As I was doing my monthly haul in Boots, I spotted this unassuming little tube on special offer. At the bargain price of €4.14, it was quickly thrown into my basket. Months of relying on micellar water had left my skin feeling dry and I wanted something more hydrating – especially in the colder weather. But I really wasn’t expecting to stumble across a gem like this.
I added the Botanics Hydration Burst Dual Action Cleanser to my skincare routine that very night. It’s a balm-like cleanser that has quite a thick consistency when you first apply it to the face. Buff it in with your finger tips, and it transforms into a lovely oil - perfect for a bit of facial massage (here's how).
Once that's done, I use a large cotton pad and hot water to remove it (you could also use a face-cloth), and off comes my SPF 50, high coverage foundation, makeup and all the usual grime accumulated in the course of a day. It all rinses away easily and my skin is left soft, clean and without that dry, stripped feeling I’d been having.
Key ingredients include clary sage, which has loads of beauty benefits, like regulating the skin’s natural oil production and fighting bacteria. I also noticed that there’s no mineral oil on the ingredients list; olive fruit and jojoba oils are there instead.
This is aimed at dehydrated or sensitive skin but I think pretty much anyone would get on with it really well. I’ve been using it for over a month and I’m loving the results on my skin. I swear I'm glowing - and it seems to last an age! Another plus point is the soft, calming scent of the gel; it’s not too over-powering and it's brilliant as part of my night-time routine – I’m convinced it helps me sleep better (could be the clary sage again - it’s apparently a known sedative…)
You can purchase it in any Boots, priced at €8.29 for 125 ml, and often on offer for less. Woohoo!
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