On the majority of occasions I follow this rule and proceed with my usual night-time routine featuring a cleansing balm. On the rare instances that I don't, I reach for a cleansing water. Quick, convenient and effortless to use, cleansing waters make for a good compromise and whilst they may not offer as thorough a cleanse as an oil or balm, they're a better alternative to wipes. It's a tip that I've shared amongst my friends and even those who are the laziest in their approach to skincare have ditched the cleansing wipes in favour of waters. I've tried a number of versions, specifically from French skincare brands (French women have sworn by cleansing waters for years) such as Lierac, Avene, Caudalie and the cult Bioderma (click on the names for reviews) but today's review is of one of my favourites, This Works Clean Skin 5-in-1 Water.
Although the packaging looks sleek, I found it to be unnecessarily bulky- certainly not suitable for travel- and whilst I normally appreciate the functionality of a pump dispenser, this squirts out in an unexpected way meaning that I kept wasting product. What's more, although the white packaging adds to the clean & pure message, it's annoying that it's not transparent so I wasn't able to tell when I was running low. However, it's what's on the inside that counts and the cleansing water itself is fantastic.
As tends to be the case with cleansing waters, This Works Clean Skin 5-in-1 Water feels fresh on the skin. It has a rosewater base which provides a pleasant, delicate scent that's not overwhelming. What's more, rose is known for being soothing, making it the ideal ingredient to look out for if you suffer from sensitivity or rosacea. Rose also helps skin to retain moisture and has a rejuvenating effect so it's beneficial to those with mature skin too.
According to the This Works website, along with rosewater, Clean Skin 5-in-1 Water contains fruit-packed botanical waters to help shed skin cells and boost elasticity. It has a pH balancing formula with olive and almond oils to cleanse and wild water mint to cool & tone.
I was impressed at how effectively it worked to remove makeup and although I needed to use a couple of saturated cotton pads to remove a full face of makeup, it seemed easier than I recall with others. In particular, I was impressed at how effortlessly it worked to remove eye makeup, including a heavy smokey eye (although I haven't tried it on waterproof formulas). When trying cleansing waters, I'm often disappointed to find that I still need to reach for a separate eye makeup remover so it really was a pleasant surprise when this wasn't the case for This Works Clean Skin 5-in-1 Water.