Nuts and Bolts: Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser

Liz Earle, the British beauty brand with a devoted (yes, some would say cult) following, makes just one cleanser—and we now know why there’s no need for more. The plant-based Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser, which has racked up more than 80 beauty awards, harnesses the power of botanical extracts to accomplish the holy trinity of skincare: cleansing, toning, and moisturizing. We got into the nitty-gritty to find out how this hero product gets the job done.

The Purifier: Eucalyptus Oil

Traditionally used in cold and flu remedies as a decongestant, eucalyptus oil is a natural-born bacteria killer—which makes it ideal for treating and preventing spots, pimples, and blemishes. This minty zit-buster also increases skin circulation.

The Toner: Hops

Derived from the pinecone-like fruit of the hops plant, this brew-making staple is Liz Earle’s go-to toner thanks to its astringent properties. Plant estrogens promote hormonal balance, while asparagine helps flush out toxins.

The Energizer: Rosemary

Not just a flavor-booster, this medicinal herb is rich in good-for-your-skin ingredients like antioxidants and bioflavonoids. It tones, protects, stimulates, and regenerates, all while reducing sebum production (see ya, excess oil). In other words, this strong-smelling extract is an instant refresher for your skin.

The Soother: Chamomile

Known for its sleep-inducing abilities, this anti-inflammatory essential oil also has a calming effect on skin.

The Makeup Remover: Cocoa Butter

Makeup has met its match with cocoa butter. The powerful emollient, which contains moisture-boosting fatty acids and free radical-fighting antioxidants, is also an excellent solvent. Translation: Your day-old mascara and slept-on foundation don’t stand a chance.

The Buffer: Pure Muslin Cloth

Used by Japan’s geishas to keep their skin perfectly smooth, face cloths are a gentle but effective way to dislodge dead skin cells and stimulate circulation. Liz Earle’s loosely woven cotton cloth is just the right texture for deep cleaning, without roughing up skin.

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