Some days the effort of using cleansing balms and oils seems a bit too much like hard work… and when this happens, I reach for a creamy cleanser. I find the former works best on full make-up, while the no-residue-easy-rinse texture of cream cleansers are perfect for a morning cleanse or when I’m wearing lighter make-up.
Clarins Extra Comfort Anti Pollution Cleansing Cream
I suspected I’d love Clarins’ new cleanser before I even tried it, as I’m already a fan of the Extra Comfort foundation - and let’s face it, who’s skin wouldn’t benefit from a little extra comfort? This comfort factor comes from extracts of nourishing shea butter, mango, and jojoba oil with anti-pollution moringa seed. I massage it in, then remove with a flannel and warm water. The formula is rich, creamy and an absolute pleasure to use… it leaves my skin feeling completely clean, yet not at all squeaky or tight, just soft and soothed to the extent that I could almost skip moisturiser (though never do). The consistency feels luxurious and you get a lot for your money with 200ml packed into the flip-top tube.
Clarins Extra Comfort Anti Pollution Cleansing Cream rrp £25. though you can currently get it for £20 at Escentual.
Soap & Glory The Ultimelt
If you don’t wish to part with quite so much cash, Soap & Glory The Ultimelt hot cloth cleanser is a great option - not actually much cheaper at £10 for 100ml (half the size of Clarins) - but a smaller initial outlay. I’ve got to be honest, I didn’t expect to be so impressed with this. I’d only used Soap & Glory body products before and while I liked them, the skincare snob in me (yes I admit it) assumed this would be an average product; in fact it’s just as good as many high end cleansers I’ve tried and I really enjoy using it. Described as ‘a detox spa for your skin’, the concentrated formula contains essential oils and vitamins for deep cleansing without stripping the skin. You can see how dense the texture is in the pic above and the muslin cloth provided is a goodun’, though I do remain faithful to my Washi Cloths.
Soap & Glory the Ultimelt rrp £10 at Boots (on 3 for 2)
What’s your favourite type of cleanser: cream, balm, oil or gel?