[ Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser / Gentle Face Exfoliator / Instant Boost Skin Tonic / Eye Bright Lotion / Skin Repair Light Moisturiser / Spot-On / Skin Repair Moisturiser ]
I started using Liz Earle's skincare back in April when I had finally had enough of my problem skin. I was using a mix of Clinique, Benefit and The Body Shop skincare which wasn't helping. My skin was dry from the alcohol in Clinique's toner, and every time I washed my face it was tight and uncomfortable- not how your skin should be. I used so much moisturiser to compensate but it wouldn't sink in, and I was left with rather awful flaky skin that made applying foundation horrific. It did knock my confidence and I knew I had to change something, so after seeing so many rave reviews for Liz Earle I bought myself their Cleanse, Tone & Moisturise system..
I bought the Summer Skincare Essentials Kit which is £41 for the entire set of Cleanse & Polish, Skin Tonic and Skin Repair Moisturiser as well as a four piece tester kit in a cute little Liz Earle makeup bag. All I can say is since using this skin care system my skin has completely changed. I always had quite large pores, but due to my super dry skin I couldn't really do anything about it. I used the alcohol in Clinique's toner to practically burn my pores which didn't help at all, and I was left with quite oily skin underneath what felt like a layer of dry skin. I'm now left with combination/oily skin that is controllable and smooth, but I haven't got rid of my large (and easy to clog) pores. It's something that's getting better as we speak- lets say I'm still working on it!
Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser: This product has an amazing cult following from bloggers, and was featured in my June Favourites post here. Anyone who knows anything in the blogosphere will know just how massive this product is amongst us all, and it's so easy to see why. You get this with two muslin cloths which you use to gently exfoliate while also taking away oils, makeup or dirt- it's not harsh on your skin and gives you that slight exfoliation your skin needs to replenish skin cells. It's also super moisturising, and doesn't leave your skin feeling tight and uncomfortable. I've heard this to break some people out but I haven't experienced anything like that, but did get a few extra spots for the first week when it was removing impurities. It lasts me up to a month and a half to use up an entire tube by using it morning and night (1 pump per use). You can either get it in a pump dispenser or a squeezy tube (200ml)- but I've been using the pump dispenser. This is my last bottle so I may fork out and buy the squeezy tube this time!
Gentle Face Exfoliator: This product is in a cream coloured packaging unlike the Cleanse & Polish, which shows it's not a part of the Cleanse/Tone/Moisturise group. It's not an essential and is an additional product to your routine. I use this exfoliator around 4 times a week depending on how much my skin needs a good scrub. It's extremely gentle and creamy so doesn't strip your skin, and the tiny jojoba beads aren't as rough as apricot kernels which are used in a horrific face scrub I won't mention. The first time I used this I couldn't believe how soft it had left my skin, and the results haven't deteriorated since then. This isn't really a necessary product but one I wouldn't want to be without, I'm so glad I had the chance to tried it.
Instant Boost Skin Tonic: This is a product not to be named as a toner- because it doesn't contain any alcohol and instead is stuffed full of Vitamin E, Cucumber Extract and Chamomile. It doesn't dry my skin when I apply and instead leaves it yet again moisturiser. It's not stripping and doesn't sting (as it's alcohol free), but instead just leaves my face feeling refreshed- removing all the last bits of makeup/oil that wasn't removed with the Hot Cloth Cleanser. I also have this in a mini spray bottle, from the Summer Essentials Kit, which I use to refresh my makeup during the day when my face is feeling a bit dull! I know a lot of people don't think this is a necessary but it keeps my skin looking healthy.
Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion: You can see my review of this here- but if you can't be bothered to click the link I'll give you a run down. This is definitely a luxury product that you don't really need in your skin care system but it's a nice extra to have. I put a little bit of those on two cotton wool pads and lie them onto my eyes, waiting two-three minutes before removing. I suffer from horrible puffy eyes in the morning and along with my Garnier Eye Roll-On this helps combat them, therefore stopping little kids running away from me shouting 'mummy look at that zombie'! It's a product you'd buy to treat yourself but only when you have the extra money to spare.
Skin Repair Moisturiser: I'm going to talk about the big 50ml tub before I go onto the light version, as this is the moisturiser I first bought when finally deciding to use Liz Earle. Even though I had extremely dry skin I ended up getting the Normal/Combination moisturiser as I thought the Cleanse & Polish and Instant Skin Tonic would be moisturising enough. I'm so glad I made that decision as they definitely were enough to keep my skin healthy. I really love this moisturiser and always go back to it on days when I'm feeling a bit worse for wear, but it's still a bit too moisturising for me. Since finding out I actually have Combination/Oily skin I've switched to the lighter moisturiser which is more suitable to my skin type. I found with dry skin this definitely fed my thirsty skin but since it's changed I am left with a little bit of moisturiser still left on my skin, as it can't all sink in. I've found another use for it though- applying it in quite a thick layer and leaving for about 10 minutes, then removing any product that's left with a tissue. Talk about a deep moisturising treatment!
Skin Repair Light Moisturiser: Unlike the original tub, this moisturiser is lighter and easier to absorb into my skin without leaving it overly moisturised. I usually one 1 or 2 tiny pumps of this to cover my entire face, and then use the other moisturiser on my neck where my skin is super dry. I've heard many people say they don't think the Skin Repair Moisturiser (light or normal) is very effective but I have to disagree, it's the best moisturiser I've ever used. I would never ever go back to my Benefit or The Body Shop moisturisers even if you paid me! I think this pump tube will last me months and months, so I won't be repurchasing it anytime soon. I just wish there was an indication of when it's nearly empty as I don't want to run out without notice!
Spot-On Treatment: I haven't been using this very much as I've stopped getting so many blemishes and now only have the odd hormonal spot. I can't judge the product on it's spot-defeating-properties until I have used it more but can tell you a little about the product. When opening this roll-on you are hit with the smells of Tea Tree and Lavender, which I won't lie are very very strong! I'm guessing the roll-on has the same aim as the Garnier Eye Roll-On to defeat puffiness by using the cool roller ball which drains the excess liquid? I will have to report back in a few months to tell you just what I think of this product.
I can vouch that Liz Earle is the most amazing skincare brand I have tried so far in my life- that's not n over-exaggeration in the slightest. Yes it's swaying on the expensive side but when you pay a little extra for healthy skin, you don't need to spend as much on corrective makeup. Since using Liz Earle's products I've been able to conquer my fear for light coverage and have actually been out and about wearing just tinted moisturiser -shock horror-. This may be a small step for you, but for someone who has lived in a full coverage foundation to try and cover her skin for the last 3-4 years it's a major step for me. I've also found my foundation sits nicely on my skin to give me a more flawless look, and it sticks around longer- like it has a better base to stick to! (booonnnuuusss)
I can't say enough good things for Liz Earle- not because I've been sent a few things from them and love their PR, but because their products have literally given me the most healthy skin I could have ever imagined. No, I don't have perfect skin (I still suffer from the odd hormonal spot and a few larger pores) but it's a completely unbelievable difference to my skin back in February when I was told at a MAC counter my skin was in horrific condition! I can now walk around makeup free without worrying too much about how awful I look.
This is what works for me- but just because a certain product works for me, doesn't mean I can guarantee it working for you. I received all the above products mentioned from Liz Earle except the Cleanse & Polish and Skin Repair Moisturiser. Two products (Skin Repair Moisturiser Light & Instant Boost Skin Tonic) were replacements of used up products I had bought from them with my own money. All opinions are 100% honest as usual, and being given the products makes no difference to my views. Sorry for such a long post!