Superdrug Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser £5.99
I bought this looking for a cheap alternative to the Liz Earle favourite, if you’d like a full comparison let me know. This was much thicker and left a residue, much better for drier days/winter months than summer when it could be a bit much. It’s safe to use on eye makeup though which is a huge time saving plus for me.. it does however smell like sun cream.
Botanics Organic Cleansing Balm £6.63
Also a product I bought hoping to find a Liz Earle dupe.. this was completely the wrong choice. It’s a balm as opposed to a cream or a liquid so totally different to anything else I’ve used. It’s supposedly a dupe for the Eve Lom cleanser (I may have been confused) and although at first I hated it I came to realise it has it’s place. It’s all natural and soothing so for those with skin prone to react with products it’s probably going to be perfect. Not unlike the Vitamin E cleanser it also leaves an oily film so I decided it was more suited to dry skin types.
Neutrogena Visibly Clear 2in1 Face Wash/Mask £3.99
I used this on and off for years during my blemish prone periods and it’s a great product to have in as it doubles as a face mask. It’s really effective at keeping excess oil and breakouts at bay.
Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Gel Wash £4.89
First of all this smells amazing. There are 3 options which I believe are targeted at different levels of oil control. The scrub was a little too drying for me, this was much gentler yet did the job and I think if you’re on the oily/combination fence you may be more at home with the cream wash.
This gives a deep clean while smoothing with fruit acids to gently exfoliate. It’s creamy and refreshing and I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that this smells divine! Most importantly it’s not drying and it goes some way to evening out combination skin.
Clinique Facial Soap £13-£14.00
As you probably know you can purchase this is liquid or bar form. For combination skin I would suggest the milder formula and if you err more on the side of dry than oily I would go for the liquid over the bar however the bar lasts a lot longer. Most importantly you don’t have to use this in conjunction with Cliniques 3 step programme.. it doesn’t suit everyone but the cleanser is still really effective and something I would recommend everyone try at some point.
Now I have actually tried this and have to say.. I wasn’t impressed but I’m led to believe that for those with very sensitive/problem skin it’s a life saver.
Dr Organic Rose Otto Cleansing Milk £8.19
The Dr Organic range has a lot of fans and if you’re in to that kind of thing you might want to pop over to Holland and Barrett to check it out. This is a cleansing milk as opposed to a wash which often people with more sensitive skin prefer as it’s a little more soothing.
Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser £14.25
No matter what phase my skin is in this cleanser always works for me. It’s gentle but be warned your skin can become reliant and break out when you stop using it.
Simple Refreshing Facial Wash £1.32
If you have no skin woes.. why spend a fortune when you don’t have to? All you want is to feel fresh and clean and this will do the job for a bargain basement price. Some of us spend a fortune looking for ‘the one’ so why not take advantage of your enviable position?
The most important thing I learnt about cleansers recently is not to be fooled by texture. I used to hate creamy cleansers ’cause I never felt like they were doing anything until I discovered exfoliating acids. Whether they be glycolic or citric they can smooth the skin just as well as any face scrub so like I said.. always check the label! My favourite cleanser of the moment has to be the Soap & Glory Peaches & Clean which contains said acids and leaves me feeling squeaky clean so unless you’ve already found your holy grail skincare regime why not throw out any preconceptions and try something different?
…and if you have found your HG cleanser let us all in on your secret!!!