I'm doing pretty well on my resolution to cleanse and treat my face as soon as I get home. This past week was my first week on full-time hours, and it's been a good experience taking a bit of time to slow down and unwind at the end of the day.
I'd used them on and off over the past few years, but 2014 was the year of the hot cloth cleanser for me. They remove makeup and cleanse without feeling like you've stripped your face, plus adding a cloth of some kind helps to gently exfoliate things overall. I use chemical exfoliants, but sometimes you just want a bit of a scrub to feel like your face is clean, you know?
Granted, you could use a cloth with just about any cleanser--and I would argue that it makes them more effective, not to mention much more ecologically-sound--but generally legit hot cloth cleansers are formulated with oils and waxes, don't include the harsher surfactants, and are designed to be fairly gentle on the skin. I smush the hot cloth cleanser all over my face, which melts off the makeup I've been wearing, and then wipe it all off with a cloth. If you wear seriously waterproof eye makeup you may need to go in and clean up with a cotton bud, but it's never more than a few flecks for me.
I first tried the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish a few years ago, and it remains my favourite. I've come to realise that I greatly prefer herbal, almost medicinal scents to the sweet or floral in my skin and body care, but sensitive skins take note: I've read reviews where people have reacted to the eucalyptus oil in this. The No7 and Superdrug options are comparable, formulated without the essential oils, and SO. MUCH. CHEAPER.
I got the balance me cleanse and smooth face balm in the October birchbox (which I didn't bother reviewing, but you can read my review of the September box here), and it's my least favourite of the lot. It's much harder and waxier than the others, and I felt like it pulled at my skin. It has oatmeal bits in it as well, and while they're fairly small chunks, I am not comfortable putting that around my eyes. It's also the most expensive (price per ml- and unit-wise) of the bunch.
The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter is a bit of an odd one. It comes in solid wax form, but melts pretty much immediately on contact with the skin and becomes an oil, so it's quite different from all of the others. It works in much the same way, but it feels slightly more stripping than the more creamy options above. "Sumptuous" and "Butter" wouldn't be my choice of words.
What cleansers are you loving? And how are you doing on your resolutions, if you made any?