Ah another purchase influenced by the lovely Caroline Hirons. Her blog musings had me convinced that I needed to strip anything foaming out of my routine. Why? Because foams turns your skin alkaline, which makes it a breeding ground for bacteria. Bacteria are a no no for any skin type, let alone acne prone like mine. While I really was enjoying my La Roche Posay cleansing duo, I felt that they were making my skin a little dull and dare I say it.. a little oily.
On Ms. Hirons strong recommendation (this has been a staple product in her collection for more than twenty years) I decided to take the plunge. Speaking of plunges, the tub of this stuff is so big you can almost take a swim in it.
To use it you just take out a little of the product with your clean fingers or with the little plastic scoop that comes with it. Warm it up between your fingers and then apply. Now, there are two ways of doing this. You can use the super 'special' Clarins cleansing method as described in the leaflet. You press your hands onto your skin flat and then quickly take them off. Like the surface below is hot. Or you can just massage it in, like any other cleansing lotion. Both methods work perfectly and rid the skin of makeup and grime.
I soak a flannel in water. Temperature-wise, Caroline Hirons says if your fingers can handle it, so can your face. Using the flannel to properly remove the remaining cleanser from my skin.
After this my skin just feels lovely smooth and clean, but not stripped at all. I'm really happy with this cleanser. And I am definitely going to use the tub for ages, since it's probably going to take a year to finish it.
I would recommend this cleanser to anyone who wants a nice cleanser that needs to be massaged into the skin. The tub says it's for dry and sensitized skin, but if you remove it properly it works perfectly for regular and oilier skins as well.