“ Brand: Good Things / Type: Cleanser / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Cleanses, blemish control „
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I recently reviewed another Good Things product, their Miracle Mattifier Moisturisr, and thought I'd review the cleanser as I bought it at the same time. Having been able to give positive recommendation for the former I'm glad to say I can give a similarly glowing view for the latter.
This comes in a 200ml plastic blue bottle with lift up lid and a black/purple/pink design on the front. On the front we're told that this superfruit extracts of fig and wild strawberry, as well as it being free from parabens, animal ingredients, mineral oils and sodium laureth sulphate, so it's good to know it contains nothing nasty. This also means it's suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
The Good Things range is available in chemists like Boots and Superdrug, though I don't think it's all that well-known as of yet. I came across it in Boots and found it on a very good offer - two products for £6, which is a bargain as most cost about that much just for the one! The products were developed by the 'award-winning beauty writer Alice Hart-Davis using her years of expertise in the beauty industry'. What sets the brand apart is supposed to be that it aims to 'make the most of young skin' through superfruit 'beauty boosters', containing only 'good things' (hence the name) and nothing nasty.
The Deep Pore Anti Blemish Cleanser is designed for oil / breakout prone skin, claiming to help unclog pores and remove excess sebum that can lead to spots and blackheads. At the same time, however, it is supposed to be fairly gentle, cleansing without harshly removing natural oils and softening skin with 'hydrating fig' extracts. It's also suitable for removing make up, which is a bonus if you want to save some time and money on a separate make up removing routine. I don't tend to buy in to the claims on a lot of products whereby they use a lot of jargon and unusual sounding ingredients to promise clear skin. This cleanser, however, seems fairly straight forward and simply claims to have 'good things' in it and the ability to give skin a deep clean.
This is very straightforward to use by simply popping the top up and putting a small amount of the liquid on to a cotton wool pad. Smooth this over your face and concentrate especially on problem areas like the T-Zone and chin. There's no need to wash afterwards, simply wipe it over your face and leave to dry. I tend to cleanse in upwards movements and then circular movements around the T-Zone for best results. It's a very quick and mess-free process so I was really pleased by the fact that this wasn't a 'wash your face with this' cleanser. The cotton comes away a bit dirty so you get the strangely happy feeling afterwards that you're getting rid of nastiiness and leaving your face clean and clear! After use I find my skin feels refreshed and uplifted, though I find (as will most cleansers) my skin feels a little tight afterwards to I tend to moisturise a little later. This has quite a sweet, fruity scent to it also, making it pleasant to use so you feel like you've spent a minute or two pampering yourself and doing something good for your skin.
The liquid doesn't slosh out so only small amounts come out when you tip the bottle to put some on to a cotton wool pad. I find this to be a bonus because you really don't need that much and it means it lasts a fair bit longer too, making it fairly good value for money in that sense.
Being a 20 something (I won't be too specific there!) I find it irritating that my skin can still be so prone to spots, and some pesky blackheads that never leave. Very few people are fortunate enough to have clear skin which is why the beauty industry is so lucrative, because we're always looking for a miracle product. As long as you don't expect that from Good Things then this is a very good cleanser. It's quick and easy to use, smells good, leaves your skin feeling good and over time, does seem to make a noticeable improvement. Again, I wasn't expecting huge results but I do think my skin looks fresher, less oil-prone, and I haven't had the same odd break outs here and there yet. I wouldn't say this gets rid of spots and blackheads but it definitely helps to clean out skin (ie. It may be good used in conjunction with a targeted spot treatment cream), leaving it with a fresh look and feel.
At around the £5 mark this is quite average for a branded cleanser, though I tend to pay around £3 for products on offer because I don't find any to be worth spending more on! However, I bought this when on offer and I was really pleased with how nice it was to use and the benefits to my skin. I would definitely recommend giving this a go, especially if you have oil-prone / breakout-prone skin. Even if you don't, it's a lovely cleanser to add to your routine.
200ml retails for around £4.99 (Boots)