This milky and lightly foaming cleanser is a joy to use. It feels very gentle on the skin and has a nice light floral scent - the kind of thing you would expect at a spa. It is part of Elemis' Anti-Ageing range but the formula has benefits for anyone with acne, scarring, blocked pores, uneven texture or dry patches. Plus it is suitable for all skin types. This is slightly different to your average cleanser though. As the name suggests it contains enzymes that buff away dead skin cells and stimulate your skin's natural cell renewal cycle. This leaves your complexion looking clear & radiant. It is completely non-abrasive and utilises lactic acid found in fruit enzymes which is a lot gentler than glycolic or salicylic acid. As this is effectively a chemically exfoliating cleanser it is very important to follow it up with a facial SPF product. I've been using two pumps of this, twice a day after washing off my Superfacialist Vitamin C+ Skin Renew Cleansing Oil and then clearing it off with a muslin cloth or flannel. It makes my skin feel really clean, smooth and soft. Some other chemically exfoliating cleansers I've tried really strip the skin and leave it feeling dry & tight. This just sloughs off those dead skin cells without any dryness. I really like that it comes with a pump as it makes it so much easier to get out the right amount of product every time. This 200ml bottle is gonna last a long time as I've barely made a dent in it yet.
I've managed to clear up most of my skin using various chemical exfoliants and facial oils but my chin has been a bit more stubborn lately. All of my closed comedones seem to have migrated to this area and I've had a bit of cystic acne there too. I've also had some random dry flaky patches due to testing out a retinol product. From everything I've read about this cleanser it seemed like it would do my skin a world of good and after using it for a few weeks my chin is looking so much better. Infact my whole face seems brighter, smoother and clearer. This is one of the few products that actually has an effect on those tiny bumps under your skin. It's done a real number on my pores and they're barely visible around my nose. The surface of my skin has been completely refined since I started using this. Isn't it nice when skincare just works?
Elemis are such a popular & well respected brand so I'm not entirely sure why I've never used them until now. This cleanser normally costs £29 so the price put me off a bit but if you look around online you can often find discounts or gifts with purchase along the Elemis line. I got mine from Beauty Time Therapies where it's currently only £23.20. If my skin can always look this clear then that's a price I'm now willing to pay! If you want to try a chemical exfoliant but are concerned about using things like Liquid Gold, P50 or the Clarins Brightening Toner then this is a super gentle yet effective way to start. Let me know some of your favourite Elemis products.
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