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Sunday, 22 January 2017

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Review

I realise that I'm very late to this party. Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish has been raved about for years but I have always somehow resisted the temptation to give it a try. I often develop an irrational fear of buying incredibly popular products and it seems almost impossible for it to live up to the hype. What surprised me about Cleanse and Polish is how long the good press has lasted. Rather than dying out quietly after a year or so, reviews remain consistently positive. With so many brands on the market, seeing people repurchase a produce makes a big statement. If a beauty obsessive is happy to stick with the same cleanser despite an ever-changing carousel of new products, you know it must be a winner.

As the name suggests, Cleanse and Polish works using a two-step method. First you apply the cleanser  to dry skin and massage in. I love this step. There's something so relaxing and ritualistic about taking the time to massage the product in. It's very gentle but does an excellent job of melting away all of your makeup. You then use a cotton cloth to gently buff the cleanser away and exfoliate the skin. This always leaves my face feeling so soft and nourished unlike many other cleanser which can make my skin feel tight and dry.

The cleanser contains a number of ingredients that are great for both clearing and nourishing the skin. The beeswax and caprylic/capric triglyceride are made up of fatty acids with skin protecting properties and the cocoa seed butter acts as a traditional African remedy for dry skin. It also contains Humulus lupulus extract, which has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties to prevent spots. This is also an anti-oxidant meaning it fights the free radicals that can lead to premature ageing.

At £15.50 for a 100ml kit it's pricier than your average Garnier face wash. The price you pay for the quality you get though is great and much cheaper than a lot of the alternatives. I used to use the Eve Lom Cleanser, which is absolutely beautiful but £55 for the same amount. As much as I adore it I simply can't justify spending so much of my student loan on a cleanser (although I have tried). I get similar results with Liz Earle but at a much better price.

It's not hard to work out that I love this cleanser. It leaves my face feeling super soft and clean. My sister used it when visiting me and was equally impressed. We actually loved it so much that we even popped one in our mum's Christmas stocking.

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