When it starts to get colder I like to put away the Bioderma H20 and reach for something that's a little more hydrating. Since I didn't get on with Emma Hardie's cleansing balm I was on the look out for a cleansing balm that was simple, gentle and most importantly contained no essential oils and Clinique's Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm does all that. The size of this tub is excellent value for money, your getting 125ml for £21 which is more product and less money than a lot of the other cleansing balms on the market. Getting hold of this was next to impossible, it was constantly out of stock but then it briefly popped up on House of Fraser's website so I wasted no time ordering myself a tub.
When it comes to cleansing balms/oils I always like to use a gel cleanser afterwards to make sure there is no oil left on my skin. In the past that has worked perfectly but when I was doing this with Take The Day Off every morning I was waking up with a new spots on my cheeks. I then started using this as my first and second cleanse, forgetting the gel altogether but I was just breaking out even more. I was at a loss for what to do as none of the products in my collection were suitable, I have a good BHA exfoliator (Pauala's Choice Clear Extra 2% Salicylic Acid) but only that was doing so much. If I had done my research *slaps self on wrist as I usually research every ingredient before I buy something* I would have discovered that this contains Ethylhexyl Palmitate, a highly comedogenic ingredient. Being the first ingredient means for blemish prone skin types like myself, this really is a no go. As soon as I stopped using this my face cleared up and my skin was finally back to normal.
Even after this gave me the worst break out I've ever had I still highly rate this cleanser because hands down its a simple cleanser that thoroughly cleans the skin and removes every last scarp of make up/skincare while still being completely gentle. So if you don't have blemish prone skin I would highly recommend this. I've searched and searched for reviews and I can only find a handful of people who've had a negative experience with this.