It’s no secret that foaming cleansers and I have been broken up for a while.  I gave them so many chances but they didn’t have my best interests at heart, so I had to move on.  Sometimes I find myself pining for their quick, easy, instant gratification, but I know it’s just going to end in tears.  Fortunately, I have a cleanser in my life now, that gives me all of that and expects nothing in return.

The Nu’trir (for the love of god, don’t ask me how to pronounce it) Nourishing Cleansing Oil was a bit of an accidental find.  I was expecting a rich oil that would massage into the skin, melting away my makeup as I removed it with a warm face washer, kind of like every other oil cleanser I’ve used.  This one is different, however, and will appeal to anyone who loves the ease and feel of a foaming cleanser, without the stripping dryness.  You apply it to damp skin and it emulsifies, giving you that satisfying foamy feeling, like you’re having a really good clean out, but instead of rushing for the nearest serum, moisturiser or vat of lard, you’re left with comfortably clean skin that you just want to touch for a little bit.  On the other hand, it doesn’t leave a film like some oil cleansers do.  I for one like a bit of residual oil left on my skin, particularly in winter, but for those of you who are scared to try a cleansing oil for fear of not feeling squeaky clean, then this is the product for you.  I’m predicting that I’ll be a huge fan of this in summer or after a sweaty session at the gym – note to self : “Go to the gym and get sweaty there”.  Self : “You’re not the boss of me!”.

I am just keeping this in the shower for those lazy times when I forget to massage my cream cleanser on before jumping in.  Not only have I cut ties with foaming cleansers, but I’ve also split with hot water on my face in the shower.  This has been a messy break-up as it just feels so good to stick my whole head and face under the steaming hot flow of that pure liquid pleasure.  However, I have come to the realisation that this is even more evil for my severely dehydrated skin than those foamy temptresses and I need to resist the urge to keep going back to that destructive one sided love affair.  I try to keep contact with it to a minimum when I’m having a wash, by only using a face washer to remove my cleansers and exfoliants and it seems to be doing the trick.

The cleansing oil also offers gentle exfoliation in the form of Willow Bark extract, which is a natural Beta Hydroxy Acid.  BHA’s are oil soluble, so they can go inside the pores to give them a good clean out.  This is great for anyone with oily skin and blemishes who needs to steer clear of abrasive scrubs.  Seriously, I don’t care how good they feel, step away from the scrubs, they’ll only make your spots worse.

Another way to get a lovely exfoliation, especially for dry and very dehydrated skins, is with the Detoxifying Enzymatic Radiance Masque.  Again, this is a super quick and easy way to give your skin a bit of maintenance when it’s feeling dull and crusty. The mask uses fruit enzymes to gently exfoliate, while juicy ingredients like Manuka honey, nourishing oils and antioxidant vitamins give your skin a nutrient boost. So super time efficient, all you do is rub a bit on your face, leave it for two minutes, then take it off.  I usually apply it just before getting in the shower and then remove it very gently with a face washer.  Be warned, this is a powerful facial treatment, and unless you’ve got mega tough skin that can take a beating, I suggest you only stick to the recommended two minute activation time.  Any longer and your face may end up resembling a spanked bottom.  (I had the urge to write ‘spanked ham’, but then I realised that it’s slang for ‘furious masturbation’.  So, not quite the same thing…)

Anyway, male self loving aside, the Nu’trir range is definitely worth checking out.  There is a serum and moisturiser available too, which I’m sure I’ll get around to trying, or if you’ve tried it, let me know what you think.  I’m just excited to find some truly active products in the natural ‘drug store’ category that get busy on the skin while still being gentle and kind to the environment and our furry friends.  I’m happy to say that I’m in a healthy relationship with Nu’trir, even if I don’t know how to pronounce her name.

Kind Beauty Points : Nu’trir is cruelty free, eco friendly and natural.  The Nourishing Cleansing Oil is also vegan friendly.  You can buy Nu’trir from Priceline through Shopnate, and help out your favourite charity.

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