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Since I began cream/hot cloth cleansing about three years ago I haven't turned back. What started as a discovery of Clinique's Take the Day Off cleansing balm soon blossomed into a love affair with cult products such as Liz Earle's Cleanse and Polish and Emma Hardie's Amazing Face Natural Lift and Sculpt Cleansing Balm (the product in the bunch with the longest moniker, by far). All this is to say that I won't bring "soap" near my face to cleanse ever again. My dry skin simply responds infinitely better to cream cleansers.
Long known for their high quality bath oils, Aromatherapy Associates also offers a relatively extensive range of skin care. Largely comprised of body washes, facial serums and treatments such as eye creams and lip balms the products are formulated with the same care and attention to detail as their large offering of aromatherapeutic oils (such as Inner Strength, reviewed here). My love of all things cream cleanser led me to the brand's Hydrating Renewing Rose Cleanser* and Rose Exfoliating Cleanser* that I've been using (and loving) for over a month.
The Hydrating Renewing Rose Cleanser* has fast become a new skin care favorite. In the month and a half I've been using this cleanser I've noticed a marked improvement in my skin's overall hydration, a reduction of dry patches that peskily crop up at any time of year regardless of temperature and a lovely overall natural glow. Each evening I apply this cleanser to my damp skin in gentle massaging motions, allow it to sit a bit and then remove with a hot cloth. Those who eschew heavy fragrances in their skin care will rejoice in the subtle aromatic properties of the Aromatherapy Associates line. Although there is certainly a delicate rose fragrance, it's impression is only fleeting and does not linger once the product has been removed from the skin.
Aromatherapy Associates describes this cleanser as follows: "[the Hydrating Renewing Rose Cleanser is] a gentle and effective cleanser to wipe away impurities and make-up for clean, glowing skin. Jojoba cleanses while precious damask rose works to keep skin radiant and healthy-looking, and essential oil of geranium helps balance the skin’s natural oils."
The brand's Rose Exfoliating Cleanser* is identical to the Hydrating Renewing Rose Cleanser* in texture with the addition of small, exfoliating beads that gently massage the surface of the skin. Unlike more abrasive facial cleansers (St. Ives Apricot Scrub, we're looking at you) the delicate jojoba beads are gentle and feel reminiscent of an incredibly light sugar scrub against the skin. Although I prefer the more straightforward skin care benefits of the Hydrating Renewing Rose Cleanser*, the gentle exfoliation of the Rose Exfoliating Cleanser* is the perfect answer to irritated and sensitive skin as it cleans and resurfaces more gently than any other exfoliating product I've tried.
Aromatherapy Associates describe their Rose Exfoliating Cleanser as: "an exquisite blend of rich plant oils, pure rose water and jojoba beads to refine your pores and reveal fresh, healthy skin. Extremely gentle, these tiny beads have smooth, round edges so they don’t scratch as they lightly, yet efficiently, exfoliate dead skin cells for a smooth and brightened complexion."
Why didn't anyone tell me that Aromatherapy Associates offers such an extensive and high quality line of skin care products? Both the Hydrating Renewing Rose Cleanser* and the Rose Exfoliating Cleanser* give my dry, dehydrated skin exactly what it needs while removing every last stitch of makeup. I'm eager to explore the brand's other offerings, and will undoubtedly return to their cleansers time and time again. And that's saying something because I am fickle when it comes to skin care: they're that good people.
Have you tried Aromatherapy Associates skin care range? Which product is your favorite?