When it comes to cleansing my motto is often "C&P = TLC", as a cleanser that has stood the test of time in my skincare regime and one that I can't imagine not using anytime soon is the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser (from £13.25). It removes every last trace of makeup and leaves skin feeling soothed not stripped, and I can always rely on it - when my complexion is feeling sore or looking worse for wear I know it'll help to restore the balance and calm things down. I'm currently using one of Liz's limited edition cleansers which is a twist on the original classic scent - Orange Flower & Chamomile - and I love it! The limited edition Christmas scent Sweet Orange & Mint also sounds gorgeous and would make a lovely present for the product junkie in your life, no matter their age or skin type.
I have 'combination' skin and the cleanser I reach for when its leaning towards 'oily' or 'blemish-prone' is a product from one of my favourite skincare brands, the REN ClearCalm 3 Anti-Blemish Clay Cleanser (£18). Containing French clay to purify and absorb excess oil along with a host of other spot-zapping and sebum-reducing ingredients, the word that springs to mind when massaging this cleanser in is 'matte' - the formula works incredibly well at eliminating any unwanted shine even after I've removed it with a warm flannel, and helps to tone pores. One to have in your collection for pesky breakouts!
A product that has reached 'holy grail' status within my routine is the Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm (£36), which despite the slightly ridiculous price tag is something that I'll repurchase again and again just because it's such a dream to use and makes a big difference to the overall appearance and feel of my skin. I featured it in my April Favourites post but it's one of my favourites every month, as I find the whole process of using it really enjoyable - if you're willing to spend more, a little bit does goes a long way!
The Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser (£8.99) and the Avene Eau Thermale Extremely Gentle Cleanser (£8) are two 'extras' that I keep in my bathroom cabinet for times when I need a quick, no-frills cleanse and they both work perfectly for that purpose. For example if I've just done a face mask and want to wash it off or I've already used one of the previously mentioned cleansers in the morning but did a Pilates workout in the afternoon, I'll use either of these - they're efficient, affordable and neither are particularly foaming. Job done.
The next cleansers on my list are the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel, The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter and the Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser.
Which cleanser(s) are you loving at the moment?