“ Brand: Dr. Nick Lowe / Type: Cleansing Foam / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Cleanses, Hydrates, „
Another birthday present. I am at that age when it suddenly hits me I am not getting any younger, and maybe I should have taken better care of my skin in the past. I cleanse, tone and moisturise once a day. So I thought that my skin should be pretty clean and pores clog free. Oh how wrong I was. I rinsed my face first in warm water. Then all I needed was one squirt of the foaming cleanser. I massaged it in with my fingertips. I also did all around the neck area as suggested. Once I did this I rinsed off with water. I can honestly say my skin has never felt so clean and smooth. It also actually felt fresh. This was bought from boots and it cost £10.20 for 150 ml. The packaging is a simple, sleek design. It is white with black writing. Dr Nick Lowe has pretty impressive credentials also where it comes to skincare. He specialises in Dermatology. Which makes me feel more comfortable as I do suffer from sensitive skin. I find this product totally worth the money.
This range was brought out by a dermatologist -Dr Nick Lowe. At first, this didn't sway me either way as I'm thinking almost every skincare product has had a dermatologist involved in its formulation. But upon further research, I stumbled upon his website and he seems to have more qualifications and honorary positions than I've had hot dinners (http://www.drnicklowe.com/article/background). So not surprisingly when I seen this cleanser in the Boots reduced section I thought I'd give it a shot. I bought mine last summer for £3.33, but it normally retails at around £10 I believe; you get 150ml of product (currently it's on offer on their website). This is the first, and as of yet only product I've tried from the Dr Nick Lowe line- so I can't paint an overall picture of them really. The packaging: A white cylindrical bottle with a sleek black font, this product has an heir of sophistication. It gives the overall impression that this cleanser is medicinal, which ties in with the fact that they've used a dermatologist as the face of the brand. There's a translucent lid separated from the white body, I really admire this simple yet striking overall look they've gone for; sometimes cosmetics designers go a bit crazy with the colours hoping to attract consumers like bees to a blossom, but Dr Nick Lowe's design goes back to basics- reminding us that it's the product inside that counts. I'm very fond of the applicator on this one, it's a nice easy to control pump; the liquid inside is transformed into a nice velvety foam, that feels great on your skin. I would comment on the box, but mine didn't come in the box as it was on the reduced aisle. There's an image of the box though, so I'm sure I don't need to ramble on about that as well haha. The claims & my own experiences: It's a 'hydrating foaming cleanser' with an anti-ageing complex (and there aren't many products that make those claims ;)!). However I looked upon it as an age prevention product as it's 'packed with antioxidants'. What specifically attracted me to this product is it contains ferulic acid, which reminded me of the "skin ceuticals C E ferulic" product I'd heard about, hailed as a skincare essential by many (It costs over 100 pounds, perhaps if I didn't exist for two months I could include it into my budget). There's no way for me to evaluate the efficacy of this product's antioxidants in preventing free radical damage to my skin, so all I can say is I personally believe they're helpful. Upon application this product promises to reveal a 'brighter', 'more refined' complexion. I don't really notice either, I'm sorry. It works like a bare minimum cleanser on my complexion- perhaps it's because I already do so much for my skin that I can't receive any visual benefit from this product- I don't know. It does the job of cleansing, but I don't really find it does much else. It uses 'enzyme' exfoliators, maybe they're too gentle; I have to say- I don't really notice any level of exfoliation after using this product. You massage it onto your skin with lukewarm water day and night; you're told to use circular motions (which I do with every foaming cleanser anyway). I don't actually want to be so critical of this product, I want to be able to say positive things because on paper it sounds amazing, but I can only be honest I'm afraid. It's not a bad product per say, I just find that I need something more thorough for my skin. It does say it has a 'gentle action', which is definitely true. Perhaps this is designed for older skin and that's why it's so gentle. One claim it does definitely follow through on is that it feels hydrating, my skin definitely feels hydrated after using this, and it feels like it doesn't even need a moisturiser. The scent on this product is hideous, it's reminiscent of oven cleaner. Not the most pleasant of memories when you're putting something onto your skin! To summarise: I think it was worth the £3.33 I paid based on the antioxidant content alone (I'm a very "pro-antioxidant" person). It's always good to use some sort of antioxidant treatment in the summer alongside your sun protection I think, that's one of the few positive things about this product. Despite this I would never pay the regular retail price for this cleanser. I like foaming cleansers and I like the concept of this product, it just doesn't do everything it says for me. They do have a cleanser that's more geared towards my age range, perhaps I will try that one day. This is a super gentle cleanser, so if you purchase this- expect as much. You might benefit from this if your skin is sensitive, or you want something that's going to be extremely gentle.