Versatility adds value

PUBLISHED : Monday, 19 October, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 19 October, 2009, 12:00am

There is nothing we love more than products that work harder for us, particularly during a recession. Some of our favourite overachievers this season take on the roles of several skincare products and are perfect for those who don't have the patience to work their way through serums, emulsions, toners and creams before finally going to bed.

High on our list of handy skincare products is the Eve Lom cleanser (HK$850/100ml), named 'best cleanser available' by Vogue. 'This cleanser is like the little black dress in your closet,' says Ludivine Blin, global brand director for Eve Lom. 'It's a must-have.'

According to Katherine Anthony, public relations director at the Mandarin Oriental, the cleanser is 'the hardest-working product at The Mandarin Spa'. It also functions as an eye make-up remover, exfoliant, toner and moisturiser. 'It's a five-in-one product that rebalances the skin, getting rid of redness, blotchiness and breakouts,' Blin says.

The cleanser contains Egyptian chamomile for its calming properties, while hops tone the skin and clove and eucalyptus oil help with decongestion. The product comes with a 100 per cent cotton woven muslin cloth. When used to remove the cleanser, the motion improves skin circulation while the cloth helps to cleanse and exfoliate the skin.

Another multipurpose cleanser that has won us over is the No1 Purity Cleansing Balm by Ren (HK$425/150ml), available at Joyce Beauty. The product is first warmed between the hands and massaged over the face and neck to remove all traces of make-up, then water is added, forming a rich milk that cleanses and tones the skin. One of the most notable things about the cleanser, however, is its gorgeous scent. The balm contains pink violet leaf, Roman chamomile oil and rosa centifolia flower extract for a luxurious bouquet of smells, making each cleansing ritual seem like a small spa experience.