It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with cleansing balms. I love the fact that they take off the day without even a hint of grief and that they hardly ever cause my sensitive skin to get red or irritated. I take great delight in the way that cleansing balms glide over my skin with ease, and I yearn for the luxe slip of a balm when I’m without one. To put it bluntly, I think cleansing balms should totally replace all other forms of makeup remover.
Needless to say, cleansing balms are something I feel quite passionately about, and the reason for this deep-rooted passion is down to one product in particular. If you were to look at my skincare shelves, you could expect to see an array of high-end, luxury products. From deeply hydrating La Mer face creams to ultra-brightening, gold-infused Révive face masks, there’s a huge amount of efficacious (but eye-wateringly expensive) luxury skincare products that I swear by. However, if you look closely enough, you might notice one remarkably unassuming product nestled in there. Housed in a plain, simple tin, The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter is without a doubt my most coveted skincare product.
No, it doesn’t look like much, and no, it doesn’t smell like a spa and no it absolutely does not promise to totally fix your every skin concern overnight. However, it does remove every last trace of dirt and makeup from your face with zero fuss. It also smells somewhat comforting and promises to totally change the way you approach your evening skincare routine due to how remarkably easy and fuss-free it is to use.
The state of my skin has been a real annoyance over the last few years—sometimes it would be plagued with spots, while a few weeks later, it would switch in a second and become insufferably dry. With some products only worsening the issue, this situation has made the process of selecting skincare a little difficult to say the least.
My only constant throughout the last four or so years has been The Body Shop cleansing butter. It doesn’t cause redness, it doesn’t egg on breakouts and it doesn’t leave skin with any potentially irritating film—it just does what it’s told. It takes my makeup off, provides a nice slip for a quick facial massage to get the circulation going and offers just the right level of hydration while calming any existing irritation with the help of chamomile. And did I mention it’s only £11?
In fact, I’d go as far as to say that if I could only use one skincare product for the rest of my life, it would be this stuff. If you suffer from temperamental skin as I do, I urge you to give this little tub of wonder a go. Keep scrolling to shop the balm along with other glow-giving skincare products from The Body Shop that I swear by.
As the latest addition to The Body Shop’s mask offering, I was quite excited when I first heard about this. I’m a huge fan of the existing hydrating masks and I’m borderline obsessed with the Hemp Hand Protector, so I was more or less set to love this mask from the get-go. And I really do love it. It’s nourishing and hydrating but not greasy in any way. My skin basically drinks this stuff up.
I’m really not a huge fan of gua sha or jade rollers because I don’t find that they offer the level of massage that I want, plus they require a fair amount of skill to use. This little massager on the other hand really works the facial muscles. Whenever I’m a little puffy, I spend a few minutes rolling this along my jawline and over my cheekbones for instant tightening.
One bottle of this stuff sells every 23 seconds, so it would appear I’m not alone in loving it. Not only does it give skin a healthy shot of moisture, but it also contains a bunch of antioxidants to protect against pollution and other contributors to skin ageing.
A huge amount of vitamin C serums cause my sensitive skin to flare up, but this serum has been a staple in my skincare routine for years. The radiance it gives to skin is unmatched by any other vitamin C products that I’ve tried.
Above anything, I love that this cleanser is super gentle but still leaves skin radiant and deeply cleansed. On top of that, I’m obsessed with the fact that all of the organic carrots used to make this wonderful product are ones that were considered too “wonky” for the supermarkets.
While I’m all too aware of the fact that harsh facial scrubs can leave skin compromised, I simply can’t part myself from this one. It’s just too good. With such fine grit, this face scrub can be “rolled” over the skin without over-exfoliating and causing trauma to the skin. When used once a week, it leaves skin impossibly glowy.