Cleansing my skin has always been something of an obsession with me. Without a clean canvas, how can anything you put on it stand a chance of looking good? I love that the Japanese women think nothing of double-cleansing their faces everyday, twice a day – take a look at their skin to see how hard work and effort pays off.
Good skin may inherently come from good genes, but even that race of “lucky skin people” make the most of what they’ve been blessed with by sticking to a good skincare regime. I’ve long been a huge fan of anything from the Elemis Pro-Collagen range so I was beyond excited when I heard that the newest baby in the Pro-Collagen family was about to be born!
The Cleansing Balm has proven to be everything I had hoped for and more. Suitably soft-solid in the jar, it melts almost instantaneously on my fingers and is swept over my face quickly and easily. No gritty bits here to annoy the senses and the skin. On the contrary, an aromatherapeutic blend of lavender, chamomile, eucalyptus, geranium, orange, menthol and clove is encased in the British-sourced botanical oil-base including wheatgerm, oat, starflower and elderberry oils. The “slip” factor means that this is perfect for an evening massage while I inhale deeply to make the most of the aromatherapy properties. And then I whisk it all off using the accompanying luxurious cleansing cloth which I’ve dampened in warm water.
Much like another favourite, my Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm, a little goes a long way, so don’t scoop out loads before you know how much you need for your face. On the plus side, one jar is going to last for ages. I’ll also be using it as a luxurious moisturising and deep cleansing mask, massaging it into the face and neck, leaving it on for 10 minutes whilst losing myself in the exquisite aromas, then removing in the same way with the cloth.
A word to the wise before I go: I used this all over the face, including my eyes. Never again! Although it removed all the eye make-up admirably, it’s not something I would recommend for delicate eye area. Serves me right really. When something contains menthol and eucalyptus, only an idiot would go slapping it on over the eyes. That idiot would be me.
So I’ll be sticking to my regular eye make-up removers, and I think this little beauty will be my once a week super-indulgent treat.