ESPA have very quickly become one of my go-to brands, as literally every product I’ve tried from them has been a total joy to use; their bath range is exceptional (everyone needs at least one ESPA bath oil in their lives) so, if I’m to be completely honest, I didn’t have hugely high hopes for their skincare range as they are, first and foremost, a spa range, and as someone who has extremely tricky skin, I figured their skincare range would probably cause me problems.
Obviously I was wrong! I have two of their skincare products, neither of which are designed specifically for spot-prone skin, yet neither of which have broken me out or caused me any issues at all, which I think speaks volumes about how well their formulated. The ESPA Optimal Skin ProCleanser is a 3in1 product that can be used daily, although I prefer to use it around 2-3 times a week as a treat for both my skin and my senses. It’s designed to be a cleanser, exfoliator and mask, but I find I use it most as the last two, which some of you might find surprising as I’m not a big fan of manual exfoliators. However, the ESPA Optimal Skin ProCleanser contains jojoba spheres which are completely circular, so there will be no micro-tears on the skin. The beads are held in a rich, thick, fragrant balm that feels gorgeous moving across the skin; it’s very much a product that will encourage you to massage – my favourite bath time skincare ritual involves using this, working it across the face, then leaving it for ten minutes, before finishing with the Essential Cleansing Mask (check out my full review here) for a deeper cleanse. The thing about ESPA is that they’ve nailed their formulations without compromising on the spa-like experience, so the products feel great to use and smell beautiful, without the overuse of fragrance – everything feels like it’s going to do only good things for the skin. The ESPA Optimal Skin ProCleanser is £31 here – link.