“ Brand: Dr. Nick Lowe / Type: Cleansing Foam / What it does: Cleanses, Purifies, „
After hearing about Dr Nick Lowe in countless beauty magazines, i was really excited to try it out. I have combination skin, with spots in the same places (chin and forehead), that nothing so far has managed to keep at bay. So i have an oily tzone and dry cheeks.
The purifying cleanser is part of Dr Nick Lowe's anti-blemish range. He is a world renowed dermatologist and believes that this product will brighten and tighten the skin, while giving it a deep clean preventing blemishes.
The active ingredients in this product are; Salicylic Acid, Willow Bark and Arnica known for their cutting edge anti-bacterial efficacy, Niacinamide to help target skin that is prone to spots and blemishes and Vitamins A, C and E which claim to 'maximise the skins absorption'. I loved the fact that this product contained a chemical exfoliant instead of microbeads which scrub the skin, as i feel that microbeads can be a little bit too harsh on the skin.
The packaging is lovely and simple, a pure white bottle, with a pump head, with one pump being enough to wash your entire face. Black writing on the bottle tells you everything you need to know. It lathers up nicely and has a similar scent to TCP, albeit much more diluted.
The first week of using it, i actually broke out more than usual, that dreaded "purging" phase. Which cleared up to my normal breakout. On the blemish front i felt like it kept my skin stable, but it didn't make a dramatic difference. However i found it was really drying on my already dry areas.
Overall it wasn't a great product, but it was okay. But at just under £10 for an okay product, i think i'd rather find a £3.99 highstreet okay product.
Dr Nick Lowe products are formulated by a world renowned dermatologist, and so, I expected this cleanser to work brilliantly.
Unfortunately, I don't quite think I could claim that, but it certainly was satisfactory. It claims to refresh and brighten the skin by deep cleaning pores and gently exfoliating- after using it, my skin definitely did feel like it had had quite a deep clean but I'm not so sure about the bit about it being brighter.
The product comes out as a foam when you pump the top of the bottle, I liked this as it made it easier to rub into my skin without pressing hard to make it lather. This perhaps meant that my skin was a little less irritated after I used it.
However, it did dry out my skin a bit too, which was always a risk really having combination skin. However, the drying effect certainly wasn't enough to make me want to stop using it.
Overall, I would recommend it, but be careful if you have dry skin at all!
I have been using a lot of Dr. Nick Lowes skincare lately, and my most recent purchase has been his "Purifying Foaming Cleanser". It is part of the 'Anti Blemish' range is available from Boots - both online and in store.
Dr. Nick Lowe is an internationally established dermatoligist with over 30 years of experience. He uses cutting edge technology and strongly believe that youthful, healthy skin lies in a simple yet regular skin care regime. He boasts of his 'Cranley Complex' - a 'combination of naturally derived oil-controlling active ingredients and calming agents which target bacteria and regulate over sebum (oil) production'. It all sounds very promising and I have been happy with the results of his other products so I was willing to shell out the case for this one too.
This cleanser promises a deep cleansing action which replenishes and brightens the skin. It is an anti bacterial face wash enriched with his 'Cranley Complex' to deep clean pores and lift daily impurities. It uses gentle exfoliators (chemical, not physical. There are no micro beads or anything in this.) to slough away dead skin cells.
Active ingredients are: Salicylic Acid, Willow Bark and Arnica known for their cutting edge anti-bacterial efficacy, Niacinamide to help target skin that is prone to spots and blemishes and Vitamins A, C and E to 'maximise the skins absorption'.
It claims to leave skin deeply cleansed, refreshed and brighter and is dermatologically tested.
This cleanser is packaged in a simple white bottle with a pump on the top. It has a clear lid to keep it clean and hygenic and is easy to use - one full pump releases just the right amount of foam for each wash. Any infomation and directions needed are also printed on the bottle so you don't need to keep the outer packaging. It has a shelf life of 12months and retails for £9.74 per 150ml.
The "Purifying Foaming Cleanser" has a slight 'medicated' scent, but nothing overpowering at all so I have no complaints there. It has a light, foamy texture that is unlike most of my other cleansers. Lighter and less dense than say, a shaving foam, it spreads easily over the face and doesn't feel sticky or anything. I use every morning and night after splashing my face with warm water. At night I remove all makeup using a cleansing balm prior to washing with this. I press into my skin using firm, circular motions all over or pump a little onto my cleansing brush and work it into the skin that way. As there are no physical exfoliators in this it doesn't really feel like it is doing much but once dried the skin feels soft and smooth. I follow with my regular moisturisers.
I havn't experienced any sensitivity to this product, however it did make me break out a little, but this was somewhat expected by me as I had to take a short course on skincare with my Uni course and discovered that some stronger, more medicated cleansers such as this will penetrate the pores and force any existing dirt / underlaying pimples to the surface quickly - causing your skin to 'purge' before clearing. It makes sense really... I had blocked pores to begin with and this product brought them all to the surface at the same time. Either way, it's not a problem as they went away in a few days leaving behind clear, uncongested skin :-)
Since this initial breakout my skin has cleared up a lot! I find that my breakouts are a lot more sporadic now and my skin looks and feels a lot nicer all over.
It has really smoothed, exfoliated and tightened my skin leaving it cleaner and more brighter. Teamed with my Dr. Nick Lowe spot gel this product has worked really well on my skin. I still use a physical, grainy exfoliator once or twice a week to really renew the skin, but this definately does it's job.
Overall it is easy to use, relatively cheap (I will update with how long one bottle lasts, used twice daily) with great effects. I recommend it to anyone with slightly problem skin! Although I have found it can be ever so slightly drying (probably due to the Salicylic Acid) so be sure to moisturise lots too.
I have naturally oily skin, particularly in the T-zone, and find that many products which claim to clarify the skin have little or no effect on my skin. I also tend to be a bit of a skinflint when it comes to the purchase of toiletries and the thought of paying almost £10 for a product that I've never tried is most abhorrent unless it has come through recommendation. Sometimes, however, I am sent various products to try and these can often open up a world that would otherwise remain hidden to me. One such product was Dr Lowe's Purifying Foaming Cleanser.
Stocked by, amongst others, Boots, Dr Lowe's rang of toiletries is one that I would immediately walk past. Their clinical packaging and high price tags just turn me right off. Not even the claims that Dr Lowe is the UK's leading dermatologist would be enough to make me part with my pennies. More fool me then, as this is really a rather special product.
The cleanser is designed as a daily face wash, to be used morning and night. It's designed as a deep face wash to lift impurities and, rather oddly, claims to have a gentle exfoliating action to "slough away dead skin cells". Now this had me wondering - a foam that can exfoliate? Read on.
The product dispenses from a regular foam pump dispenser and one squirt of the dispenser will get you about a 50p sized blob of white foam. For my face I tend to use 2 such blobs and that's enough product for my face and neck (although I take care to stop before my collarbone).
The first thing that you'll probably notice is how light to foam feels. It's far lighter in weight and consistency than a shaving foam or, indeed, any other foam wash I've come across. The closest thing I can relate it to is a handful of washing up liquid bubbles. You'll still be wondering how this can exfoliate.
The next thing that will strike you is the scent. This is not a pretty product. The clinical looking packaging carries over to the foam which has a clean, yet distinctly clinical scent. It's not clinical in the sense of being chemical, rather it is a clean smell that's neither floral nor fruity. If you've ever used "Witch" products then the smell is not dissimilar to that although there's perhaps more of a cucumber smell to this product as well as the witch hazel scent.
Applying the foam to a dampened face with your fingertips you'll not feel any abrasive or exfoliating sensation. In fact, the foam seams to wash over your face in a similar manner to soap without doing much to the skin at all. I tend to rinse the product off with a flannel although any cloth would do. The product rinses well and it is at this point that you'll realise that you've had more than just an inert foam on your face.
Patting my face dry my skin feel refreshed and slightly taut. Feeling my skin with my finger tips my skin feels markedly softer and incredibly smooth. Blemishes on my skin seem reduced and my skin has a glow about it from first use. If I were to liken the sensation to something else I'd say it felt as though my face had just emerged from a good swimming session with my skin feeling taut yet in a relaxed rather than aggravated way.
I do find that I have to use a good moisturiser when using this product as my cheeks are not as oily as the rest of my face and I find that they dry rather. I also find that, without a moisturiser, after about an hour or so my nose will look a bit shiny, not as a result of oil, but as a result of the taut skin.
There's a bit of me that worries slightly how this product works. With no visible or palpable exfoliators I can only assume that the exfoliating action is down to something in the product, perhaps the mystery "Cranley complex" that's unique to the product line. Each product range from Dr Lowe utilises a different Cranley complex, a blend of ingredients designed to tackle various skin problems. For the anti-blemish range the complex includes Salicylic Acid, Willow Bark and Arnica, all known for their antibacterial and oil reducing qualities. Maybe, therefore, it is an acidic action that I'm feeling - whatever, it works.
My skin has been markedly improved and is less prone to blemishes since using this twice daily over the last month or so. I'm not religious in my use and there'll be some days when I give my skin a break, either through choice or because little one won't give me 5 minutes in the morning. Even so, the benefits are clear.
I'd thoroughly recommend this product for keeping control of oily skin but I'd give a warning that, if your skin is not particularly oily then you might find this product too drying.
An anti-bacterial foaming face wash that deep cleans pores and lift daily impurities /