When it came to the iconic Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, I forever felt like an outside looking in (cue dramatic music); you see up until late last year I was allergic to cocoa butter which happens to be one of the core ingredients within such cleanser. As such using a product laden with the skin nourishing and softening butter would be foolish - the end result would be a red, angry rash which I'm sure no-one truly sets out to achieve? Well as luck would have it, I seem to have outgrown such allergy, allowing me to not only try Liz Earle's Cleanse and Polish but fully appreciate the formula too. Better late than never huh?
As I'm sure you aware Liz Earle's Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, is held within high regard in the beauty world - as a matter of a fact it has won over 100 beauty awards since it's launch and to date it is still the only cleanser within the now expansive Liz Earle range. As you be aware, the concept behind Liz Earle's Cleanse and Polish is to both gently and effectively cleanse the skin, (it will remove even the heaviest of make-up) as well as exfoliating and moisturising the skin too.
The best way to describe or categorise the Cleanse and Polish formula, is to deem it as a cream cleanser. Yes that is selling it a little short but it is difficult to describe, the thick, almost moisturiser like consistency any other way. To apply you simply dispense one to two pumps of product into the hands, gently massage into the face and neck, before removing with a damp muslin cloth. As Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish is a little thicker than your average cleanser, it encourages you to massage and really work it into the skin; this in turn promotes circulation which will leave the complexion glowing. The duty of the muslin cloth, along with removing the product is to "polish" the skin so to speak. By using gentle, polishing movements it will loosen any dead and dry skin cells, leaving the skin feeling and looking softer and smoother. With weeks of artificial heat ahead (the downside of Autumn) this could be the secret to a glowing, plump and nourished complexion.
As most will know by this point, science is not my strong point (goodness knows I do try) so I rather than go into great depth with let me quickly share a few of the main components of Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish. To protect, soothe and somewhat soften the skin this cleanser contains Beeswax, which may also relieve chapped skin. To degonest there is Eucalyptus essential oil, Glycerine for additional hydration, Hops Extract helps to tone the skin, as well as being an astringent (great for healing blemishes, Cocoa Butter to soften and lastly Rosemary Oil for it's beneficial antioxidant properties (to help promote and keep the complexion clear).
Now I've finally seen the light I am recommending Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser to all that will listen, the creamy texture is ideal for all skin types and ages - it glides over the skin, gently nourishing as it goes. I hasten to add that I have oily, blemish prone skin and can vouch that this does not irritate nor overwhelm, rather it effectively removes all traces of make up and sunscreen which in the past have been the source of many of a break out.
If you have yet to try Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, jump on board - it is fully worthy of all the hype and then some.
Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser £14/100ml via Boots - link.
This post contains a press sample.