I’m a double cleanse convert. Group hug. Last week I was at an event with Erborian where my makeup artist friend, Kenneth Soh, was demonstrating the double cleanse. Like everyone else, I got really into the concept when it was first introduced but never quite managed to put it into regular practice. If I tell you I have been doing a double cleanse both morning and night all week, you’ll see how much of a convert I have become!
The bottom line is that I’ve found the products that are right for me – both Erborian (but everyone will have different favourites and this isn’t really an Erborian post, but more of a double cleanse post). First, the Solid Cleansing Oil (£29 HERE) which melts onto my skin – you only need a tiny bit (you can see that despite my new enthusiasm, I haven’t used very much) – and has such good slip that it’s almost impossible not to massage and massage. I’m also a complete convert to the Konjac sponge as a wipe off method. I like Konjacs (£10 HERE) generally but just like the double cleanse, never did incorporate it into my routine regularly). The thing about a Konjac is that you can’t over-do it – just keep on wiping away, rinsing regularly, until you feel it’s enough. It never makes your skin feel dry (it’s pH neutral) although it does have a bit of a jelly like quality which might make some people squirm a little.
The second part of the cleanse is the Erborian Double Mousse. Cleansing Mousses (the plural of mousse? it can’t be mice, surely?) have a tendency to make skin feel dry – the Erborian version is the opposite. It’s a texture that I haven’t come across in a mousse before – both foamy and moisturising, as well as being incredibly soft. Again, I rinse away with the Konjac. Both smell a bit strange – I know it’s a herbal smell, but it rather reminds me of green tea. Annoyingly, Double Mousse has launched on the French Erborian site but not on the UK one – it’s worth the wait though. I already regularly use the Erborian Herbal Energy Cleanser (in fact, it’s coming up as an empty in a forthcoming post).
So, after all the effort, what are the effects on my skin? For a start, the radiance level goes up – it’s a close as you can get to gleaming skin. Next, my skin feels incredibly soft and just has a look of glowiness about it that’s a level up from usual. Finally, anything that I put on afterwards (currently Institut Esthederm and more Erborian) seems to be boosted and penetrates more easily.
Elizabeth Arden Hyaluronic Acid Ceramide Capsules
I’d be prepared to put money down to bet that you won’t have experienced a skin care texture like this before...
I can count the times in my life that I’ve been persuaded into a morning cleanse on one hand – I’m still not sure it’s strictly necessary but the point is that my skin looks and feels so much better for it and there’s enough of a benefit that I’m now prepared to put the effort in. I can’t promise it will last but right now, I’m all over the double cleanse!
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