Monday, 8 April 2013
Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish- unpopular (negative) review.
I received Cleanse and Polish by Liz Earle as a christmas present from my Mum, after banging on about how great it was and how much everyone loves it. I really expected to love it too and was quite excited to put my new expensive looking bottle on the counter with a brand new muslin cloth, ready for a new cleansing experience.
But unfortunately I just did not love it. I tried to get on with it for about 2 months before admitting defeat and giving up on it.
I know it is a bit of a cult classic and actually finding a review that is negative about Cleanse and Polish isn't the easiest. So I apologise now for the fact that I am going to moan about a product everyone else loves. So why didn't I get on with it?
The smell isn't particularly offensive but I just did not like it, this definitely dulled the experience of using the product as I do find that I am sensitive to scent.
Ah, this is a more real reason. I found that several blemishes started to appear in the weeks after using this product. I thought that it might be just a deeper clean was getting all the dirt out of my skin and causing the 'worse before better' affect. However, they only continued to get worse not better & after about six weeks my skin was completely saturated with under the skin blemishes and more painfully obvious ones.
In addition I also found that I my cheekbones were covered in dry skin and I was getting some concentrated dry patches randomly on my face. I'm assuming that this is down to an oil in the product that my skin just doesn't like. This was probably my biggest issue with Cleanse and Polish.
The product really did change the composition of my skin, my T-Zone became a pure oil slick and I was having to blot and powder during work which I never have to do. I am usually on the dry end of the spectrum so I found the oil over load a problem & my moisturiser was too heavy on these areas.
So there you have it. Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish and my skin are just not friends and that makes me really sad. I hate it when something that works so well for so many doesn't work for me- I always feel left out and lonely. There were factors to the product that I really loved. I found that the product was really easy to use, removed all of my makeup, felt nourishing to use and didn't leave my skin feeling dry and tight afterwards.
I have replace it with an Nspa* hot cloth cleanser which I'm hoping will get on with my skin better as it contains different oils.
So i'm not completely slating it, all i'm saying is that if you are thinking of using this oil, see if you can just get a sample or a sample set before hand to check that it works on your skin.
Also, just as a small disclaimer- I did use this product long enough to give it a chance and it definitely just doesn't work for me. I also considered that the problems could be a cause of another product in my skin care regime, however whenever I stopped using cleanse and polish I noticed the texture of my skin improving. I did not find that stopping using other products had the same effect.