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I received a tube of Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Purifying Cream Cleanser a while ago as part of a gift set. I don't think it's a product I would have chosen to purchase myself as I've found two really good cleansers - L'Oreal Re-Nourish and No.7 Soft and Soothed - which really suit my skin and don't cost the earth.
The cleanser is from the Elizabeth Arden Ceramide range. I didn't realise that this was a range of anti-ageing products until I did an internet search looking for a price to add to this review. Apparently this has been developed with 'Advanced Anti-Ageing technology' whatever that is. I'm 25 and although I realise a lot of this is probably down to paranoia, I'm convinced that since my 25th birthday I have aged severely, so I have been using the odd anti-ageing product to try and stave off the fine lines that have been appearing around my eyes - and on my forehead.
The cleanser comes in a pale pink tube. It's a fairly plain looking tube, and has a simple gold band around the lid. This alone seems to give it a more luxurious look and despite being relatively simple in design there is something about it that seems to hint that it's a little more expensive than your average product. One gripe I do have is that it has a screw top lid, and I think a flip top one would have been preferable as it's quicker and easier to use.
The instructions for use on this cleanser are simply 'massage onto skin. Rinse or tissue off'. Personally I always rinse it off as I always think my skin feels cleaner if it's been in contact with water, whether this is actually the case or not!
The cleanser is a pale pink colour and a fairly nice consistency, being neither thick nor watery. It smoothes onto the skin very easily and you don't need to use a huge amount at once, which means that you can make a tube last for quite some time.
The main negative side about the cleanser for me is the smell. To put it simply, it's awful!! I have no idea what the scent is, but it's quite chemical with very sweet undertones that make it smell very sickly. In fact, when I think of the cleanser the first thing that comes to mind is the sickly smell and that alone is reason enough for me to not buy another tube when that runs out.
I do find that the cleanser gets my skin clean. It will shift most make-up but if I'm wearing waterproof mascara I have to use a separate eye make-up remover as this cleanser doesn't remove it, just simply smudges it over my face - a very attractive look!!
After using this my skin feels clean and it does leave my skin soft. This product is formulated for all skin types, and I have dry skin and am pleased to report that it didn't dry it out further, and in fact left it feeling quite hydrated. Another thing I have noticed (and I'm almost frightened to say this in case I jinx myself!) is that since I have began using this I have not had one spot. I don't really get spots very much but during the time I was using my last cleanser (Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish) I seemed to be getting them quite a bit, and since switching to this product I've not had any. Possibly it's just a coincidence, but you never know, there's a chance that this could be helping.
As for the anti-ageing properties, I have to admit I have not seen a huge difference, but then I would expect that you would only see results in that area over a long term.
A 125ml tube of this product costs a ridiculous £22 from Boots. For a product that would need to be used twice daily, I think that's way too expensive.
If I was paying £22 for a skincare product I would expect it to be the best quality possible and do everything I expect of a cleanser, and unfortunately this one didn't. Although my skin was left smooth and soft, and it wasn't drying, it didn't remove eye make-up and it didn't smell very nice either. Considering the L'Oreal Re-Nourish cleanser I use costs just £3.50 and does everything I could ask, it's quite disappointing that a product which cost over six times that price had major flaws, therefore I wouldn't recommend it, and it's unlikely I will be using it again.
This popular, moisture-enriched cleansing lotion is uniquely effective and wonderfully creamy / Sure to become a favorite part of your daily skin care ritual, it leaves your skin feeling clean and soft / How it works:Within Ceramide Skin Care, you'll find uniquely different Ceramides to help the skin perform more efficiently in repairing its appearance / Key Ingredient Ceramide 3 acts as a moisture magnet that soothes and calms the skin / How to use:Gently massage over your face and throat making sure to avoid your eye area / Tissue or rinse off / You can use moring and/or night / Fragrance-free / Clinically, dermatologist- and allergy-tested /