Thursday, 20 November 2014

May reviews Elemis Sensitive Cleansing Wash

When I was a teenager, and actually through much of my twenties, I hated my skin. Whilst I was never particularly plagued with bad acne, I had oily skin, always had a spot or two and my skin was just never smooth or glowing. To tackle my woes I got caught up in a what was probably a viscous cycle of those teenage staples such as Clearasil and Biactol. Whilst they certainly felt like they were getting into pores and cleaning out the daily grime, I suspect that they were also completely stripping my skin of all the good and causing it to get angry and react.

Over the years, I tried numerous products, before coming across Elemis' Sensitive Cleansing Wash. I didn't think I particularly had sensitive skin, but I liked the idea of being kinder to it in the hope that it would repay the favour.

This cleanser is now a complete staple in my morning routine and I can't recall having tried anything else since finding it. I have lost count of the number of bottles I have been through.  I love that it doesn't leave my face feeling tight, or taut, as some more astringent cleansers used to.

Elemis says: 

"This Elemis Sensitive Cleansing Wash is ideal for sensitive skin. It contains soothing Essential Oils renowned for their anti bacterial and soothing properties for the most effective and gentle cleanse possible.  

This cleanser can also be used by men for shaving and women when shaving legs or underarms as it will gently prepare and care for your skin. Also ideal for intimate areas.  

Essential Oils of Thyme, German Chamomile and Ladies Mantle in the Milk Protein base provide the cleansing and soothing action of this gentle cleanser. Elemis Sensitive Cleansing Wash is a rich cleanser that conditions and moisturises your skin."

I have not tried it as a make up remover (nor for shaving, and I definitely hadn't thought about using it for 'intimate areas'!), but I use it in the shower every morning, mixing it with some Clinique 7 Day Scrub every few days for a bit of a boost (and because sometimes I just fancy a good scrub). I usually use a couple of pumps straight onto my hands, without bothering with a flannel.

It smells divine, comes in a pump bottle (which is almost always a bonus in my eyes) and does what I need it to do.

Prices vary depending on where you buy it, but it costs in the region of £20 for 200ml, which will last for months and months.

I have tried other Elemis products and enjoyed those too, particularly the Papaya Enzyme Peel, and I love spa facials which use Elemis products. I suspect this won't be the last time I post about Elemis!

A quick note from Mack: I tried this product to compare it with what I currently use - the Clinique 3-step system.  I love Clinique's facial soap and clarifying lotion which make my oily skin feel super-clean and grease free.  The Elemis Sensitive Cleansing Wash smells amazing and does make my skin feel clean and soft.  However, I think I might stick to Clinique simply because I feel it tackles my oily patches a little bit better and I prefer a cleanser which mildly exfoliates at the same time.  However, if your skin is not as greasy as mine (and I imagine that is 99% of the population!), Elemis is certainly worth a try. May is not the only person I know who swears by this cleansing wash!

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