Having a great cleanser that you can rely on in your beauty routine is key for how well the rest of your products will perform. It took me a long time to realise the importance of a really good cleanser but since then I've always made sure that I've cleansed properly and used something that I know I can rely on. And whilst I've flitted back and forth between different formulations and tried new options. There are a few that have always and will always have a home in my skincare routine.
LIZ EARLE CLEANSE & POLISH: Whenever I ever write about cleansers I feel like I have to mention this cult classic from Liz Earle. It was the first cleanser that I ever saw a real difference from using and I know no matter what the condition of my skin this will bring it back to a healthy balanced state. It's a cream formulation that feels incredibly kind and gentle to the skin and doesn't aggravate any breakouts or dry out the complexion at all. It might not promise anything revolutionary [which personally I don't think my cleanser should do, it should just cleanse my skin] and I think that's why it's so loved by so many people because it just does what it says it will.
ANTIPODES GRACE CLEANSER*: This is the latest fail safe cleanser to join my beauty arsenal and it's such a beautiful skincare product. Antipodes are well known for being an all natural band and even though that's not something that I feel too strongly about personally it's nice to know that they're formulated with wonderful ingredients. Even though it feels so kind and gentle to the complexion it still gives the skin a deep through cleanser as well as serving up a big surge of moisture. This is another one that I know works perfectly well no matter the condition of my skin whether it's more oily or there are dry patches popping up. It keeps my skin happily balanced as well as obviously being thoroughly cleansed.
OSKIA RENAISSANCE CLEANSING GEL*: Gel cleansers have got a terribly bad rap and for that reason alone I never thought that one would become such a staple in my skincare routine. It goes from a gel to an oil when warmed up and it brightens the skin beautifully due to the inclusion of pumpkin enzymes in its ingredients list. The oil that it warms to is absolutely beautiful on the skin and helps with dry patches and dehydration issues so well. Which is why this is a cleanser that I absolutely love to use in the Autumn/Winter months. I know some people have encountered issues with this irritating their eyes and stinging but that's not something I've ever found even when massaging this into my eyes to remove any remnants of eye makeup.
ELEMIS PRO COLLAGEN CLEANSING BALM*: When my skin feels really terrible from either dryness, dehydration, blemishes or even sunburn I know this is something that I can turn to. It's incredibly expensive cleanser, there is no denying that but I do think that this is one of the instances that you get what you pay for. It's a thick balm that has to be warmed up in the hands so it can melt into an oil which you then massage into the skin. This is a great cleansing option if you're a lover of the facial massage as it feels like such a luxe sensation on the complexion. It feels beautiful on parched dehydrated skin but it's not something I've ever found to aggravate my complexion when it's a little more spot prone even though it does contain shea butter.