This review of the By Sarah London Facial Oil and Natural Green Clay Cleansing Balm is not sponsored. I genuinely wanted to try these products and given the fantastic results I’ve experienced, I hoped this summary might be useful to others with sensitive skin.
I once heard that French women – disciples to careful, sophisticated and costly skincare regimes – tut disapprovingly when they hear that the regime (and I use that term loosely) followed by their UK counterparts consists largely of a frenzied and short-lived encounter with a makeup wipe.
Where are the cleansers? The toners? The serums and the cooling gels? How could anyone drag an alcohol soaked wipe across their face and hope to resemble anything less than a freshly disinfected toilet bowl?
When I read this little anecdote, I wondered what those sophisticated French ladies would make of my own approach to skincare.
You see, when it comes to my skin, I’m incredibly lazy. After a prolonged teenage relationship with acne and a love affair with the only mildly corrosive benzoyl peroxide, I was almost relieved when, during my twenties, my skin transformed from an oil slick into a dehydrated desert.
I took it to be a good sign: surely it meant that my greasy, pubescent days were behind me?
As a result, my skin enjoyed a daily smear with a face wipe, a quick scrub with (any old) face wash in the shower and a token pat of moisturiser.
Et voilà: my not so elaborate skincare routine was complete.