OK...time for confession...I do not have a skincare regime. Well actually that's not true, my regime is a quick wash in the shower with whatever face wash happens to be on special offer, followed by a liberal smear of any moisturiser nearby...hand, face, leg - they all do the same, right?!
I could blame it on lack of knowledge but honestly, I just can't be arsed with the 6 step cleanse, steam, polish, tone, serum, moisturise routine we seem to be encourage to do by the big skincare houses. That and the fact that it's bloody expensive!
You can see that I would be a hard sell to even the best skincare specialist and this was put to the test at the recent Southampton Blogger meet up, where a number of skincare brands were in attendance (honestly the only one I had heard of before was Lush! and I started my chat with them with the words "your shop gives me a headache") giving us helpful tips and skin reviews before sending us on our way with lovely gift bags.
My skincare fatigue was soon squashed when I sat with Lekha, of the brand Merumaya. She immediately understood my apathy and rather than making me feel like I was doing my skin a huge disservice, she carefully took me through the ethos of Merumaya's Founder, Maleka Dattu and the complete range of skincare products. The enthusiasm Lekha has for the brand and the experience Maleka brought with her when developing the products, made me sit up and pay attention to everything Lekha showed me.
I was given the Cleansing Balm and Iconic Youth Serum to take away and try out. Two weeks later I am still using the Cleansing Balm as my daily cleanser. Yes, you can use it like a traditional hot cloth cleanser...or you can use it like I do, in the shower, in a matter of minutes. It easily removes all make up (including mascara) and leaves my skin feeling as if it has a layer of goodness still to soak in. My redness around my nose and cheeks has noticably reduced and I haven't had my usual hormonal breakouts. The Cleansing Balm retails at £14.50 for 100ml, more expensive than the supermarket cleansers, but very reasonable when compared against the elite brands.
I was also given the Iconic Youth Serum to try (£34.50 for 30ml), along with the Exfoliating Peel (£19.50 for 50ml). Just like the cleanser you get incredible feeling skin after using the smallest amount of the serum. It soaks into your skin beautifully and doesn't leave any trace of greasiness or product behind.
I'm going to use the peel as a treat this weekend, but I'm sure I will be just as impressed with this as I have been with the rest of the range.
All Merumaya products can be ordered directly from their website, they are also stocked in John Lewis stores and can be delivered as part of their "Click & Collect" scheme, to multiple Waitrose stores for your convenience.
If like me you don't have the time, money or confidence to invest in a skincare brand I would encourage you to try the Cleansing Balm as a stand alone product first. I'm already earmarking the other products in the range for my Christmas list!
I was given a full sized Melting Cleansing Balm free of charge along with sample sizes of the Iconic Youth Serum and Skin Brightening Exfoliating Peel, however all thoughts and opinions are my own and are un-influenced.