Up untill a few years ago I never gave much thought when choosing a face wash and 9 times out of 10 I would just buy face-wipes, they're quick, easy and cheap but they dont clean your face properly, all they do is smear makeup/natural oils and everything else all over your skin, only removing the surface dirt.
I always got random dry patches, my makeup wouldnt apply properly, would look awful and my skin just didnt look or feel very nice. I tried 100s of drugstore cleansers but they just made the problems worse, my skin would always feel striped, tight, irritated and look very red. I had heard/read about Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish for years but for some reason never purchased it, then when I was about 19/20 I decided to try it and I'm so glad I did!
This cleanser is one that I will always re-purchase, I chop and change my cleansers quite a bit, just because I like to see if there is anything better out there but I always come back to Liz Earle. It doesnt strip my skin, is a brilliant eye makeup remover, doesnt irritate my eyes [which are very sensitive] the muslin cloth gently buffs your skin, removing any dead, dull skin cells and you're left with skin that feels moisturised, plump, smooth, soft and glowing. It smells of eucalyptus but isnt overpowering, suits all skin types and it is reasonably priced, compared to some other brands.
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser
Elemis Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser (150ml) RRP: £27.60
To me, this is basically the same as Cleanse & Polish.. same cream cleanser, same pump tube, same removal method except you get an Elemis mitt instead of a muslin cloth [which I actually prefer] and it has anti-ageing ingredients. I really like this cleanser but its not the best for removing mascara, that might not be a big deal to some people but I just hate and wont use a seperate makeup remover before cleansing. If I'm wearing makeup I'll do a double cleanse. The most noticable difference between the 2 cleansers is the price.. quite a big price jump! I wouldnt purchase this on it's own but QVC sell some great Elemis kit's that include this cleanser and it works out so much cheaper.
Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial Wash, 200ml RRP: £27.60
This cleanser cant be used around the eye area. After using your usual cleanser you use this, it has a slighly cooling effect on the skin and stimulates the skins natural cell renewal cycle, smoothing and refining whilst sloughing away dead skin cells which dull the complexion. I've only been using this for about 2 months but havent been religious with it so maybe thats why I havent noticed a big diference. It helps to smooth lumpy bumpy skin and even skin tone, acne scarring etc. When using this you have to use SPF30!
I alternate between Liz Earle cleanse & polish and Elemis Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser, usually using both Elemis cleansers at night. My skin can be a nightmare at times with sensitivity but these are the cleansers that really work for me.
Using the right cleanser makes a huge difference to how your skin behaves. If you're cleansing wrong then everything you apply to your face after is going to go wrong.
What are your HG cleansers?