In the hierarchy of beauty products, the humble cleanser – the far from glamourous product that we use to wash makeup off our faces and down the drain – doesn’t get much afterthought, which is why so many people opt for the easy option – face wipes. The thing is, face wipes really aren’t that great for your skin – or at removing makeup for that matter…
There are plenty of far more virtuous alternatives out there, and as a self-confessed cleanser addict (seriously it’s by far my most (overly) purchased beauty product), I have tested pretty much every type of cleanser there is and worked out how they best fit into my routine. For the majority of the year I’m a micellar-water-to-remove-makeup, gel-cleanser-in the-morning, cleansing-scrub-in-the-shower, cream-cleanser-at-night kinda gal. But come winter, my skin is inevitably dry, dull, and in desperate need of something a little brightening.
I have a bathroom well stocked with brightening creams, masks, and serums, but nothing gives my skin a glow boost quite like Antipodes’ Grapeseed Butter Cleanser. Designed to polish skin whilst also leaving it hydrated and soft, it has a mildly exfoliating texture that helps to lift deep-rooted grime – effectively clearing pores and in turn making skin appear clearer and brighter.
Far from being simply a pump and rinse situation, the balm is designed to be massaged into the nooks and crannies of your face then rinsed off with a warm muslin cloth. Some balms are solid and abrasive, but this one has the consistency of thick, slightly granular honey and glides over skin with ease, rinsing off cleanly without leaving any trace of residue. It leaves my skin touchably soft, hydrated, and slightly glowy. Formulated with a potent blend of essential oils and a waxy texture that melts upon application and emulsifies into a thick, creamy substance with the addition of water, the entire process takes at most five minutes, but makes you feel like you’ve been in a spa for fifty. It’s pure luxury, and the results are radiant, clear-skinned heaven.
What’s more, owing to its garden blend of essential oils (lavender, chamomile, and evening primrose), the scent is herbal, calming, and wonderfully unobtrusive, which instantly amps up the indulgence factor (major spa vibes). Expect this to fast become your favourite nightly skincare ritual.