Creams, oils, unguents – our guest columnist has tried them all, but this is the one product she recommends to friends the most – by Nigella Lawson
When I was 24, I was told by the great Eve Lom that if I wanted to keep my skin good for ever, I absolutely had to wash my face nightly with her thick cleanser-in-a-tub, using a muslin cloth. This, she told me, would be all the exfoliation the skin needed, and the brisk nightly polish would get rid of old, dead skin cells and keep my complexion bright, even as I got older.
- This has since been superseded for me by Temple Spa In The Beginning Deep Cleansing Melt or, when I’m travelling — as it’s lighter and fits better in a make-up bag or the liquids bag at the airport — Lixirskin Electrogel Cleanser, both used with Balm Balm’s organic muslin cloths, which have just the right amount of scritchiness.
- I am a lazy person, and even though I can happily go to bed with washing-up left in the sink, I just cannot, cannot go to bed without first scrubbing my face. I’d sooner go to bed without brushing my teeth. Disgusting, I know.
- I get all these products from Victoria Health, and this week’s column — sadly, my last — is in part a love letter to this website. I am not, for the greater part, a newslettery person — “unsubscribe” is one of my favourite words — but when I get the Victoria Health newsletter in my inbox, I save it up as a reward to read when I’ve got a quiet moment and can relish it properly. But it is a particular product of theirs I need to tell you about. Up till about a year ago, nothing had ever had the impact on my skin of that nightly, nourishing wash. And, believe me, I’ve tried numberless creams, oils and unguents over the years. I’m glad I didn’t give up, because I then tried GOW Pure Prickly Pear Seed Oil (£20), and it has become as essential to me as washing my face.