The Truth About Cleansing & A Spa Giveaway!

I think we all know that cleansing is the first step towards healthy looking skin and toning will remove any residual dirt and oil, to leave our skin feeling clean and refreshed. No matter what your skin type or skin care concern, your complexion will be healthier, look younger and feel smoother if you cleanse and tone daily!

With such a huge range of cleansers and toners on the market, to suit all skin types (available as a milk, foaming wash, balm or oil) it can all get very confusing.

The Options…

Cleansing Milks – A cleansing milk is applied onto dry skin with fingers or a cotton pad and is usually removed with a toner. I personally like the feeling of water on my skin, so I always remove my cleansing milk with a splash of warm water, followed by a suitable toner. Cleansing milks are great for all skin types but as they’re less drying, usually recommended for normal to dry skin.

Foaming Cleansers – Foaming cleansers are exactly that, cleansing creams or gels that foam when in contact with wet skin. This type of cleanser is washed away with warm water. Again there are foaming cleansers for all skin types but as a rule (as they can be drying), they’re better suited to younger, oily or combination skin.

Cleansing Balms/ Oils – Cleansing balms usually come in pots and melt onto dry skin as they’re massaged onto the face, to become an oil. You then remove the oil with warm water, similar to a foaming cleanser. This type of cleanser is very effective and is suitable for normal to dry skin types.

Cleansing Bars/ Soaps – The original cleanser! Lets face it we all started with a good old soap and although the old fashioned soap of our youth was drying and not very nourishing, it did leave your skin clean and fresh. These days soaps or ‘cleansing bars’ are much kinder on our skin but just as effective in removing everyday dirt and pollution.

The Benefits

Cleansing will also ensure your skin is fully prepped to receive and take full advantage of any moisturisers or serum you go on to use. If I’m honest, as my skin type is pretty normal (although it can become dehydrated at certain times of the year) I tend to fluctuate from all of the above options. These are some of my cleansing and polishing heroes and are ALWAYS in my bathroom cupboard.


Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish

Clarins Cleansing Milk & Toning Lotion

E’Spa Cleansing Bar

REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial

Clarins Gentle Peeling (a weekly deep cleanse and polishing product)

the braun faceFor the best cleanse or maybe I should say ‘at home facial’ you should try this amazing Braun Face. It has a cleansing brush that’s designed to remove all traces of dirt and make-up, and cleanse impurities and claims to be 6x more effectively than manual cleansing.  You use the brush with your regular cleanser, gel, lotion or even just water.


Let’s ‘face’ it nothing can beat a full spa Facial! And the lovely people at Leisure Jobs have given me a day at a Bannatyne Spa for two to give away. To enter, simply follow the instructions below…

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 Thank you to Leisure Jobs for offering me this prize.






  1. April 24, 2015 / 10:00 pm

    Great post I love beauty products , I get quite excited about them, but there is such a huge choice can be a bit overwhelming x

  2. April 24, 2015 / 10:20 pm

    I love Liz Earle, I use all her products but love having a facial with other brands. This is a great giveaway, I will have to learn to enter properly ha! X

  3. April 25, 2015 / 5:18 pm

    I love Liz Earle – and they’re a fab local company to me! If I won the spa day is take my mum. She always deserves a treat x

  4. Leanne Lunn
    April 26, 2015 / 9:09 am

    I would take my sister in law she has just had a baby and would love a bit of pampering.

  5. April 26, 2015 / 7:18 pm

    What an amazing giveaway! Very exciting.

  6. April 26, 2015 / 10:58 pm

    I have been using the Braun Face which I won on your lovely blog, love it! Great giveaway I can’t resist a bit of pampering xx

    • Heledd
      April 27, 2015 / 12:19 am

      And you deserve all the pampering in the world, lovely lady xx

  7. Jane Willis
    April 27, 2015 / 9:32 am

    I’d take my friend Claire Toplis, we’ve been promising ourselves a spa day together for the best part of a year. We live quite far apart so it’s a great chance to relax and catch up with each other.

  8. April 27, 2015 / 10:29 am

    As above I would take Jane Willis , we are great friends and SPA is what we both need and I love to catch up with Jane who is a great giggle

  9. Margaret Lee-Roberts
    April 27, 2015 / 11:39 am

    My eldest daughter. She has just started running and has booked her first run – a half marathon! I think she would really benefit from the Spa.

  10. Kasia
    April 27, 2015 / 12:13 pm

    My sister – it’d be her birthday gift!

  11. April 27, 2015 / 12:52 pm

    I’m so lazy with a cleansing routine! I use facial wipes from Wilko — 50p a pack — and some Neutrogena soap with a microfibre cloth! Oops. Perhaps I should be taking better care of my skin? That said, I do use a great moisturiser! 😉

    Caro |

  12. Michelle Banks
    April 27, 2015 / 4:40 pm

    my daughter because i love her so much and she deserves a treat x

  13. Natally
    April 27, 2015 / 5:47 pm

    My daughter, she’s my best friend

  14. Nikki Hunter
    April 27, 2015 / 7:23 pm

    I’d take my best friend Kim 😀

  15. Heather Macklin
    April 27, 2015 / 7:27 pm

    Can blokes go? I’d take my husband, if so.

  16. janet humphrey
    April 27, 2015 / 7:31 pm

    I’d take my sis in law Lynne who worka in a local hospice

  17. Nicola McC
    April 27, 2015 / 8:48 pm

    I’d take my friend Joanne 🙂

  18. April 28, 2015 / 8:11 am

    I’d take my friend Nicky who I’ve been trying to win a spa day for, for ages

  19. Laura Pritchard
    April 28, 2015 / 1:14 pm

    My little sister as we could have some real quality time together 🙂

  20. clare davies
    April 28, 2015 / 2:23 pm

    my other half! x
    for some much needed us time x

  21. Nicola Jones
    April 28, 2015 / 4:57 pm

    I would take my sister and spa buddy Tina because she treated me to a spa day recently so I would love to return the favour

  22. Kate Jones
    April 28, 2015 / 7:47 pm

    My Godmother as I love her

  23. Ruth Harwood
    April 29, 2015 / 7:34 am

    I have a friend who I know would appreciate a few days away from her kids!

  24. claire woods
    April 29, 2015 / 8:31 am

    My hubby because he works hard and would appreciate a bit of pampering.

  25. jayne hall
    April 29, 2015 / 9:50 am

    my daughter so we can pamper ourselves

  26. david cavender
    April 29, 2015 / 11:24 am

    with my girlfriend because she deserves a break

  27. April 29, 2015 / 12:18 pm

    I think I’d take one of my good friends who is having a really hard time in work at the moment, she needs a day off and neither of us have ever been to a Spa so would be a lovely treat!
    I love the Liz Earle cleanser and one of my friends recently introduced me to Espa which I am just loving! xx

  28. April 29, 2015 / 8:10 pm

    I am a massive fan of a hot cloth cleanse and use Elemis exclusively for it. I just love the smell… however I will admit that I don’t do it nearly enough xxx

  29. Jackie Chapman
    April 29, 2015 / 8:31 pm

    My friend and work mate, I know first hand how stressful her job is!

  30. lynn heath
    April 30, 2015 / 1:55 pm

    I would take my sister, she needs a little bit of me time after looking after her son and working full time!

  31. Brooke Ritchie
    April 30, 2015 / 2:21 pm

    I would take my lovely friend Joanne with me, we’ve both been so wrapped up in our busy little lives recently, we’ve not had chill time together. This would be bliss xxx

  32. Sioux
    April 30, 2015 / 7:37 pm

    I would take my bestie with me; She has been through a rough few years, both personally and health wise…. Keeping it all crossed XxxX

  33. Nichola Harwood
    April 30, 2015 / 8:57 pm

    I’d take my best friend, as shes done a lot for me over these past few months and deserves a treat!

  34. zoe
    May 1, 2015 / 9:38 am

    my boyfriend because he is my best friend and i love spending time with him

  35. May 1, 2015 / 10:28 am

    I would take my mum because shes my mum and I love her to bits

  36. kim neville
    May 2, 2015 / 2:43 pm

    I would take my sister as she has just had a baby and could do with some pampering

  37. claire little
    May 2, 2015 / 9:07 pm

    my mum as she deserves to relax

  38. suzanne bebbington
    May 3, 2015 / 7:29 am

    Need the pampering. Had a very difficult year so far

  39. Rey Chunara
    May 3, 2015 / 5:08 pm

    I’d take my sister – she loves being pampered!

  40. Allan Fullarton
    May 3, 2015 / 7:01 pm

    My sister, she’d love it.

  41. Michelle Ferguson
    May 3, 2015 / 7:12 pm

    I’d take my sister as she loves a spa day.

  42. donna l jones
    May 3, 2015 / 9:21 pm

    my friend mandy because she deserves it

  43. teresa sheldon
    May 3, 2015 / 10:50 pm

    My lovely daughter who in March, gave me the most gorgeous grandson William

  44. Phil Oneill
    May 4, 2015 / 2:51 pm

    My wife. She could do with a nice pamper day.

  45. Jo Meichtry
    May 4, 2015 / 3:47 pm

    I would take my husband as a birthday treat and for working so hard 🙂

  46. Joanne Welsh
    May 4, 2015 / 7:27 pm

    My mum, because she’s my best friend and she deserves it

  47. Ann Skamarauskas
    May 4, 2015 / 7:41 pm

    I would take my daughter as she is doing her finals and needs the unwind

  48. rebecca nisbet
    May 4, 2015 / 8:43 pm

    my friend lucy, we havent had much time together since she come back from tavelling, would be nice to have some time with her whilst getting pampered.

  49. Charlene Keddy
    May 4, 2015 / 10:31 pm

    My hubby – he needs a break!! xx

  50. Rebecca Funnell
    May 5, 2015 / 5:38 pm

    I’d take my hubby as he works so hard and deserves a relaxing day.

  51. Emma Gallagher
    May 5, 2015 / 7:22 pm

    I would take my husband as he has been saying recently that we should go out together more (without our young son) and this would be the prefect way for us to experience our first ever spa day.

  52. Karl Borowy
    May 5, 2015 / 11:14 pm

    take my lovely wife

  53. elaine stokes
    May 6, 2015 / 8:28 am

    I would take my best friend, as its just been her birthday and mine is coming up, so its a win win present for both of us

  54. Deb Alexander
    May 6, 2015 / 9:09 am

    I would take my husband as he was 40 this year and this would be a lovely treat, also with having 3 children it would be fab for the both of us!! Many thanks for running such a great competition!

  55. Ursula Hunt
    May 6, 2015 / 9:12 am

    My Husband, he takes care of me and doesn’t get enough pampering

  56. charlie hefferon
    May 6, 2015 / 10:19 am

    My mum, she deserves a pamper!!

  57. Cheryl
    May 6, 2015 / 10:22 am

    My little sister (Okay, so she’s 22 and not so little now!)

  58. Robby Price
    May 6, 2015 / 1:10 pm

    My Grand Daughter for her birthday

  59. Amy B
    May 6, 2015 / 2:39 pm

    My partner because he works extremely hard and deserves a break!

  60. May 6, 2015 / 3:38 pm

    My Mum – she is overworked and underpaid and deserves pampering more than anyone I know 🙂 <3 x

  61. May 6, 2015 / 3:42 pm

    I’d take my mum – her little sister (my aunty) died recently and unexpectedly and she has been a bit down since so something like this might cheer her up

  62. Martina Alban
    May 6, 2015 / 4:39 pm

    my friend Lorna – she is a single mother and teacher and the way she manages everything I am in ewe of her so would like to spoil her as well

  63. Vera Bahounkova
    May 6, 2015 / 7:14 pm

    My daughter Petra it would her birthday gift

  64. Lauren Old
    May 7, 2015 / 6:59 am

    My mum because she deserves a relaxing day out and a break from being a housewife!

  65. Karen Usher
    May 7, 2015 / 8:34 am

    I would take a school Mum friend, as shes been doing a lot for me lately (taking kids home etc) I owe her big time!

  66. Leanne Bell
    May 7, 2015 / 8:45 am

    My Mum – she has done so much for me and my Daughters despite living 240 miles away.

  67. soneailiami
    May 7, 2015 / 8:46 am

    my hubby!

  68. Oksana Fitzgerald
    May 7, 2015 / 8:57 am

    My husband

  69. Petra Hora
    May 7, 2015 / 9:47 am

    Believe me or not. I would take my mother in law who is currently visiting us from Australia.

  70. hazel murphy
    May 7, 2015 / 10:29 am

    I would take my daughter , she works hard and loves a massage.

  71. Lance Bellers
    May 7, 2015 / 10:59 am

    My lovely wife of course

  72. Hannah Lord
    May 7, 2015 / 12:42 pm

    I would take my mum as it is both of our birthdays next week and would be a lovely treat 🙂

  73. May 7, 2015 / 3:54 pm

    I’d treat a friend who is having a hard time.

  74. cat culmer
    May 7, 2015 / 4:34 pm

    I’d take my mam, Jennifer. She could do with a treat x

  75. Julie Anne Seaman
    May 7, 2015 / 5:39 pm

    My mum Vallery

  76. Zoe Bryan
    May 7, 2015 / 6:17 pm

    My best friend she just got promoted at work and would be a great treat for her 😀

  77. Sarah Palmer
    May 7, 2015 / 6:21 pm

    my hubby he looks after me and our four boys amazingly and we have had a rough few years x

  78. kimberley grant
    May 7, 2015 / 7:21 pm

    I would take my sister who recently had a baby who would enjoy a spa day

  79. jessica newman
    May 7, 2015 / 7:35 pm

    my best friend

  80. Rebecca Powell
    May 7, 2015 / 8:04 pm

    My sister as she deserves a treat

  81. olivia Kirby
    May 7, 2015 / 8:25 pm

    I would love to take my husband as that’s who I like spending time with the most

  82. Natalie Crossan
    May 7, 2015 / 8:29 pm

    My Mum who could do with a nice massage

  83. May 7, 2015 / 8:45 pm

    I would take my best friend, she works in a care home so deserves some pampering for herself as her life is spent caring for others

  84. Amanda Botterill
    May 7, 2015 / 8:48 pm

    I would take my daughter just because I love spending time with her

  85. natalee gosiewski
    May 7, 2015 / 9:13 pm

    my sister we fell out for over 2 years we are close again now so would take her

  86. Tom Flahive
    May 7, 2015 / 10:23 pm

    I’d take my girlfriend – our 1st anniversary