I’m on such a cleansing kick at the moment, it’s not even funny. Luckily there are some amazing cleansers around right now, and from some great brands too, so I’m actually quite happy about this! I’ve been dying to try Z Pure Cleansing Balm, from one of my favourite brands; Zelens, since before it was released, and I eventually gave up waiting for my promised sample a while ago and just bought myself a bottle, something I am wont to do on many occasions. It was £50 well-spent though, and I’m glad I cracked. But then, with Zelens products, I usually am.
A clear liquid, reminiscent of the Alpha H Liquid Laser Oil I featured recently, this has a slightly sticky gel texture initially that quickly melts into an oil on the skin, and then emulsifies into a milk in contact with water. This is a beautifully refreshing cleanse, perfect for first thing in the morning, thanks to its gently minty shiso-infused scent.
It’s not so minty that you can’t use it at night though, and it is a fantastic oil for massaging. It stays on the surface of your skin without sinking in for the longest time, and it prepares you beautifully for any night-treatments you might be using too. Whilst it will remove makeup (something it does it very well, actually), at this price point, you’re best off using it after you’ve removed your makeup, which will allow the skin-loving perilla oil – which is one of the main ingredients in the formula – to nourish your face, rather than just have it pushing makeup debris and leftovers around your skin.
I remove it with a hot cloth, rather than emulsify with water and rinse, but it is easily removable either way. It doesn’t leave a greasy residue, or dry your skin out, you just have soft, perfectly clean skin, ready for anything you care to throw at it afterwards. Z Pure Cleansing Balm, alongside the aforementioned Alpha H Liquid Laser oil, and the Oskia Renaissance Gel I also reviewed recently are the three main cleansers I have in my rotation at the moment. Let me tell you that it takes a massively good formula to take me away from my beloved solid balms for any length of time, and these ones are very, very good indeed – I’ve not looked at a solid balm in months!
Invest in a good cleanser, and your skin will thank you for it, is my particular philosphy. Zelens Z Pure Cleansing Balm is worth every penny. Mine came from SpaceNK, where it cost £50.