Product Review – Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanse and Polish

10 Sep

I’ll be honest and say that I often have a love/hate relationship with my skin…

I’m naturally pale (fake tan costs per month is usually high for me!) and suffer with a condition called Polymorphic Light Eruption (Google it if interested) which results in a rash that appears mainly on my arms and legs after exposure to UV light.

As for my face, I was lucky that I managed to avoid serious breakouts in my teenage years – I would get what I described as ‘hormonal break outs’, usually on my chin at that ‘time’ of the month! I would often find myself doing one of my beloved overnight Sudocreme face masks to dry and soothe and reduce the breakout on my chin…

In my later 20’s, I found the hormonal break outs to get worse, and I would often spend mornings caking on the concealer. It wouldn’t stop there, I noticed that I would have dull looking skin; no matter how well I was maintaining it. I tried a variety of cleansers, moisturisers and serums to try and help, many only offering a short term improvement.

Liz Earle was a brand I had been aware of for many years; a boyfriend of mine when I was in my late teens swore by it, as he had problematic skin whilst at school. I waited until I was 29 to try it and wish I had done sooner.

The Hot Cloth Cleanse and Polish is a cult product – it receives rave reviews amongst beauty bloggers and after suffering with break outs on my chin and dull looking skin that even my beloved Dermalogica couldn’t solve, I ordered the 100ml starter kit from their website

Ordering + Product Arrival

I have to say that the website is great to use and navigated easily…it looks stylish and professional and I wasn’t left hunting about for what I wanted. I chose my product, created my account and happily waited for it to drop through the door (I selected the Standard Delivery – 5 – 7 Days)

5 days later, my order arrived and I was delighted. It was well packed and I was also sent a 50ml sample of the Tonic (which I was dying to try!) and the full colour range of their Skin Tints…(I use the palest but the others were gratefully received by my housemate!) I was eager to try the products out so got down to it straight away!

Ingredients and Use

The full ingredients list is*: Aqua (water), Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, Cetearyl alcohol, Cetyl esters, Sorbitan stearate, Polysorbate 60, Glycerin, Cera alba (beeswax), Propylene glycol, Humulus lupulus (hops) extract, Panthenol, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) extract, Anthemis nobilis (chamomile) extract, Eucalyptus globulus (eucalyptus) oil, Limonene, Citric acid, Sodium hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dehydroacetic acid, Polyaminopropyl biguanide.

*taken from the Liz Earle website

The instructions are great – the product comes with a detailed instruction list along with the 2 x pure muslin cloths…for the full polishing effect! I love the packaging – it reminds me of Tiffanys!

You use 1-2 pumps of the product (I have found 1 full pump perfect) and massage onto dry skin. The product has a lovely smell, which is clearly the eucalyptus oil, and reminds me of the smell of Spas – gorgeous and refreshing. I massage the product fully over my face and down on to my neck.

The muslin cloth is great – you dampen it in hand hot water and use this to ‘polish’ the product all over your face. You can, remarkably, use this product to remove eye make-up and it does so with no stinging WHATSOEVER! Personally, I remove make-up with a wipe first and then go and cleanse and polish. For the purpose of this review, I did test it removing Saturday’s eye make-up and it was fully removed, pain free! Amazing!

To finish off, rinse the muslin cloth out and splash your face with cold water.

It’s recommended you wash the cloth after every 3-4 uses at 40. I put the cloth in with a towels or bed linen wash.

Initial Review and thoughts…

Although I have only used this product since Saturday ( 6 full uses when this review was written) I can already notice a difference in my skin – it looks better, feels smoother and the ‘dullness’ I was suffering with has gone. Even the awful spots I was suffering with on my chin have all but disappeared.  I have been using the Tonic after each cleanse and this is also great and something I will be investing in. I am currently using my Dermalogica ‘Skin Smoothing Cream’ at the end of the routine but will also look into investing in the Liz Earle moisturiser if this improvement in my skin continues.

So far, amazed with this product, the customer service and delivery are all great. I highly recommend this product to anyone looking to brighten up their skin – it’s certainly worked for me!

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