Before hand, the only option you had to clean your face with were a cleansing, foaming gel (eurgh), or a 'tissue off' cream cleanser (double eurgh). For any of you with oily, acne prone skin like myself will agree that finding a decent cleanser is often rather confusing. We're apparently meant to find something that balances (read: strips) your skins excess oils, and one that deeply cleanses your pores (read: leaves your skin sore, red raw and spottier than before).
If you have drier skin, you're told you need a super nourishing, creamy cleanser. Wrong - these can often be too rich for the skin.
Enter the cleansing balm, a product that needs only the smallest amount to melt into a silky oil once warmed and massaged into the skin. It can remove make-up effortlessly, and obviously, thoroughly cleanse and nourish the skin - for all skin types.
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish was the first balm (though of the more creamy variant) that well and truly began my adoration for skincare, and kick started a proper skincare regime. Then there was a bit of a blip with a REN ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser, but lets not discuss that. And then came along the incredible Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm, which is so buttery and nourishing yet isn't too rich for my tricky skin. The Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm is an almost identical copy for only a fraction of EH's price.
Now, however, let me introduce to you a new beauty that's sitting pretty as the Queen Bee of my skincare...
The Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel is a product a was very reluctant to purchasing. It was mainly because of the fact Oskia describe this as a gel, yet it very, very much is a balm. One pump perfectly dispenses the amount needed to cover your entire face. It very quickly melts into a gentle oil like consistency and releases beautiful rose aromas that smell like your face first into a huge platter of Turkish Delight. It's not a dripping oil consistency, more a thicker oil that is easily controlled as your massage it into your skin. Simple wash off with a flannel or muslin cloth and reveal radiant, clean skin.
Whether your skin is dry, dehydrated, combination, sensitive, oily, acne prone - the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel is a dream for your skin. Serums, face masks, oils and moisturisers are where you can find products that are more tailored for your skin type. In my honest opinion, your cleanser should only be a balm or an oil. This gently cleanses your skin, yet rids it of any dirt or grime, all the while nourishing your skin. They also encourage you to massage your skin and increase the circulation of blood which gives your skin some life and the glow you want.
This is £28 which, yes, seems pricey for a cleanser, but it dispenses a tiny yet perfect amount each time that I can see this lasting some time. Great as a morning and evening cleanser - I use a cleansing oil to remove make up and then use this as my second cleanse.
Invest in your skincare - it's the only face you'll ever have!
Have you ever tried the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel? Do you prefer gel, cream or balm/oil cleansers? What was the last beauty splurge you made?