it.

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Luce x

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