I’ve never been good at routines, especially skincare ones. My mum has always said how important it is to look after your skin, and I’ve never exactly neglected mine, but I’ve never set myself in a proper routine for longer than a few days. I’ll forget one day, or feel lazy another, and somehow I just give up on it. But I’ve always wanted to have a proper skincare routine, I love the idea of using products and potions; perhaps it makes me feel grown up (which seems silly at the age of 22!). My mum bought me a Liz Earle gift set a few months ago, and I’m gradually getting into that routine I wanted.
I didn’t know much about Liz Earle before I started using it, but my mum insisted that their products were really high quality, and especially good for sensitive skin such as mine. It turns out she was right, and as an added bonus, they’re a cruelty-free brand. My boyfriend and I have been making a conscious effort to buy more cruelty-free products; we’re not perfect with it yet, but we’re trying. That side of the industry is growing, and it’s becoming easier to find such products. As it is, far too many companies do still test on animals, but people are gradually becoming more inclined to ask the questions, and push for products to be cruelty free.
The set comes with 3 full sized products, plus a bonus product, also full-sized. My one included the normal/combination skin set of Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser (100ml), 2 muslin cloths, the Instant Boost Skin Tonic (200ml), and the Skin Repair Moisturiser (50ml). Mine came with the Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion (150ml) as a bonus product, but I believe this changes regularly. It costs £45 as a set, but is worth £63.50, and also has a dry/sensitive skin set. You can get it at Boots.com.
I think Hot Cloth Cleansers are a product that’s on the rise, but it’s not something I had come across before. The cleanser is applied to a dry face, and massaged in to remove makeup and impurities. Then the muslin cloth is run under hot water, wrung out, and then used to gently wipe away the cleanser, makeup and all. It works as a kind of gentle exfoliator at the same time, which I’m not sure is a good thing or not, as generally exfoliators are a once-a-week kind of product. The cloths need to be washed every few days, and you can purchase new ones separately. So far I think I like it, it works for me, although it must be said I only wear generally light makeup (most days just a little concealer, mascara, brow powder, and lipstick), so I wonder if someone who wears a normal amount of makeup would struggle to take it off. I also don’t like the smell, although I couldn’t put my finger on what it is, and it feels quite drying afterwards, before moisturising.
The tonic has an extremely pleasant smell, very sweet and fresh, and effects your skin in much the same way, smoothing and toning. I don’t feel there’s much more to say on this one, but I like it. The moisturiser is fairly light. It has a nice texture, non-greasy, but at first I felt it wasn’t moisturising enough for my skin. This may be because it’s for normal/combination skin, whereas I think my skin is more in need of the dry/sensitive, however over time I think my skin has adjusted to it. I really don’t like the smell of the moisturiser, but again I’m not sure what it is about it that I don’t like. I can’t say that I’ve found much use for the eye lotion as of yet, but yet again it has a very unpleasant smell in my opinion. However I do think that the scents may be due to the natural-ingredient nature of these products, which isn’t a bad thing, and of course it could just be my personal taste in scents; we’re all different, and anyone else might find them pleasant smelling.
I will continue to use these products as there are many good qualities to them, but I think once they are finished I will try a few others before repurchasing. The main thing is that my skin does feel better than before, and it is a nice simple routine to get into. Liz Earle have many other products which I would like to try; as a natural and cruelty-free brand, their products do seem to be high quality, and definitely one to watch.
Have you tried Liz Earle? What do you think?
Have a lovely day x