Foaming face washes were never something I incorporated into my skincare routine until recently; it can be hard to find the right one when so many of them contain SLS and strip your skin of all its moisture. So when I came across the Merumaya Luxury Facial Wash, designed for blemish prone skin but yet so gentle that it is also suitable for dry and mature skins, I was very intrigued.
The Merumaya Luxury Facial Wash contains Pomegranate Enzymes for gentle exfoliation, A.C.Net to address redness and inflammation and Mangosteen Fruit Extract for anti-oxidant protection. It contains something Merumaya call Happy Skin, made up of Rhodiola Rosea which induces beta-endorphins. This is meant to have a "feel good" effect, to alleviate the glumness that having spots can cause. It comes packaged in a 100ml squeezy tube at a cost of £15.50 and can be used with Merumaya's Manual Cleansing Brush costing £13.50, for a truly thorough cleanse.
The formula of the Luxury Facial Wash is a thick, honey coloured gel, with a soft, sweet scent. It lathers up into a thick, rich foam and so only a small, pea sized amount is needed. I use this as my second nighttime cleanse (which Merumaya recommend) and often as my morning cleanse, as this formula really isn't designed to remove makeup. In the evening I use it conjunction with the Manual Cleansing Brush; the bristles are extremely soft and when wet, they are super effective at working the foam into the skin, whilst providing subtle exfoliation. It's also extremely lightweight and I like that the brush isn't too large, because I can easily work it right up to the hairline, around my nose and into my brows (which annoyingly I do get spots in from time to time!). The Luxury Facial Wash is definitely mild and gentle, softening the skin and leaving it clean and fresh - but not dry and tight once removed.
While I don't think the Luxury Facial Wash makes a noticeable difference to already existing spots, since using this regularly I've seen a small improvement in blackheads and those small under the skin spots that never really go red but still contain that horrible gunk. I personally think that a key part of this is the Manual Cleansing Brush - I really focus on how and where I'm cleansing when I use it, making the whole process more thorough.
Have you tried either of these products before? Which Merumaya product is your favourite?
Beauty Bird xx
P.S. This post contains PR samples. This does not affect my opinion of the products.