I’m not the biggest fan of face washes because they tend to contain sodium lauryl sulphate which is an artificial foaming agent and can be drying on the skin but this face wash is from one of my favourite beauty brands and it came free with this month’s Glamour so it was the perfect opportunity to give it a try.
Balance Me is a really nice beauty brand, the products are as natural as possible and it’s not the most expensive brand out there but the products are really good quality. I’ve already tried the Balm cleanser and I really liked it, it’s a very thorough cleanser but it leaves the skin soft and moisturised so I had high hopes for the face wash.
This face wash is free from sulphates and all other nasties, such as, mineral oil, parabans, silicones and artificial colours and fragrance. It’s very gentle on the skin but it removes all make-up without feeling harsh and like it’s stripping the skin of moisture and oil. I been using it by putting a small amount on a damp hands but applying to dry skin and the massaging it to remove make-up and general dirt and then removing it with a damp face cloth and it works really well. I really like it and I would probably buy the full size but I do think if you wear quite heavy make-up this wouldn’t remove it.
It’s £16 for 125ml from the Balance Me website but you can get a 50ml free with the August edition of Glamour Magazine.
Being a sufferer of oily skin, I have picked up some tricks and methods to minimise breakouts and keep shine at a minimum. I hope some of the tips can help you too. These tips have worked for me but everyone’s skin is different and can react differently, so please try to test products before buying them. Its worth saying I am a huge Liz Earle, it was the first skincare range that really worked for me and improved my skin.
- Cleanse. Its really boring and everyone says it but cleansing is crucial to improving skin. Before I started using Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish and the hot cloth cleansing technique, my skin was dull but shiny and prone to breakouts and blocked pores but now my skin is completely different. I think the best cleanser is the Liz Earle one but the Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean, the Simple Cleansing Lotion and the Purity Cleansing Lotion (available from Superdrug) is also very good. I think the best way to properly clean oily skin is hot cloth cleansing because its wiping away everything lying on the skin, muslins and face cloths are best method.
- Moisturise. I completely understand why people with oily skin skip moisturiser, it can feel like more grease and oil and some moisturiser for oily skin are still too rich and causes make-up to fall off. My favourites are the Liz Earle Skin Repair Light (very light but doesn’t really have a mattifying effect) and the Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Moisturiser and I’ve just tried the new Garnier Moisture Match Shine Be Gone moisturiser and it looks promising (I’ll do a post when I’ve came to my conclusion).
- Exfoliate/Masks. It removes the dead skin and helps to clean out blogged pores. I don’t like scrubs but the Liz Earle Gentle Cream exfoliator is very good, its super gentle because it has the same texture as the cleanser but the joboba beads buff away dead skins without hurting my skin. Masks are great for cleaning out pores, my favs are the Liz Earle Clay Mask, Soap and Glory Fab Pore and Origins Clay Mask.
Liz Earle – John Lewis and uk.lizearle.com
Soap and Glory – Boots and soapandglory.com
Origins – Boots and John Lewis
Garnier, Simple and Neutrogena available in chemists, Boots, Superdrug and supermarkets
Purity – Superdrug