Recently I’ve been feeling like I’m going through cleansers like anything, but that definitely can’t be a bad thing!
Although I do have my staple bathroom favourites, I like switching up my skincare routine in the hopes of finding something even better. Last month whilst waiting in a ridiculously long Boots queue I picked up Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. I had tried this out almost 10 years ago and I thought it was fairly average. My skin was very reactive then due to acne and so my past experiences aren’t anything to go by really.
Since there had been quite a bit of hype around it again recently I decided to see if it really was worth it.
For those who have never heard of Cleanse& Polish, it’s a two-step cleanser from natural beauty brand Liz Earle, and it works to deep-cleanse and gently exfoliate at the same time. It’s actually where Caroline Hirons’ ‘Double Cleanse’ idea stemmed from and a lot of spa’s adopt this method when doing facials. Cleanse and polish has won countless award for its “revolutionary” cleansing process and I just had to see whether I was washing my face all wrong all this time.
So the Hot Cloth Cleanser starter kit comes with a 100ml bottle of the cleanser and two muslin cloths. Everything is cutely packed in a zipped pouch, which makes it great for travelling. The cleanser is a rich creamy consistency and is suitable for all skin types. It contains purifying eucalyptus essential oil, toning rosemary plus soothing chamomile and cocoa butter.
It’s not fragrance free so there is a fairly strong smell of Eucalyptus that comes through but that doesn’t really bother me. It reminds me of certain spa’s I’ve been to.
My first thoughts were, I wonder if this going to be a lot of effort? Silly really, considering my skin care routine already takes forever and I actually enjoy it. For those of you who don’t find cleansing a joyous occasion and are wondering whether this will take years off your life, then nope, it’s really very easy to use.
The cleanser itself is a thick cream but not so thick that you can’t work it into your skin, dispensed from a pump-action bottle. You massage the cream over your skin, and it really easily melts all over your face without too much effort. The smooth buttery consistency means that you can really work it into your lashes and the eye area to help dissolve stubborn or waterproof eye makeup.
You then use one of the muslin cloth’s and soak it in hot water and after wringing it out, use it over your face to remove the cleanser. Once that’s done, splash you face with cold water.
Some people assume that the hot water will open up your pores and will help the cleansing process but honestly, I think that’s just a myth. Pores don’t open up. Hot water can make the outer layers of skin swell, which makes pores look more ‘open,’ but they don’t open and close based on temperature.
If you’re wondering whether the muslin cloth is really that important then let me tell you, yes. It is. The fact that you gently exfoliate with the cloth only makes this step more important – dead skin is sloughed away leaving the skin more receptive to any creams that you decide to use afterwards.
After a whole month of using this cleanser, I have to say that this is the only face cleanser that removes my make-up, doesn’t foam up (great for my acne prone skin that tends to dry out), smells pretty incredible (yep, I’ve grown to love that smell), it doesn’t burn/sting my eyes and leaves me feeling fresh. No tightness of my skin at all. It’s pretty impressive.
If previously you had neglected your cleansing routine, then you’ll probably notice dramatic differences once you start to Cleanse & Polish. A good cleansing routine is, in my opinion, is the basis of looking your best. Priced at £16, this cleanser is worth every penny.