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A New Crop of Cleansers

September 12th, 2007


Simple ways to get skin clean.

Cleansing the skin is the most important part of your nightly routine. Even if you are an anti-product person, this is one step you don't want to skip.

Here's a look at a new breed of cleansers that improve the experience and make dirt, grime and makeup a thing of the past.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish

imageA winner in the UK, and recently launched in the U.S., this two-phase system cleanses the skin using a fresh herbal mix of rosemary and eucalyptus, while the muslin cloth (which should be rinsed and wrung out in hand-hot water) gently polishes off the cream, leaving skin glowing and refreshed.

Why the muslin cloth?

Liz Earle shares, "Face cloths have long been used by the ornately decorated Geisha girls in Japan to keep their chalk-white skin soft and smooth. The silk cloths used in Japan were cleansing, not exfoliating though, so I chose pure cotton muslin which has the perfect texture to also gently exfoliate by buffing away dead skin cells. The cloth should be used with a circular massage motion to help stimulate fresh skin cell renewal and dislodge the dead, grey skin cells that make skin look drab."

Don't think the cloth is a hassle, it makes the experience extra special, and it's easy to clean (simply rinse under the tap after each use--- it's quick to dry and pop in your wash every couple of days)!


Olay Pore Refining Mousse

imageIs it for dessert or is it a cleanser? You will be pleasantly surprised with this mousse's consistency as it resembles a lush mound of whipped cream. Its thickness cushions the skin and makes it frothy and lather-y--- just what we like! Olay's Pore Refining Mousse cleanser contains micro-crystals to deeply cleanse, detoxify and exfoliate away dead skin cells for soft, clear skin without over-drying. Skin looks refined and impeccably clean. (TIP: Just be sure to fully depress applicator for proper dispensing.)

Could this be the start of a mousse cleansing trend?

Available at CVS and mass retailers nationwide.

Arcona Beauty Bars

imageHere's another edible-looking delight, Arcona's Beauty Bars. These unique solid cleansers even come in their own jar for take-a-way convenience. Soap-bar addicted? These solid bars will give you the soap bar benefits plus so much more.

They are available in four variations:
- Toner Tea and Berry Fruit are antioxidant-rich and calming for the skin.
- Raspberry Acne clears congested skin and helps alleviate breakouts.
image- Kiwi Bar nourishes and hydrates as it minimizes pores.

Each bar is cold-pressed in small batches to keep them fresh, active and super-effective.


- Back.

Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin.

—Gwyneth Paltrow