The popular method of cleansing your skin these days has to be the hot cloth method. A cream, gel or balm is massaged into the skin dissolving make up then you remove the dirt using hot water and muslin/cloths, wiping away in circular motion to help exfoliate the skin.
I’ve been a massive fan and advocate of these type of cleansers for well over 2 years now and couldn’t live without it especially after a long day… I can’t wait to get my make up off!
The idea of a product literally melting your make up away is just bliss and to be able to simply wipe it away without using facial wipes or dare I say – baby wipes (we’ve all done it!)
I first tried Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel when a friend gifted me instantly I fell in love – infused with marula oil, it literally melting my make up away, leaving your skin feeling so soft, well cleansed and smelling amazing, however I always found it struggled with my mascara, so eye make up remover was a must.
Years later I moved on to Liz Earle Skincare and was introduced to the idea of hot cloth cleansing with a cream based cleanser and the rest is history I guess.
I noticed I had a little collection building thanks to the likes of You Beauty, Glossybox and my regular shopping outings, so I thought it would be nice to give you the low down on what I’ve tried and what are my likes and loves….
I’d heard of Pixi and have tried the Glow Tonic, but up til the end of last year I really didn’t know that much about them. I’m a big fan of Em Ford’s Blog, as a fellow sufferer of acne I’m always keen to hear about products she’s tried. On her You Tube channel she had a fantastic video on her evening routine of make up removal. After seeing this balm I figured it’d be worth giving this balm a go. I picked mine up at my local M&S, which was super handy as I’m not very patient when it comes to our postal services haha
It’s a good size tub and smells amazing (That’ll be the almond oil and cocoa butter) It’s a balm to oil formula and really only need a small amount per cleanse so you will get your moneys worth out of it.
It’s smooth and creamy on application, I found that it had small balls within the balm which were a little more difficult to massage in (they kept falling off my skin and sticking to the sides of the sink).
As its oil based, after massaging into your dry skin you’re left with a thick oily residue on your hands which of course won’t wash away without soap or wiped off with a cloth. So does it work – YES! You are left with soft, smooth and hydrated skin. I tend not to use anything else after cleansing with balm. The only downside for me would be that I found the balm quite sticky and as I said the oily hands weren’t so great for me.
I would most definitely recommend this product for someone with dry skin and in terms of price, I did find it a little pricier than others, saying that you will only need a small amount so it will last you a lot longer.
Now you all know I’m a sucker for Soap & Glory so when Boots had a 3 for 2 I figured what better way to take advantage and try some new products.
Ultimelt is the cheapest of the cleansers that I’m reviewing and the great of this brand you already know what you’re getting with them. I love everything about them, the packaging, the scents, the quirkiness well you get where I’m going. Cutely packaged like a toothpaste tube you get a lot for your money. A simple white cream with the most beautiful sweet scent with notes of citrus and lavender. Cuts through make up really well, it just simply melts away, leaving your face well cleansed. It also helps with rebalancing and brightening your skin.
A great value for money product from a trusted brand, though this cleanser is not suitable for those sensitive to essential oils.
I received a sample of this with one of my beauty boxes, I’ve not heard of Merumaya but they have quite an extensive collection of products, Founder Maleka Dattu created “Integrative Effective Skincare” which helps you age youthfully, by preventing signs of skin ageing.
So this is probably one of my favourites Let’s start with the smell -Just beautiful (Sweet Almond Oil and Echium Seed Oil (RevitElix™), Mangosteen extract and the MERUMAYA Signature Essence Blend. In terms of consistency – To look at it you would imagine it to be very thick and almost gloopy but it’s just right, and goes onto the skin evenly and with ease. Once you add water to your face, it melts into a milk which makes it easy to remove with a cloth.
As a balm this is most definitely my favourite and the price is great too! I will be purchasing this balm and exploring Merumaya’s other products more in the future!
We all know the amazing properties of Honey and Propolis are for you inside and out, so when I received a travel size pot of of this little gem (30ml at £4.95) in my January You Beauty Box, I couldn’t wait to try.
It’s light but effective and took off my make up really well. It smells like a summer’s day, the propolis and wild honey have a subtle sweetness but there’s also a fresh smell to it which is oh so lovely. Packed with mother natures natural vitamins and nutrients I’d say this is a brand I’d definitely love to try other products from and I’ll most definitely be purchasing this cleanser again.
So what’s favourite way to take your cleanser? Do you like foams, gels, balms or the ever convenient micellar water or wipes? Any products you’d recommend? Let me know.