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A few weeks ago I wrote about Eve Lom’s Rescue Mask. Today I am talking about Eve Lom’s Cleanser*.
You know how I thrive on cleansing balms and I am always willing to try a different one because not one is ever the same. Believe me that is the case when my combination skin did not like Emma Hardie highly praised Moringa Cleansing Balm.
Eve Lom’s Cleanser which has been heralded by Vogue as “probably the best cleanser in the world” is a cult classic. It’s a solid balm which, when massaged into the skin, melts away make-up and grime as it decongests, exfoliates and brightens. It contains four essential oils (Eucalyptus, Clove, Egyptian Camomile and Hops) and cocoa butter with quite the formidable scent (so you’ll either screw your nose up in horror or barf.)
I wasn’t too bothered by the distinctive aromas of the cleanser but I was intrigued by the specific instructions in how to use it. Most cleansing balms simply recommend that you massage a small amount into your skin, adding water to emulsify the product and break down the particles of your make-up before wiping clean with a warm, wet flannel. Eve Lom’s Cleanser insists you apply with dry fingers in a circular motion, then place a muslin cloth (included) in hot water and wring out before pressing the warm, damp cloth on your visage and hold for 5 seconds to open pores.
I’m not done yet!
Repeat the last step three times before rinsing the cloth in clean warm water and wiping off your make-up with circular movements to exfoliate at the same time. FINALLY rinse the (quite pathetic) muslin cloth in cold water and reapply to the face for 5 seconds to close the pores. Have you fallen asleep on me?
I can understand the logic of the heat softening and breaking down the grime and make-up but I don’t know if many can be bothered to follow the procedure religiously. I did give it a go and discarded the muslin cloth after one attempt in favour of the good old flannel, which frankly kicks muslin to the kerb. I’m not entirely sure if it makes a superior difference from the regular method because wiping with a flannel kind of replicates the exfoliation part. Meh. I don’t know. As far as the actual product is concerned, my skin likes it very much. No spots, no irritation and my skin feels suitably pampered and cleansed.
It is a pot of luxury at £55 for a 100ml pot but if you’re familiar with Eve Lom, then you won’t flinch at the asking price. Generally the price point for a decent cleansing balm is around that mark. Besides, such products last ages because so very little is required for usage.
Eve Lom’s Cleanser is available from QVC, John Lewis, Space NK and Eve Lom’s official website.
A couple of weeks ago, a skincare specialist pointed out I was lacking hydration around my eyes. I can’t say I am surprised when I look in the mirror every day and notice how tired I am. I reckon we are all guilty of neglecting this area in favour of concentrating more on taking care of the rest of the face.
They say eyes are the window to the soul but while we can’t guarantee we will get our much needed eight hour sleep every day, there are ways to dodge the bullet by perking up the dullness around the eye area. This is where Elemis comes in with its Hydra-Gel Eye Masks from its ever popular Pro-Collagen range.
These masks come in pairs (as opposed to one mask) that are heavily soaked in a cocktail of seaweeds containing moisturising marine algae padina pavonica with potent plankton extract to tighten and lift, as well as Hyaluronic acid to hydrate the delicate eye area and boost microcirculation and chlorella to firm, tone and reduce the appearance of dark circles. That is my biggest concern so anything that can help limit the dark circles is going to get a gold star from me.
The masks are transparent and come in sachets (six in a box) that you peel off a plastic backing sheet and gently press under the eye area. They fit perfectly and stay put comfortably, and the coolness is immediately soothing. Leave them on for 20 minutes and once removed, the skin feels refreshed without any stickiness. You can then apply make-up as normal though I prefer to use this after cleansing.
It’s probably a good idea to use these once a week to get best results. I’ve given these a go three times and so far, so good – think of it as a little bit of TLC for the eye area. I absolutely love the Pro-Collagen Marine Cream so I sort of knew what I would be getting from Elemis.
Elemis’ Pro-Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Masks are out now and cost £46. For more information, visit Elemis’ official website.