Cleanse & Polish

Cleansing is the most important part of your skin routine. If you dont have a polished base to start with it makes the rest of your routine even more troublesome than trying to apply makeup to a face that was drinking cocktails and dancing on the bar a few hours before. I’ve invested in a lot of cleansers, some with little success and others with much better results. I’d heard great things about Liz Earle’s skin care products, and after trying their new hair range and adoring it I was left with no choice but to give it a whirl.

I’ve been using Liz Earle’s famous Cleanse & Polish system for a week now and had high hopes from the very start. After I reviewed her shampoo and conditioner a while back I was inundated with comments about how much people loved Cleanse & Polish. Now I understand why. The system is really simple and just consists of the cleanser and a muslin cloth. When I opened the little pale green case that it comes in I expected to find a selection of treasures and a complex process, but all that greeted me was a bottle of cream cleanser and two clothes with an instruction booklet. “Erm, how does this work magic?” I thought – but it does, it really does.

All you need to do is massage the cream cleanser onto dry skin (even if you’ve still got your makeup on) focusing on your t-zone and around the eye area to massage away any tough goup. While you’re doing this just run a sink full of hot water and leave the cloth to soak for a few minutes and then massage away the cleanser with the cloth. You do need to focus on one of your five areas at a time (forehead, chin, nose and two cheeks) rinsing the cloth as you go. The massaging movements and the texture of the cloth removes makeup, grime and dirt instantly leaving you with fresh, cleansed and smooth skin.

The lady herself.

You’re supposed to use this morning and night, but I’m a ‘face wash in the shower’ kind of girl so I’ve replaced my usual ‘before bed’ routine with this. Just to put into context, I usually use a face wipe to remove the top layer of makeup and two cotton pads each of cleanser, toner and eye makeup remover. All of this can be completely replaced with this one easy ritual courtesy of Liz Earle. I really didn’t believe it would remove all my layers so easily, so I tested it with a cotton pad of cleanser… there was practically nothing there. The only thing it doesn’t completely remove is my 10 layers of mascara, but if you only put a little on it will even get rid of that.

After a week I’ve really noticed that my skin is clearer, fresher and more radiant, meaning my makeup sits better and stays put longer. My skin isn’t as oily and generally looks a lot better. It also saves me about ten minutes and a hell of a lot of cotton wool before bed time. As you only need one squirt the bottle qill last forever. You even get a spare cloth so you can clean one and still be using the cleanser. This is certainly a winner in my book and a great investment for anyone who has always wished that their skin was a little bit clearer.



  1. Beth.
    October 9, 2010 / 1:47 pm

    Great review 🙂 This just makes me want it more!! I think I'm definitely going to have to invest in this soon.- beth x

  2. London Beauty Queen
    October 9, 2010 / 5:04 pm

    It's so worth it – a bargain in fact thanks to the results and the pure amount of products you don't need! x

  3. Annie
    October 11, 2010 / 9:34 am

    Where can you buy this? I'm looking into changing my skin care products and might try this, can you get it in boots?

  4. London Beauty Queen
    October 11, 2010 / 10:45 am

    I've never seen it in Boots – I think it's mainly from their website:

  5. emmsies76
    October 11, 2010 / 6:37 pm

    Hi everyone,I've been using the Liz Earle range for about 10yrs now & I LOVE it. I get it from QVC but you can get it from some John Lewis stores.Cleanse&Polish, Skin Tonic & Superskin are my favouries…oh and Eyebright & Brightening Treatment are must haves 🙂

  6. Le
    October 12, 2010 / 10:38 am

    hey girls,I brought mine from john lewis, liz earle flagship store is in solane sq!

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