A couple months ago I decided that I wanted to invest in a warm-weather cleanser. I would imagine that the average person would just find one cleanser that they really liked, use it morning and night, everyday, all year-round, and repurchase when necessary. But, where's the fun in that? Instead of switching up my wardrobe for the seasons, I like to switch up my skincare. Just to clarify, I do switch up my wardrobe, I just get more excited about crafting the perfect and seasonally appropriate skin care regime. To each their own, eh?
Throughout the winter I religiously used the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm (£36), and I could not/ can not get enough of the stuff! I have repurchased it twice now, that's a testament to how much I love it. I still use it in the evenings, but I was after something a tad lighter and a bit more refreshing for the morning. This may be sad, but the thought of a really nice morning cleanser waiting for me does help me get out of bed, so I'm labelling this a tactical move. Anyway, I did my research and after a couple of days accidentally-on-purpose popped the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel (£32.50) into my cart.
First off, let's just start by addressing the fact that it has a pump. Hallelujah! If I could have every beauty product be pumpable (maybe not mascara, that would be weird), I would do it in a heartbeat. It makes everything so much easier! It's labeled a gel cleanser, but I would say it's a bit of a gel/balm hybrid. It starts out as a gel and quickly transforms into a hydrating oil on contact with the skin. It's definitely lighter than your average cleansing balm, but doesn't feel stripping and is just as nourishing. The actual product is so gorgeous, its a peachy colour with the most beautiful scent- and boy does it feel dreamy on the skin! Advertised as an illuminating cleanser it is packed full of skin goodness- Vitamins A, C & E (to help improve and repair damaged skin), Omega 6 (to improve elasticity and firmness), Pumpkin enzymes (to gently remove dead skin cells)... I could go on, but you get the idea. It's also free from artificial fragrances, colourants, silicones, parabens and sulphates- so an all round winner, really.
I take the time to really massage one pump into my dry skin in the morning and then gently remove with warm water an a flannel. Apart from getting more excited about mornings than I have been in a very long time, my skin is left nourished, soft and glowing- ready for the day's makeup. I'm a little bit in love.