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This is a cleanser that requires rinsing with water. So, if you don't like using water on your face or find that cleansing with water dries your skin out a little then don't buy it because you won't like and there are many other cleansers out there that will suit your likes and skin concerns more effectively. Therefore don't be tempted by the anti-aging tag line because if you don't enjoy using it there's no point and you can effectively treat your skin in other ways with other products.
*Who is this for ? *
I have combination skin which is prone to break outs and this suits me just fine. I have to admit that I have creaking bathroom shelves from all my products so I'm not that faithful to any one brand or product 24/7 and prefer to use what my skin needs at that moment in time. However, if you're on a budget and you love your exfoliating products you could slot this into your usual skincare routine as a 2-in-1 cleanser/exfoliator. ( However see *How to use* for full details. )
Overall, the aim of this cleanser is to deep clean whilst encouraging cell renewal through the use of certain AHAs which are most effective for those who have issues with the signs of aging on their skin, especially effective for the likes of pigmentation issues which seems to respond well to AHAs. That said, those who have combi/oily skins will also love it for its pore clearing ingredients. However, I wouldn't recommend this on teenage skins though as it's quite powerful and I would recommend something more gentle in tackling teenage skin issues. Very dry/sensitive skins I would also take off the suitable list too as it may be too drying on your skin.
Also, because of the use of AHAs in this product, unless you're willing to use an SPF cream of at least 25-30 then don't use this. If you're removing dead skin cells and encouraging fresh skin cell production then you need to protect them or you will be making no head-way in your fight to tackle your aging skin issues. You should really be using a high SPF every day regardless but I don't want to nag !!
Also note that this product contains SLS ( i.e Sodium Laureth Sulfate ) so if you find that this ingredient irritates your skin then I'd avoid altogether.
*How to use*
As with any product that contain AHAs they should not be over used, so if you're on a budget, this would technically pass as a cleanser and an exfoliator in one and it also would last you quite a long time if you used on a 'as-needed' basis.
The official instructions recommend that normal/combination/oilier skin types can use as often as needed, whist drier skin types should use a couple of times a week for the first week and then build up to daily use. However, you will know what your skin can handle and I personally wouldn't use this everyday, especially if you are using other anti-aging products with similar ingredients and/or similar results.
Appl to damp hands and lather, then apply to a damp face. Do not use this around the eye area at all and becareful not to get this product in your eyes. Rinse immediately with water if you do.
As with any cleanser you should always tone, especially when water has made contact with your skin as the Ph balance needs to be corrected. Once you've toned then I would apply your normal skin care products in their usual way and order. But remember your SPF cream !! ( *said in a non-nagging way honest* )
*Why this works*
As noted above the AHAs, that help with the dead skin clearance and the cell renewal values of this product, are Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid and other AHAs such as Prunus Persica ( i.e Peach, )Citric Acid etc ( which also acts as a BHA since it can work through oily skin and also acts as an anti-oxidant. ) It also contains Citrus Bioflavanoids ( which acts as an anti-oxidant, ) Allantoin (which is thought to have healing, moisturising, soothing and anti-irritating properties, ) and Tilia Cordata (Linden) Flower Extract ( which is also an enti-oxidant that also helps to soothe and calm the skin. )
In short the ingredients for this product enable the cleanser to exfoliate by clearing away dead skin cells, encourage skin cell renewal, brighten the skin through the use of certain AHAs and protect and soothe the skin during the process. The use of all those AHAs won't agree with all skin types but it's effective on those that can handle the power of them in one product.
Ingredients: Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Coco-Glucoside, Propylene Glycol, Salicylic Acid (Beta Hydroxy Acid), Glycolic Acid/Arginine, Prunus Persica (Peach) Fruit Extract, Quercus Alba (White Oat Bark) Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Cirtus Aurantifolia (Lime) Fruit Extract, Tilia Cordata (Linden) Flower Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Citric Acid, Cirtus Bioflavanoids, Allantoin, Methylparaben, Quatrernium-10, Red #40, Yellow #5, BHA, BHT, Fragrance