When I first made the switch from washing my face with soaps and foams to balms and oils, it felt weird. I went from scrubbing my skin until it was pink with random soaps and bits of apricot husk to treating it like a princess: gently stroked and pulped with fragrant oils and creams.
Yes, making that switch did not come naturally to someone whose facial regime had consisted of Clearasil followed by Nivea for the last fifteen years, but I know for sure I’d never go back. Our skin is the largest organ on our body, and I want mine to look as lovely for as long as possible.
That’s my excuse anyway ;)
Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel Review
If you’re thinking about changing up your skincare routine, I think I might have found the best product for you. The perfect bridge between soaps and oils or balms, Clarins’s Pure Melt Cleansing Gel is an absolute dream to use.
Containing miracle Marula oil for comfort and re-balancing, this gel is the best texture out of all cleansers I have in use at the moment (and that is a lot!). Because it’s so thick and unctuous it’s wonderful to remove make-up; you can really work it into your skin, getting excellent slip for a good old massage. It’s a real pleasure removing the day’s dirt with it.
Massaging in the product, it quickly turns into an oil… science, eh? I make sure it’s rubbed in really well all over, a good couple of minutes or so, before starting to remove.
The gel changes once again with the addition of water, into a milk, which then becomes easy to rinse off. I use a flannel (because I’m effing obsessed with flannels and I think they’re good for my skin) but you could just use water, if you preferred.
Once removed skin is left feeling fresh and clean – no tightness whatsoever, neither oily residue. If I’ve been wearing a lot of heavy make-up that day or an SPF I sometimes do a second cleanse with a light oil, like Decleor’s Brightening Facial Oil (£22.50), but that’s generally because I like a bloody good massage in the evening.
I love this product – a little goes a long way and it really is a pleasure to use. I’ll most definitely be re-purchasing.