The battle for decent skin continues with my skin doing it’s regular flip from feeling very dry and itchy to spotty and a little oily…then back again. Honestly it is the most nightmarish balancing act that I do think has got progressively worse since my pregnancy, but that’s just speculative – it could be various factors such as stress, lack of sleep etc. I have worked out that anything too harsh drives my skin insane, so I’m treading carefully with the majority of my skincare products which are now mostly very gentle formulations, apart from P50 which is still as scary as anything, but it works and my skin likes it.
Keeping all that in mind, when I was asked to try something from the Chidem Beauty range, I went for the Moisture Therapy Cleansing Beauty Balm as it sounded wonderful and like the sort of thing my skin would respond to. The creator of the brand warned me that it’s a very rich product and that I should tread carefully with it, which I’d say is sound advice as it is a product that, if overused by a spot-prone skin type, would result in breakouts. However, if you have skin like mine then this is a very good choice to use a few times a week – every day is a bit much but a few times a week makes a big difference.
Aesthetically this isn’t great, although I have been told that the packaging has been redeveloped. This is an expensive product and it should look that way, in my opinion. You open up the jar to be confronted with a dark green jelly – again, not the most attractive vision but once you make a start on this, you’ll forget the strange look of both the packaging and the product itself. It’s a tricky one to describe, but I’d say it’s like a jelly balm without the greasy feel. It goes on beautifully with great slip and it’s textural enough to encourage massage – it truly feels pampering as you work it across the face, plus it smells like jasmine which is always a winner. The big thing for me is how my skin looks after removal with the included muslin cloth – worth noting that the cloth is also very good quality, which is often not the case with tag on muslin cloths – my skin looks radiant, plump and extremely clarified; I genuinely didn’t think so much effect was possible from a cleanser alone, but this is really quite something, which is why I mentioned Chidem in my Brands to Watch list here, as if they can formulate cleansers that do such great things, I expect big things from them. I was also sent a sample of their Vitamin Cream Cleanser which is a lovely, calming cream that I’d say is best suited to more oilier skins who don’t want to use anything foaming or wash-off. This has proven to be a great intro to the Chidem range and I will definitely be keeping my eye on them to see how they develop in 2015. The Moisture Therapy Cleansing Beauty Balm is £38 here – link.