Tonight sees the results and winners of the QVC Customer Beauty Awards (QVC Channel at 7pm). With 12 categories ranging from Best Newcomer to to Best Targeted Treatment and Best Haircare Product it is definitely worth a watch to discover the best of the best from 2013 so far!
In conjunction with this QVC very kindly asked if I would review the 'Best Facial Cleanser' category and come up with my own personal winner.
I of course jumped at the chance (ahem, who wouldn't) as I have recently switched all my skincare around to be more sophicated and educted. So I'm feeling quite obsessed with skincare right now and have a list of lotions and potions the length of my arm that I want to gradually try out.
Here are my thoughts on the products in the 'Best Facial Cleanser' category along with my ultimate winner...
Liz Earle's Cleanse & Polish is a cleanser I have been using for years & years now and was actually the product that convinced me that thoroughly cleansing at night was the key to achieving good skin.
In the duo set you receive 2 x 100ml Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleansers and 2 x Muslin Cloths, which from past experience will last a long, long time. As most of you will know this cleanser is designed to be worked over the face, including eye makeup, then to be removed with the muslin cloth that has been soaked in warm water to remove the makeup, along with the dead skin cells on the surface on the skin. With ingredients such as Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Rosmary and Cocoa Butter this cleanser will not only remove makeup and daily grime but it will calm, purify and soften to leave a clear and bright complexion after cleansing. I personally feel this process is highly effective at removing all traces of makeup and leaving the skin ready for other skincare products.
A sign of an amazing cleanser is one that can be used all year round, can fix your skin woes and is suitable for any age of skin. Whether it's blemishes or dry, flaky skin, this product will improve the look and feel of your skin by thoroughly cleansing it in a mild manner.
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Duo can be found via QVC here - £28.00
The Clarisonic is still one of the most purchased cleansing systems due to it being suitable for use on both the face and body and with all cleansers and of course the thorough sonic cleansing it provides.
As you can see above this set comes with absolutely everything you would need, including the body attachment which I personally feel is worth spending that bit more for, as this really does give the Clarisonic a much wider use.
This is my first experience with a Clarisonic and I have been testing it out for a week now. Which I am 100% aware isn't long enough to give a full and precise review... so a more in-depth review will be coming when I have used it for a longer period of time. But my inital thoughts are only positive (though I can see this being an addictive way to cleanse the skin and therefore could be overused which wouldn't be beneficial to the skin).
What I am love about the Clarisonic so far is that the brush can be hardly felt getting to work on the skin, removing makeup and excess grime and dead skin cells and takes only 1 minute to use over the entire face. Then the skin is left feeling incredibly soft to the touch (this is the addictive part I mentioned above) and clean. Also the body brush attachment is amazing at exfoliating the body to keep it smooth and also prep for self tan, if that is your thing. This really is an amazing device that can do wonders for the skin and I will be sure to give an update of how it's been working for me in the coming months.
Clarisonic Plus Face & Body Complete Sonic Cleansing System can be found via QVC here - £175.92
Another cream cleanser in the 'best facial cleanser' category is the more luxurious Elemis Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser. Elemis is a brand I associate with being quite spa like and this cleanser doesn't fail to live up to that for me.
This is a divine cleanser that feels thick and luxurious on the skin and even though marketed as an anti-ageing product is especially good for dehydrated skin. Compared to the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish this does feel like a treat to use on the skin so in reality the two products do a similar job of cleansing the skin. However this may just be my new favourite as I feel my skin is holding onto the moisture after cleansing and if therefore looking brighter. So compared to the C&P it does it's job and more. Also I have been using this with a thick flannel soaked in warm water which I find a much nicer way to remove the cleanser as it hold on to the heat compared to a muslin cloth.
Elemis Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser (150ml) is available from QVC here - £29.00
Out of the three products I have found it really hard to select a favourite as they are all amazing in their own way. Liz Earle C&P is a great staple all-round cleanser, the Clarisonic is a great investment for better skin and the Elemis Pro-Radiance Cleanser is a cleanser and more for me.
But my favourite that I know I will go back to time and time again is the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish!
What is your ultimate facial cleanser?