If you know me for a while, you’d know I love Double Cleansing every evening (if I’m wearing makeup or sunscreen) to make sure there are no traces of makeup or dirt on my face. Cleansing is a foundation to good skincare. Without clean skin, you will not get full benefits of anything you apply on top of it. Even if you’re not into serums and treatments at the moment, you MUST cleanse your skin thoroughly and moisturize without fail.
I have been using couple of cleansers from Irish Skincare Brand – Pestle & Mortar (Available easily in the UK) for months now and been loving so much! Pestle & Mortar by Sonia Deasy is a family made and run business with a word-of-mouth following – based purely on the results: hydrated and healthy looking skin. All of their products pass the famously strict European skincare standards to make sure the products are pure, safe and highly effective.
- Erase Makeup Removing Balm | £34 for 100ml
Erase is a makeup removing balm for calm, balanced skin.This lightweight balm removes all traces of makeup (even stubborn eye makeup) and SPF while priming skin for your nightly routine. This cleansing balm is formulated with Grapeseed oil, pumpkin seed oil and prickly pear seed oil.
- Grape Seed Oil for lightweight, non-greasy cleansing without disrupting your skin’s natural state.
- Pumpkin Seed Oil packs in vitamin E, Zinc, Omega 3 & 6, Fatty Acids and Antioxidants, helping skin retain moisture and fight free radicals.
- Prickly Pear Seed Oil contains linoleic acid a fatty acid that promotes cell turnover and renewal.
Ingredients for Erase: Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil , Caprylic /Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Esters, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, Sorbitan Stearate, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil, Opuntia Ficus Indica (Prickly Pear) Seed Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Linalool, Geraniol, Citronellol.
Texture & Consistency: This cleanser comes in a solid balm consistency and may feel grainy when you scoop out some but the tiny soft granules melt into the skin as it gets in contact with your body heat. The cleanser emulsifies when in contact with water.
How to Erase: Scoop a small amount into your hands and rub together before massaging gently onto dry skin, finishing with the eye area. Remove using the muslin side of your warm, damp face cloth.
Results: Makeup, dirt, spf or anything you applied on your skin melts with the balm and is removed easily. Skin looks clean and soft after every use.
- Renew Gel Cleanser | £34 for 100ml
The Renew lightweight gel cleanser is great to refresh and illuminate the skin and it sits perfectly as a second step in the Double Cleanse routine. This lightweight cleansing gel is formulated with Superoxide Dismutase and papaya and mango enzymes that leave skin bright, hydrated and glowing.
- Superoxide Dismutase protects against Superoxide Toxicity – The most common free radical in the body while preventing wrinkles, fine lines and age spots.
- Papaya and mango fruit enzymes improve skin’s texture and tone while tightening pores for a glowing complexion.
- Meadowfoam seed oil removes blockages in the pores, allowing skin to breathe.
Ingredients for Renew: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Aqua, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Fruit Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root ferment Filtrate, Superoxide Dismutase, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Tocopherol, Sucrose Palmitate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sucrose Stearate, Benzyl Alcohol, Limonene, Linalool, Annatto (CI75120).
Texture & Consistency: As the name suggests, its a gel cleanser with thick consistency but easy to rub onto skin and it almost melts into skin without creating a foam. The cleanser emulsifies on contact with water.
How to Renew: Apply up to 1 pump to dry skin and massage gently over face and neck using upward strokes. Wet the soft side of your face cloth with warm water, ring out and remove. Use morning and night for best results.
Results: This emulsifying gel cleanser cleanses, refreshes and illuminates the skin leaving it silky smooth prepped for further skincare. This is a great second step cleanser for double cleanse routine or as a morning cleanser. I love to use it in AM as it gives me brighter skin ready for makeup.
- Double sided Face Cloths – Pack of 3 | £13.50
This double sided multi-purpose facial cloth will help maximize the benefits of cleansers to leave skin feeling clean and rejuvenated. This 100% cotton cleansing cloth features a naturally exfoliating muslin side and a smoother cotton side for polishing and perfecting your complexion.
Overall thoughts: Its just not a cleansing process but this cleansing duo gives a home spa feel. If you’re going to invest on just couple of skincare items before this year ends, make sure these are the ones! This combination is just AMAAAZINGGGGGGG and is great for all skin types!!
These products also come in a set Erase & Renew – The Double Cleansing System | £72 which contains a 50ml Erase Makeup removing balm, 50 ml Renew gel cleanser and one double cleanse facial cloth.
Until next time..
*This post features PR samples. Opinions are my own – honest & unbiased!