If you hadn't already guessed by the title and photo, this post is all about the Elemis Pro-Colagen Cleansing Balm. It isn't the cheapest of products with a retail price of around £40 depending on where you purchase it from. The full size is 105g but I was lucky enough to receive a 20g size pot at one of the blogger events I attended. I have used it about 4 or 5 times and by the photo below you can see I still have most of it left. Therefore the full size product would last a very long time.
One of the reasons it lasts so long is that you only need to apply a small amount of the product to cover your face. The formula has a greasy jelly consistency (a bit like Vaseline) which means it spreads easily across the skin and is extremely hydrating, hence the anti-aging claim.
When using it, I always make sure that most of my make-up has already been removed and that my skin is relatively clean. I then apply the cleansing balm all over my face including my eyes, this is probably not recommended by Elemis but the product has no strong chemicals in it and does sting or hurt my eyes at all. I usually leave the product on my face for half an hour to allow it to sink into my skin and break down any dirt (this isn't crucial and can be removed straight away after application). I then use very warm water and a muslin cloth to wipe the cleansing balm off. The reason I use very warm water is to open my pores and remove as much dirt as possible. The combination of the oils in the product and the hot water means that all traces of dirt and make-up are removed from my face and my skin is left feeling soft and already moisturised. I finish off by my rinsing my face with cold water as this will close my pores back up and stop any dirt and bacteria re-entering.
After trying this product a few times now, I would definitely purchase the full size. My skin always feels healthier and softer after I use it and I am literally left with no make-up residue the next morning. As noted, I still have most of my mini pot to use up so it may be a while yet till I have to invest in the full size.
I find that out of all the cleansing products I have used, jelly based formulas and liquid cleansers work the best and do the job of removing all of my make-up far more than cream based cleansers. If you have experienced the same thing then I recommend trying this cleansing balm by Elemis. Although expensive, it will last longer than creams and will do what a cleanser is supposed to do without stripping the skin and leaving it dry. Think of it as an investment... One that you will be glad you made in years to come!
Have you tried this cleansing balm before?
What's your favourite cleansing product?