Hands up how many of you are still using the same face wash you were ten years ago? Hands up if you’re still reaching for the Clean & Clear, Clearasil or Witch products you relied on so heavily as a teenager? Although these won’t do any damage to your skin as a fully fledged ‘grown up’, many of them have been developed with harsh and potentially irritating ingredients that specifically target the issues we have in adolescence. As we age our needs evolve; we should be more interested in removing build-up, gently cleansing, hydrating and caring for our complexions. I’m as guilty as the next person for reaching for a brightly coloured and sickly sweet bottle of foaming nonsense that’s going to as much good for my skin as a three day old muslin cloth, however, I am making a concerted effort to opt for genuinely beneficial (or at least non-irritating or stripping) products that I don’t have to worry about in the morning. Although I have a huge portfolio of cleansing balms and oils that I turn to of an evening, it’s my morning shower routine that needs a little more attention. Over the last few months I’ve been having a bit of a love affair with Amie, a gentle but effective skincare brand that’s bursting with goodness while being free from harsh chemicals. It’s one of those brands that slips into my routine with very little noise, but it made me wonder what on earth I was using before it. When I started to think about face washes in general it became apparent that there’s a real lack of affordable, grown-up and ‘good for you’ face washes in the UK – but why, when they’re such a fundamental part of any routine?

Bursting with natural plant and botanical extracts and free from harsh chemicals, Amie products are ideal for every skin type while ensuring your complexion is kept clear, soft and radiant. Free from parabens, sulphates, mineral oils, petrochemicals and animal extracts, Amie proves that you can offer a simple but effective face wash for women over the age of 15 without costing a small fortune. Sure, there are loads of super posh and extravagant face washes, but do we really want to spend upwards of £20.00 on something that gets washed away within milliseconds? If you’ve effectively removed the day’s build-up the night before, then your morning face wash should just be a little pick-me-up to cleanse away the sweat that occurs as we sleep – there’s no need to spend huge amounts of cash when the short amount of time it sits on your skin doesn’t really provide a huge opportunity for it to do much at all. That’s why I love Amie: their face wash (and lightweight face scrub for that matter) is totally affordable at less than a fiver, targeted at adult concerns like brightness and radiance, plus it’s free from a lot of ingredients we’re collectively trying to avoid more and more. It’s a real challenge to find ‘grown up’ face washes from brands you can trust, but thanks to Amie there’s always somewhere to turn. So put down that bottle of bright orange acne control wash and go shopping for something a little more age appropriate…

The Amie skincare products are available online and via John Lewis stores. The ‘Clear Purifying Face Wash‘ is priced £4.95. Find out more on the Amie website.

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  1. Ashley Elizabeth
    January 19, 2016 / 3:09 pm

    Very good skincare advice! I remember changing over from the drugstore face washes I used as a teenager to more "adult" ones and noticing a world of difference.Ashleyhttp://www.ashleyelizabethbeauty.com

    • Hayley Carr
      January 25, 2016 / 2:13 pm

      There are so many stripping ingredients that do the opposite of what we need when we get older. I'm on the hunt for more brands like this!

  2. Yasmin M
    January 19, 2016 / 3:48 pm

    I've been really frustrated by the same thing lately. I still use the St Ives exfoliator and Simple cleanser that I was using in my teens. Indulged in some liz earle and laura mercier products recently but I don't think they're good enough to justify the ridicuous prices (£24 for a medium sized makeup remover?!?). Really struggling to find a mid-range product that's targeted towards a slightly older market.

    • Hayley Carr
      January 25, 2016 / 2:14 pm

      Simple have some products targeted at older women coming out this summer (which I'm excited about) but Liz Earle, Caudalie, Pixi and such are good alternatives.

  3. Kathryn Williams
    January 19, 2016 / 4:19 pm

    I feel like brands assume you want an oil or balm cleanser when older but I lean to Avene and La Roche Posay for my oily skin. Kathryn /Cherries in the Snow

    • Hayley Carr
      January 25, 2016 / 2:15 pm

      Oils are balms are essential for taking off makeup properly – even for oily skin. It's a common misconception that those with oily skin should avoid oils!

  4. Bex
    January 19, 2016 / 5:58 pm

    I first tried this brand after getting a sample in a beauty box. I love the story behind its creation and that it's less harsh for you as well.Great product to try :)Bex x

  5. Leanne Page
    January 19, 2016 / 6:57 pm

    I agree its difficult to find a good face wash for adults! I quite like the Good Things Range. But these sounds really good and an even better price. I will be sure to check these out 🙂 xxwww.lpagebeauty.com

    • Hayley Carr
      January 25, 2016 / 2:16 pm

      Good Things is a great range too – although targeted at slightly younger audience.

  6. The Velvet Runway
    January 20, 2016 / 8:50 am

    I haven't heard of "Amie" before, but I do like the fact that it's free from harsh chemicals. I tend not to use face washes as I use a cleansing balm or oil at night and then in the morning I just 'splash and go', but I think a good 'free from' face wash could be a good addition to my morning routine :)http://www.thevelvetrunway.com

  7. Pam Scalfi
    January 20, 2016 / 10:31 am

    I had not heard of them until now so thanks for sharing! definitely need to ditch clean and clear :p hahaPam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  8. Jess | The Indigo Hours
    January 20, 2016 / 12:39 pm

    You've hit the nail on the head here! It's so hard to find a nice, budget friendly face wash that isn't mostly SLS. I've really enjoyed the Amie products I've tried so I think I'll have to pick this up and give it a whirl 🙂 I really like the Botanics range at Boots, and I've heard good things about Una Brennan's range too!Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

    • Hayley Carr
      January 25, 2016 / 2:17 pm

      Una Brennan is pretty good actually too – affordable and definitely for those of us non-teens! Their skincare products are great for women in their 20s/30s.

  9. Aline Oshima
    January 20, 2016 / 8:31 pm

    Bravura London has a mud cleanser that is really nice and gentle too, not too expensive

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