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Review: Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish (I didn’t much like this either)

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish is, for the uninitiated, a plant-based hot cloth cleanser that cleans the skin before, you guessed it, polishing your skin. It claims to leave skin smoother and clearer than before, and it has the rave …

Mon, Jan 28, 2013, 07:30

   

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish is, for the uninitiated, a plant-based hot cloth cleanser that cleans the skin before, you guessed it, polishing your skin. It claims to leave skin smoother and clearer than before, and it has the rave reviews to prove it.

There are certain products that, as a fashion and beauty writer, one is predisposed towards liking. This, of course, is entirely incorrect – I know that I should approach all products with a healthy degree of cynicism and pessimism, knowing that luxury is, very often, not luxury at all. But still, one can not help but be swayed by the oohings and aahings of one’s peers, and reading review after review of how great Liz Earle’s master product, Cleanse and Polish, was, I was definitely imagining I was going to love it, and that was before I’d made the purchase*.

First impressions were good. It smells delightful – the eucalyptus essential oil is really calming and soothing, and it gives the impression of being in a high-end spa, which is always a plus. The whole hot-cloth routine is one I could really get on board with, too; there’s something about warming one’s skin up and then buffing it gently that is, again, quite soothing and something that I quite enjoyed fitting into my routine. It comes with two cleansing cloths that I bunged into the washing machine and, though they didn’t quite come back glistening, they dried easily so it wasn’t too much of an ordeal.

I really liked this product, for about two weeks, until my skin began to break out and dry up around the chin and, despite my having stopped using it about a month ago, my face still isn’t the same. It just obviously didn’t suit my skin type (oily and prone to under-the-skin bumps, grrr). It’s such a pity because, as I said, I was inclined to like it from the beginning and, as routines go, I did enjoy using it. It just didn’t give the greatest results. Onwards and upwards!

* Yes, we lowly journalists do buy things sometimes. If you like, I can tell you when something is a press sample (Lush’s Angels on Bare Skin, for example, was) but I don’t feel it makes all that much of a difference to the review, except that I am slightly more irked when I dislike something I’ve forked out on than I am when I dislike something I’ve been given.