Since I became a mum nearly 8 years ago (wow, that whizzed by) my beauty regime has changed. Now it's all about multi-tasking and by this I mean emailing a client whilst watching the boys playing tennis or using a product that takes seconds to apply and does lots of things such as highlight, gloss and prime.
Working in the glamourous world of TV advertising in London during the 90s meant I spent quite a few lunch hours browsing the amazing beauty halls of Harrods, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols. I was always testing, smelling and buying. Flying around the World also meant I was in duty free at least once a month and so had ample chance to but my favourites at duty free prices but the best thing about flying everywhere was the chance to have a nosy in the local chemists for all those regional brands that are often gems.
I used to be an avid cleanser, toner, moisturiser kind of girl, I used to love the whole routine of taking the day off and applying a luxurious night cream but since having kids, I have changed my regime in that I want to get as clean as I can, as quickly as I can before falling into bed. In truth, I had got lazy and despite still applying the "works" most days (unless I was having a Red Lipstick Day ) I was just using an all in one wipe to get rid of the dirt/make up. Definately the slatterns way to getting clean skin. Although, my skin was clean, it was never really clear and then I had a revelation.
How can one product (a wipe) do the job of a cleanser/toner and in some cases even moisturise? The answer is they can't. Don't get me wrong, they can do all of the above, but what they can't do is do the job properly.
Let me introduce you to the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser . I was feeling decidedly uninspired by my old routine and decided to overhaul my regime and the first port of call was getting rid of the face wipes.
Liz Earle sent me the Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth cleanser to review and as I had read and heard amazing reports about this, I was very keen to try it out. In the past I had used the Eve Lom system (very similar but lots more money) and was keen to see how the Liz Earle version compared.
This arrived beautifully packaged with a note to tell me who had checked and packed the cleanser (nice personal touch) and came in a lovely draw string bag with 2 muslin cloths. It's packed full of natural ingredients such as eucaluptus and cocoa butter and it is suitable for every age and skin type hence why Liz Earle only makes one cleaner in the entire range.
Stage 1 - Cleansing
I used 2 squirts of the pump which I then applied to my face. The first thing that hits you is the smell, it's a very natural smell, unlike the purfumey wipes I have been using of late. It is also very thick and creamy and it is cooling to apply. I massaged this into my skin, leaving my eyes until last (so as not to smudge mascara everywhere). Time taken 30 seconds.
Stage 2 - Polishing
Using the muslin cloth you then remove the cream. The trick here is to soak the muslin in a hot basin of water ( the hotter the better I have found) and repeat until the cream has gone. This stage not only takes the cream off whilst remocing dea skin cells, it also opens the pores due to the heat and you get a really good, thorough clean. It is them recommended that you splash cold water on your face, but again, I have been soaking the muslin in cold tap water and using this to close the pores.
Time taken 60 seconds.
So, what do I think? Have I seen a difference?
Firstly, I cannot believe how clean my skin felt after the first time of using this. It was quite remarkable and not only did it feel clean, it was also incredibly soft. I was hooked from the first application and when you look at how it only takes me 2 minutes to do (comparable to wipes) you can see why I am loving the results.
It was interesting that I had a breakout of spots (rarely get spots) on days 3 - 7 but I persevered and my skin is now clean, clear and incredibly soft. I belive this was my skin getting used to be clean again and having a purge od grime and excess oil.
I can't recommend this highly enough and I am going to be investigating the rest of the range as I think that using this in conjunction with the skin tonic and skin repair moisturiser will compliment the already fantastic results.
This starts at £5.10 for a 30ml tube.
Super Amazing Mum Says:
Value for Money: 10/10
Brand Credentials: 10/10 Not only are all ingredients natural, they are also ethically sourced.
Packaging: 6/10 Easy to use and recycleable. The box the cleaner came in though was massive. No need to have sent it is such a big box.
Smell: 7/10 Very natural, not unplesant but took a while to get used to.
Ease of Use: 10/10 I am loving being back in a set routine and it honestly takes me less time to do than the wipes of old.
Overall Score: 43/50.
A great, value for money luxurious product. I am not surprised that this has won numerous awards in the beauty industry and I am looking forward to discovering more of the range and reporting back!
Peace and Love