Now we can get a bit more positive with an all-round thumbs up for the rest of the products. The Age Prepare Skin Clear Cleanser is a gel cleanser - which I love to use on a morning - and it's soap-free and designed to balance out oily and dry areas. Now, I don't have any oily areas and this is still very gentle on my dry skin. It's nothing outstanding but I don't need my morning cleanse to perform any miracles, all I need is something that gently cleanses my skin and it does the job perfectly well.
I'm definitely more of a fan of chemical exfoliation these days but I'm certainly not averse to a bit of physical exfoliation now and again. Sometimes you just want to feel the scrub, y'know? The Age Prepare Skin Refining Exfoliator is made up of Loofah which does the scrubbing (I had no idea Loofah was an actual plant, I thought it was just the name of the thing that scrubs your back. Just me?), Bentonite Beads (this is clay - still learning) to remove dead skin cells and clear pores and Margosa Leaf Extract which is antibacterial and helps prevent blemishes. The grainy bits are held in a cream and thankfully it's not at all harsh, instead it just leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth. I've been using this a couple of times a week which is just enough and it's been making a nice change from my usual chemical exfoliators. Sometimes it's good to go a bit old school.
Finally is the Age Prepare Skin Purifying Masque which is your usual clay mask that doesn't leave my skin crying out for the moisturiser too much. I don't like it quite as much as my favourite clay mask from Una Brennan which works really well on my dry skin but I like it leaps ahead of blogger's favourite mask from Origins which is far, far too strong for my skin. It's a good 'does what it says on the tin' clay mask.
With these four products you've got the basic foundations for a good, solid skincare routine. I wouldn't say any of them are particularly groundbreaking but they don't claim to be - they do their job and they do it well but it's at a cost as they don't come in cheap. The cleanser comes in at £22 for 200ml and the exfoliator the most expensive at £28 for 75ml - not exactly affordable on the old pursestrings - although the Discovery Collection* set I have costs £28 for four 30mls which might be the slightly more logical option for a first try.