Here's a skincare confession: I am a bit lazy when it comes to my face. I always wash it in the morning, in the shower or after I work out, but I often just hop into bed of an evening without so much as the lick of a wet flannel. That's pretty lazy isn't it?
So, when I was offered the chance to try out these beautiful products from Liz Earle, I jumped at the chance to mend my ways and build up some better habits. Would it make any difference, I wondered...?
About Liz Earle:
Based on the Isle of Wight and founded in 1995, Liz Earle founded her skincare brand on the principles of botanical goodness and a fuss-free dependable routine. The brand is also committed to being environmentally friendly, which is laudable.
There is an A-Z of ingredients on the Liz Earle website here, which is very informative, and actually flags up just how committed to the "Naturally Active" tag the brand is: it's a very long list.
I also love this spirit of openness: we are getting smarter about what we consume in our foods, but given that the skin is our biggest organ, are we lacking behind in an understanding of what is in our cosmetics?
|Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare|
I received some Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, accompanying muslin cloths, and a tub of Superskin Moisturiser.
My first impressions were of quality: the elegant packaging is neither too girly nor dripping with too much hard-sell. I loved the understated no B.S. feel of everything.
|Superskin here we come!|
Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser:
This is sort of across between a face wash and a cleansing lotion: you apply to dry skin and wash off with the muslin cloths. This is a really pleasant sensation, and being a stress-relieving experience is now a little part of the day that I look forward to.
I can see why this product has won a huge number of awards: it smells really fresh and it cleans without leaving a residue or over-drying the skin.
The muslin cloths were easy to chuck in the washing machine, although I have to confess that I did switch to my crocheted wash-cloths, which seem to work just as well. I would be interested to try the Rose & Cedrat limited edition Hot Cloth Cleanser too.
|Award-winning Hot Cloth Cleanser|
|Hot Cloths, of the crochet variety|
The first sensation I had of this cream was the gorgeous smell emanating from the (very full) tub, which I suppose must be the neroli- it's heavenly. I soon discovered that the cream is very rich, and a little goes a long way. It has a shelf life of six months- I know this because I actually did wonder whether I would get through it all before it has gone out of date!
Applying it in the mornings and at night (yes indeed, check me out and my new routine!), I found my skin looked fuller and felt really supple. I definitely felt like I looked healthier, and I actually do believe that, as the packaging claims "Superskin can't turn the clock back, but helps slow the ticking".
I found that it was fairly easily absorbed, but the little how-to-apply guide that comes with it is actually really useful. I'd never thought about the best way to apply face cream... until now.
I will continue to use the cream overnight. Although it felt like amazing protection if I was out in the Cornish elements, it was however just a touch heavy for the daytimes, especially if I was getting sweaty at the gym. I might invest in a lotion for the day times: perhaps Skin Repair light moisturiser might be a better go-to option if you don't have really dry skin.
|Superskin Moisturiser with Neroli|
|How to apply face cream, who knew...?|
It felt like a real treat for my face (as well as my sense of smell) to use these products. I love the fact that they use natural ingredients, and I would definitely shop the Liz Earle range, especially as I want to get behind the company's aims.
If, like me, you struggle a little bit with good skincare habits, a new regime that feels like a few minutes of luxury might be just the ticket!
|Products kindly supplied by Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare, opinions are my own.|