The body shop isn't a place I'd immediately head to when thinking of skincare, but in seeking out a toner and a hardcore make remover that would be suitable for sensitive skin I came across a couple of seriously recommended products and a 50% off sale and well... who can resist that eh?
Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil
Removing make up is a pain in the bumhole. Now I know that its my choice to shove a whole bunch of crap onto my mug almost everyday and removing the bloody stuff comes with the territory but it still fucking sucks.
When I was a teenage I was all over remover wipes *GASP* I know! I didn't know any better. I was young. Foolish. Naive. These days however, with my skin in its current state, acne ridden and sensitive, I've thrown those harsh, ineffective rags by the wayside and spent some time looking for a face friendlier alternative.
Whilst Bioderma is my general go to (>> see previous post <<), if I'm wearing more make up than usual (night out, extra bad skin day, waterproof mascara etc), I want something that can handle all that slap without using up half a pack of cotton pads.
I've tried all sorts of options, the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm, various offerings from REN and of course the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser, nothing agreed with me. My skin was just not having any of it. When.... dun da da duuuuuun...
ENTER THE BODY SHOP.
The Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil is really rather heavenly. It truly is a make up removal dream. Ridiculously effective at banishing even the toughest make up and super gentle on sensitive skin.
It's got a slight camomile scent which is lovely and calming and it leaves me skin feel soft and smooth.
I tend to use just one or two pumps which I massage first over my nose, cheeks, chin, forehead and finally my eye area (this avoids spreading the inevitable black mess from my mascara all over my face). I then rinse off thoroughly with warm water and a clean flannel. Usually I second cleanse with a non-oil based product just to ensure that there is no oily residue left on my skin. And that's about it really. Well done body shop. You done good.
Toner. It's not something I've used before. To be honest with my skin being the absolute dickhole it is I've just kept my routine to a bare minimum the past year or so. I don't want to give it any more reason to go haywire than it has already. However I figured it was probably time to man up and move on, live a little, try something new. I did some reason on sensitive skin friendly offerings and, as mentioned, there was handy discount code floating about so... BAM! Trial sized bottle of toner for less than a glass of wine.
I'm not sure what to say about this toner. It didn't aggravate my skin. It did feel lovely and refreshing. It was a nice 30 second step to shove into my morning routine and I sort of convinced myself that it was 'prepping' my skin for moisturiser/make up. It didn't totally rock my world but I'd probably repurchase it. That's not overly helpful is it? Basically, if you are looking for a reasonably priced, sensitive skin friendly toner then yeah, go for it. Trying it out is an option as they do a handy 'trial size (60ml for £3) Wahhey!
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE.