Sunday, 20 October 2013

The Body Shop Skincare Cluster

As an avid cleanser collector, I’m always on the lookout for a shiny new product to join my bulging skincare arsenal. Creamy cleansers, foaming cleansers, cleansing milks, you name it I’ve tried them… But until recently I’d never delved into the realms of an oil or a balm.

Though I’d had my eyes set on the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm for some time, at a whopping £34 and with a student budget to consider, I could never reconcile myself to the idea of parting with that much money for a cleanser. Which is why, when my housemate alerted me to the new Camomile skincare range by The Body Shop I practically skipped down to the shops, piggy bank in tow.

It’s well worth looking online as The Body Shop are always providing discounts and offers (for 02 customers having a look at your Priority Moments is always a good shout) or if you’re a bit of a Body Shop Buff then their £5 loyalty card offers year-round discounts and special offers so you can always find a great deal.

Currently, the Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil is £10, which is great value for the quality of the product. The reason I like this particular cleanser is because the pump makes faff-free makeup removal possible whilst the oil itself gently melts away all traces of makeup and leaves your skin baby soft without leaving behind a tacky residue like some of the other cleansers I’ve tried. The soothing effects of the camomile help to avoid those blotchy post-cleansing moments and leaves my skin looking much more even and fresh. For the best effects I like to apply the oil and then leave it to sink in for a few minutes before gently buffing it away with a hot flannel.

The Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter is slightly more expensive at £12 and does much the same job as the oil. However, I think personally I prefer it. I melt a 2 pence coin sized amount between my hands before applying it all over my face and it instantly removes all my makeup. The buttery consistency is so soft and effortlessly glides across my face to give it a deep cleanse. And just like the oil, it leaves my face sooo soft! Plus it’s one of the best budget balms out there (since cleansing balms tend to be on the pricey side and at just a third of the price of its Emma Hardie rival, my debit card can rest easy).

The gentle ingredients in both options mean it’s a good choice for all skin types as it doesn’t irritate spot-prone skin and is particularly good for those who have sensitive skin or are prone to dry patches.

So if you’re on the lookout for a new skincare super-product why not swing by the Body Shop?

Love Elle xo