Review – Pure Skin Face Wash by Balance Me

Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash

MY SKIN
Dry and sensitive, acne prone – primarily hormonal; eczema prone.

THE PRODUCT
Pure Skin Face Wash by Balance Me, £16.00/125ml, gel cleanser.

IN A NUTSHELL
Another accidental discovery in the cleansing world, Pure Skin Face Wash quickly found its way into my skincare routine and the depths of my heart. Upon my hairdresser’s recommendation last year I subscribed to Birchbox for a few months and this was one of the first items that was sent to me. My skin was not happy at all at the time and I was frankly terrified of putting anything new on my face, but having a weakness for products of natural origin, I was convinced by the “99% Natural” claim on the bottle.

I find this face wash akin to an oil cleanser, but in gel format. Rice bran oil, which is the fourth ingredient in this cleanser, is a popular option for the oil cleansing method especially in Japanese skincare. It’s rich in fatty acids and vitamins E and B, making it very moisturising and an excellent choice for targeting concerns of ageing and acne. Other ingredients in the Pure Skin Face Wash like glycerin, aloe vera leaf extract and moringa seed oil add to the moisturising properties of this little gem. Although free from fragrance, this cleanser has a distinct herbal scent that some might find off putting (I am not to be counted among them, I find the scent refreshing); it is achieved with the use of several flower oils which can irritate extra sensitive skin types. On me however this product has been nothing but a dream.

I especially love this face wash for my second cleanse after using Ultrabland, but if I was left with no other options for everything else, I would be more than satisfied with this offering. When applied to the skin it glides effortlessly whether you wet your face first or not (I’m the former type) and the slip allows for a massage if you’re feeling indulgent – I find the scent would go well with that little treat. It’s gentle enough to be used directly on the eyes, yet effective enough to remove any residue from the first cream cleanse. If you don’t double cleanse, this on its own will struggle to remove all your makeup or sunscreen. It rinses off with ease leaving behind no residue, only comfortable feeling and nourished skin.

FINAL VERDICT
I cannot imagine life without this cleanser. I have been faithful to it for about 9 months and during this time my skin has become more balanced, thus clearer and less dry. I like to try out new things and I don’t like hoarding too many products that perform the same function, but Pure Skin Face Wash is exempt from this rule. The fear of breaking out from a new cleanser is greater than the nuisance of finding a place to store it, so I like to have at least one back up of this at all times – you know, just in case.

 

Review – Ultrabland by Lush

Ultrabland AJ

MY SKIN
Dry and sensitive, acne prone – primarily hormonal; eczema prone.

THE PRODUCT
Ultrabland by Lush, cream cleanser, £25.95/225g.

IN A NUTSHELL
Ultrabland is the first cream cleanser I have ever tried and – spoiler alert! – have fallen madly in love with. This discovery was life changing for my skin, and it was before I had the vaguest idea that double cleansing is a thing. Funnily enough, the sales assistant at my local Lush gave me a sample to apply around my hairline when I dyed my hair with their henna. I never used it for that purpose because I completely forgot I had it, so when I dug it out of the depths of my skincare cabinet I looked up what it is and how to use it. And thus the love affair commenced.

I’m a huge fan of responsibly sourced bee byproduct use in skincare – my skin responds well to their bacteria and fungus fighting properties. Beeswax and honey are among my favourite ingredients in this cleanser; I find them nourishing and soothing on my skin, and I firmly believe that both these ingredients have helped calm my acne and dryness. On top of this sweet almond oil is my favourite mixing oil for the oil cleansing method, and rose water is my favourite hydrator. So in conclusion, Lush gathered all my favourite ingredients and threw them all in one pot to create my Holy Grail cream cleanser.

This is a really simple and basic cleanser that delivers fantastic results. I’ve been using it for my double cleanse for over a year now and as tempting as other options on the market seem at times, I have no intention to change it out anytime soon. Ultrabland is buttery smooth and glides onto the skin like a dream. I lightly spread it over my face for as long as I feel the need to – sometimes I’ll indulge in a little massage, sometimes I just want to take off my makeup and get to sleep ASAP – and take it off with a wet cotton pad until I’m clean and then I follow with my gel cleanser. Ultrabland effectively removes all face makeup and SPF, but struggles with heavy eye makeup and liquid lipstick. It leaves my skin feeling nourished and fresh, and over time it has helped to balance my complexion and combat a lot of the dryness and acne.

It can smell a little funky sometimes – to me, reminiscent of a sizzling sausage. It doesn’t bother me at all and the smell doesn’t linger. I would say it takes some getting used to making the best of Ultrabland, as to begin with I always found myself with an oily residue on my skin. But with practice I got the hang gauging exactly how much product I need and how to effectively remove it.

FINAL VERDICT
This is a beautiful cleanser and I’m forever grateful for the lucky discovery. I think it’s very effective both in cleansing and caring for the skin. However, it needs extra help on those days when I wear heavier makeup – which I’m okay with. I appreciate that it’s available in three different sizes and that I can return the pots it comes in to exchange for a face mask. All in all, I highly recommend this to everyone.