|Image from http://us.lizearle.com|
Hot Cloth Cleansing has been popular in the UK for some time but not so much in the US. Cleansing with a muslin cloth isn't part of the norm. here. In fact I can't tell you where to even pick up a muslin cloth in order to cleanse your face here in the US. Sure you can use a wash cloth but those terry towel abominations are far to rough for the delicate facial skin. But then again, it's not all about the tool you use to cleanse with as it is about the cleanser. So why am I writing about yet ANOTHER cleaning system for my face? Because this is the first cleaning system I have used since the Clarisonic that has made my skin soft, acne free and clog free in ages!
This wonder product is the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. The company started in the mid 90's by Liz Earle and her friend Kim Buckland. They developed a one of a kind cleanser that is powerful yet gentle and appropriate for any skin type. This plant based cleanser is free from Mineral oil and has a luxurious creamy texture to remove dirt and oil quickly and easily. The 100% pure cotton muslin cloth is the 2nd phase of the cleansing system. By using the cloth you gently exfoliate your skin, remove dead skin cells and reveal smooth soft glowing skin!
I used this product two times a day for a month and I must say that I have never had such clear skin in my entire life. Normally when I don't use my Clarisonic brush for a few days I start to break out and my forehead gets all clogged and congested. Not this time. The muslin cloths combined with the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser really did the trick. I may never have to use my Clarisonic again! (Blasphemy) My breakouts have significantly disappeared and my normally clogged forehead has improved by 50%. My skin tone seems to be better and I have started using a lighter coverage foundation because I don't need such heavy coverage any more. I can even feel comfortable leaving the house without foundation for a short trip to the post office or grocery store. That's a miracle in my book!
The cleansing is simple and easy. I massaged 1 or 2 pumps onto dry skin over my face and neck. Then I rinsed the muslin cloth in hand-hot water and lightly wrung it out. I put the entire cloth over my face for just a few seconds and then gently wiped the cleanser off from my face starting with the forehead, nose, cheeks and chin and finishing with the neck. Then I would splash my face with cold water and follow with Instant Boost Skin Tonic and Skin Repair Moisturiser. The muslin cloth can be easily rinsed out and hung to dry and I wash mine once a week with my whites and air dry rather than put in the dryer.
Now I will say that I did not find the cleanser to effectively remove makeup and mascara as well as the company claims it can. I did try using it two times without using my Shu Uemura oil cleanser to take off my makeup and the Liz Earle cleanser did a poor job at removing my foundation, eyeliner and mascara on its own. It should be noted that I use waterproof mascara, sunscreen and long wear foundation so typical cleansers have a hard time dissolving all that. Oil based cleansers are the way to go for me.
The cleanser has a STRONG Eucalyptus scent to it. But once you rinse it off is leaves no scent behind, but those with sensitive noses beware. The creamy cleanser rinses off cleanly and easily and leaves no oily or filmy feeling on the skin. My skin felt soft and smooth after use and I did not experience any tightness or dryness after rinsing off the cleanser.
The Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot cloth cleanser can be purchased online at http://us.lizearle.com in the US and Canada or http://uk.lizearle.com/ in the UK or click on "Change Location" at the top of the screen to select another other area in the EU. The Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser retails for $24.50 for a 3.3 fl oz pump dispenser cleanser and 2 muslin cloths. This is known as a "Starter Kit". Subsequent refills of the cleanser retail for $21.50 and 2 new muslin cloths are $6.00. Liz Earle also offers a 6.7 oz squeeze tube of the cleanser for $40 and a small trial/travel size 1 oz cleanser for $9.00
Do you NEED this? Yes. I think this cleaning system is not only great for all skin types, but one of the less expensive mid to high end brands out there. I am not yet finished with my 3.3 ox bottle but I have already placed an order for the large 6.7 oz tube so I will be sure not to run out any time soon!
I did use the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser in conjunction with Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic and the Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser for Combination/oily skin, and I'll write more about those products in another post.
The Liz Earle Cleanser contains Cocoa Butter to moisturize, Hops Extract to act as an astringent and tone, Rosemary Essential Oil/Extract for it's antioxidant properties, Chamomile Essential Oil/Extract for soothing the skin, Eucalyptus Essential Oil for the decongestant properties it contains. The cleanser also contains D-panthenol, otherwise known as pro-vitamin B5 for moisturising and stimulating cellular renewal, Glycerin (vegetable derived) for its humectant properties, and Beeswax for its skin protecting properties and aid in relieving chapped skin. The other ingredients in this product are: Benzoic acid, cetearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, cetyl esters, citric acid, dehydroacetic acid, ethylhexygylcerin, methyldibromo glutaronitrile, limonene, phenoxyethanol, polysorbate 60, propylene glycol, polyaminopropyl biguanide, sodium hydroxide, sorbitan stearate.