REVIEW: Liz Earle Skin Care

About a month ago now I was contacted by Liz Earle, and they kindly offered me the chance to test out some of their products. I have already reviewed their hair care, but I wanted to take a good month or so to test out the skin care, as there’s no way anyone could do a thorough review of a skin care line without allowing an adequate amount of time to see how your skin adjusts. So without further ado, let me tell you my thoughts!

Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

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When I think of Liz Earle I automatically think of this cleanser, and so I was really excited to try this. When someone lists their top ten cleansers, this infamous product is bound to get a mention. Often seen as a holy grail skin care product, just look at how many awards it’s won:

I was sent the 100ml cleanser, in a lovely little zip-up wash bag with two muslin cloths, which retails for £13. I don’t think that price is too bad at all, although admittedly some may think £13 for a cleanser, even with the add ons, is a little much. Before I tell you what my skin made of this product, here’s how Cleanse & Polish works:

Our plant-based cleanser has a 2-phase action, phase 1 is the cleansing. Free from mineral oil, it has a rich and creamy texture and swiftly removes all traces of face and eye make-up, even stubborn mascara. Phase 2 is the polishing. Polish off the cream using the pure muslin cloth to help gently dislodge dead skin cells and help reveal clean, soft and radiant skin.

So as you can see it sounds quite fancy, but really it’s very simple. I tend to cleanse my face twice in the morning and once in the morning, because I find it helps keep it really clean and clear. The cleanser is a firm creamy texture, which easily glides across the face, which I then rinsed off with the warm muslim cloth, massaging the skin gently as I remove the cleanser. This is the real magic behind this cleanser, but you could argue that you could use any cleanser with a muslim cloth and get the same result? Well to be honest, I suspect you could, but this cleanser on its own is very good. I have come to this conclusion because I tested it with just a normal flannel to see how well it would perform solo. The cocoa butter and beeswax does leave my dry skin feel beautifully hydrated, but I do find the cleanser very creamy and rich, so whether it would make oilier skins breakout I’m not sure.

The only thing I just couldn’t use get on with with this cleanser is it’s ability to remove make up. Now, long time readers of my blog will know that I don’t really wear foundation, just concealer and stuff, but I found that when I came to tone, I still had remnants on the pad. Furthermore, although it can remove eye- make up, I didn’t like rubbing it on my eyes when it contains such powerful ingredients as eucalyptus, hops extract and rosemary. Great for the skin, but I didn’t feel so much for the eyes!

Check out the cleanser here.

Instant Boost Skin Tonic

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Some people don’t bother with toner, but it’s probably one of my favourite aspects of a cleansing routine. I’ve tried many different types over the years, and wasn’t really sure what I would make of this. Before I tell you my thoughts, here’s how Liz Earle describe it:

This heavenly floral-scented, non-drying toner refreshes, soothes and brightens your skin. Gentle and alcohol-free, it also adds a fine layer of moisture. Naturally active ingredients include organic aloe vera to revitalise and soften and calendula, chamomile, cucumber and natural source vitamin E to soothe and refresh the skin. Pure essential oils of rose-scented geranium, lavender and sweet orange refresh and revive your spirits.

I adore the fresh scent, a good smelling toner for me is a bonus, but I absolutely love this toner anyway. To those who have had a bad experience of toners which resemble a paint stripper feeling then fear not, as this leaves a gorgeous moisturising film on the skin. It doesn’t feel greasy in the slightest, but your skin is left feeling truly nourished and hydrated. Due to the fact it’s for all skin tones I think this would benefit everyone, but like the cleanser, I am not sure how very oily skins would take to it. I would definitely purchase this toner once I run out, but I also like it equally to an Origins one I have used. They are very similar. One more point about this toner is that it really gets your skin squeaky clean. I always notice a bit of make up when I have used it, so sometimes I apply it again until every trace is gone.

Check out the toner here.

Skin Repair Moisturiser- Normal/Combination

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So now we come to the end of your typical cleanse, tone and moisturise routine with a moisturiser suitable for your skin type. My skin is combination/sensitive so I was sent the one for normal/combination skin. Again, a little description from Liz Earle:

This perfectly balanced moisturiser softens, smoothes and conditions skin for a naturally healthy glow.Rich in natural actives, including borage oil (a rich source of the essential fatty acid GLA) and natural antioxidants beta-carotene and vitamin E to replace lost moisture and help protect normal/combination skin. Massage into face and neck, morning and night, after Instant Boost Skin Tonic.Naturally active ingredients include borage and avocado oil to intensively moisturise, smooth and protect.

Unfortunately this moisturiser didn’t work for me, and I broke out. But to balance a negative with a positive, the velvet-buttery texture does leave the skin feeling blissfully soft and smooth, and although I got these results, it gave me a mini breakout every time I used it. I am surprised at this as it says it’s for normal/combination. But anyway, waste not want not, this is now my favourite hand cream, and I also like applying it to my elbows. It leaves skin baby soft and I love it for this, it’s just a shame I can’t use it on my face!

Check out the moisturiser here.

The skip to bit, and concluding thoughts: So if you haven’t got time to read the above, or maybe can’t be bothered (I don’t mind, honest!) then basically the cleanser is lovely, but not quite as amazing as I had imagined. Without the use of a muslin cloth, I don’t feel it would be as good. The skin tonic feels gorgeous and if you have had trouble with astringent toners in the past, then you should adore this. I would absolutely buy the toner. The moisturiser I’m afraid just didn’t work for me. Although my skin feels hydrated and nourished, it made me breakout quite badly, and normally I don’t get spots. I have now started to use this on my hands and elbows and it feels gorgeous, it’s just I can’t use it on my face anymore. Overall, a lovely skin care line, but for me personally, not the best I have used for my skin type, but then I think their hair care range is probably one of the very used I have used. So like they say sweeties, swings and roundabouts. I think this will be a miracle line for some, and maybe not for others. For the month I’ve been using the products, my skin does feel truly nourished and although the winter weather plays havoc with my skin, these products do a good job of keeping winter skin nicely cared for.

For more information about Liz Earle products click here, and as always, let me know your thoughts!

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