Elemental Herbology Cool & Clear Oil Control Facial Cleanser - £29 for 100ml
This was given to me as a 'get well' treat from a friend. I love it! It smells gorgeous and is full of glorious botanicals and anti-oxidant ingredients like lavender, tea-tree oil and green tea to fight bacteria and soothe and protect the skin, making you feel like a floral goddess.
The pump action on the bottle ensures that I don't waste too much cleanser, but I do have to pump out 4 to 6 squirts of the stuff to get a 'clean' feeling and even lather over my face. It doesn't foam much but this isn't necessarily a bad thing - it's like a botanical gel for your face which penetrates your face, slowly doing you good. For someone with oily skin, this is great at balancing oil to leave the skin feeling clean and purified. I have taken to using this product as a 'treat' instead a daily cleanser just to make it last a bit longer.
Fresh Soy Face Cleanser - £11.50 for 50ml
I was fortunate enough to pick up a free sample of the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser at the Harrods HQ – which held a large-enough amount to know that I’d found a gentle, refreshing and SLS-free cleanser and subsequently purchase a larger bottle in-store.
Soy proteins in the facial cleanser left my skin feeling toned and radiant, and with a soy-replacement for oil in the ingredients list I noticed an improvement over all in the texture of my skin (less pizza-face, more “hello boys”). In a bid to scrub away all impurities and blemishes, I would often grind Dead Sea Salt and micro beads into my face leaving it looking raw and red (it felt like a good idea at the time). I have since learnt the error of my ways, and found that using a gentle and soothing cleanser actually benefits the skin whilst reducing oil-levels, pore-size, inflammation and impurities without being astringent or drying. The Fresh soy cleanser has thick and gel-like consistency without the need for any sulphate-nasties to disappear into an airy foam. It is soft, smooth, and easy to apply, a small globule goes a LONG way, and I can feel it cleaning out my pores whilst massaging in small circular motions around my face. Coupled with a relaxing and soothing cucumber scent which I found helped reduce mild redness, it has become the equivalent of sitting back with a face mask and cucumber slices over your eye-lids by creating the same level of deep relaxation.
In all, my evening cleansing-ritual has been something to look forward to whilst purifying my skin (with particular attention to my T-zone - which could get so oily you could slide down on a tray), and removing all traces of make up and invisible London grime. My skin now feels Fresh and clean on a daily basis, and the Salt Scrub is staying far away from my face!
Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Cleanser - £7.95 for 150ml
I just love Nip+Fab products! They're not overpriced, yet they claim (and seem) to do beneficial and scientific wonders to your skin. I hope to do a 'three of the best' on their other products, but I couldn't miss an opportunity to praise their cleanser.
When you tip the bottle upside down it sort of pours out like water. I was dubious to start with because usually you don't get much foam out of watery cleansers like this. However, within seconds of hitting my face I was trying not to breathe bubbles up my nose - this is the foamiest cleanser yet, in a really good way. It has a delicate smell of hints of apple and grapefruit, and the 2% glycolic acid aims to exfoliate and retexture, whilst apple amino acids cleanse and purify. My skin feels so hydrated after using this and I feel like I'm doing something good for my skin - to combat the heavy scrubbing I do when I'm using an exfoliator. I always try to hold my breath for as long as possible so I can rub it round my face that little bit longer, before I have to wash it off or breathe the bubbles up my nose.