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Beauty School Dropout: Murad exfoliating cleanser

BSD is diving right in: Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser is about efficacy, sure, but it’s also about convenience. The convenience of a cleanser and exfoliator rolled into one. Yes, balmy cleanser followed by chemical-y masks have their place. But if you are in a ‘bish, bash, bosh’ mood then it’s time to pare a number of products down in order to just get the damn job done. And, if you’re getting any sort of holiday – be that camping or proper sun-bedding – then you don’t want to be weighed down.

This generous tube gives you the benefits of a gentle, hydrating cleanse as well as a physical (tiny, satisfyingly scrubby beads of jojoba) one – so it’s a bit of a multi-tasker. It deals with make-up (I’d probably use something else on my eyes if I were being cautious, but this still works) and also gets rid of dead, cloggy skin cells that make us look dull and dry. Exfoliating is a virtuous thing because it clears hydration pathways so that all the lovely unguents (that we spend our money and our hope on) penetrate properly.

It’s also crucial if you are currently – like BSD herself – messing around with fake tan. You need a nicely smooth, hydrated canvas for the tan products to work their magic. Try Amanda Harrington (the brushes allow you to contour which makes you bizarrely prettier or Oskia Adaptive Tan Mist which you just spritz on – it’s impossible to bugger up and develops in about three hours.

Since BSD had discovered the Murad Exfoliating Cleanser (combined with a properly sensational new moisturiser called Spectacle – more of which in another newsletter), she has looked… well… better. More herself. Less covid-faced and desiccated. It’s good stuff.

Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser, 200ml, £38

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