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I have recently invested in a few Skin Ceuticals products so that I can get a feel for the brand and the products on offer. I have to say the price tag does put me off because if the product is not for you then you have invested a huge amount in it. However, when these expensive products do work they work brilliantly. I have to say this is one that impressed me more than some of the others.
I like a brand that can back up the products based on science and as all of their products are created using innovative dermatology I instantly trusted what it was offering. I also think the packaging gives a good indication of whether the product is just a gimmick or not. This product comes in a lovely frosted bottle with black plastic pump and clear lid. I like a product that allows you to see inside and gauge how much you have left. as this can be very useful. I also really like the pump, I find it very useful when you have wet slippery hands and there is not fumbling with twisty lids or squirting bottle. The pump works exactly as you would expect it to, smoothly and efficiently. It also dispenses a reasonable amount in one go, I use two pumps but it is nice to have the option of limiting myself to one should I want to. My only issue is not actually being able to reach all of the product once it begins to run out, I like to get my moneys worth and especially with such an expensive product.
The cleanser foam is clear in colour and is best described as a lightweight gel. I say lightweight because it is really halfway between a liquid cleanser and a gel cleanser - not overly runny or overly thick. The smell is fairly pleasant and not particularly overpowering, I wouldn't say it is pleasant but then it isn't unpleasant either. I tend to use this once or twice a week rather than twice a day as directed. I don't find that my skin needs to be cleansed everyday and would probably lead to it feeling dehydrated. If you skin is more oily though you might want to consider using it once a day - twice a day just seems excessive. The cleanser lathers up quickly and creates a nice feel foam which you can rub over your face. I like the fact that it is foamy as it is easy to know when it is working and how long to rub it in for. Other cleansers I have used which don't foam are a little harder to use as it isn't clear how long to keep them on your face for. The foam also washes off very easy with either water, a flannel or a face wipe.
The immediate effect on my skin was good. It felt smoother and had a more consistent texture all over. I do find that you need to moisturise fairly soon after using this product as it leaves your skin feeling dehydrated and a little tight. I like this feeling because it lets me know that the product has worked but for others and those with sensitive skin it might feel a little uncomfortable. Your skin does feel clean and fresh though and it is a great product for warm summer days as it has an immediate cooling effect. I think if you wear heavy makeup it might be a nice thing to do after you've removed it at the end of the day to refresh your face.
So is there anything negative to say? Yes, I think like a lot of the other products by this brand it is slightly overpriced although in this case less so than other. It is priced at £25 for an 150ml bottle, this is considerably more expensive than other cleansers on the market which are also effective. Compared to other products in the brand though this is rather moderately priced! You certainly do get a great deal in terms of quality and this leaves me quite torn. I probably wouldn't use this all year round, but if I wanted to treat myself I would maybe invest in a bottle every now and then.
A very high quality product with an equally high price.
One of my hobbies is entering competitions and most weeks I'll have at least one small win (currently I seem to be very 'lucky' when it comes to winning Spanish subtitled DVDs) - it is all usually small fry prizes for me, but occasionally the postman will bring me something a bit more exciting. Which is exactly what happened at the end of July, when I opened a dull looking jiffy envelope to discover a selection of Skin Ceuticals products - including this Foaming Cleanser.
I have several cleansers 'on the go' at the moment but as this is my weakness I decided to open this new bottle, to see what all the fuss (and very high price!) was about. The Foaming Cleanser comes in a slim cylindrical bottle which has a pump dispenser at the top, the pump seems to have been designed to dispense the correct amount of product each time and this is fab as it means there is zero waste - unlike a certain Clinique product which actually pumps out at least double what you need, which is both costly and wasteful when you consider the prices of these so-called 'premium' cosmetics. The pump is effective with a smooth mechanism; I'm a bit suspicious that it's not going to catch the last bit at the bottom of the bottle, but this is a usual problem with pump action bottles of any sort so I can't particularly hold it against this one. Anyway, I'm only halfway through this bottle so don't know if there's a problem at all yet!
The cleanser isn't as thick as I thought it would be, it has a slightly gel-like consistency but is still very thin. I hope this isn't too confusing, but I'd describe it as having the texture of a lotion even though it has the appearance of water or thin gel. To use it you simply dispense the cleanser into your hand and massage across your skin in a gentle circular motion - you don't need to even bother wetting your face as this cleanser is designed to be used on dry skin. It's that easy, no special equipment needed and the consistency of the cleanser means not only does a little go a long way, but it also feels lovely upon application.
For a 'Foaming Cleanser' it doesn't actually foam much, you will experience a light lather on your skin but I definitely didn't get anything like the level of actual foam I had been expecting. The lather produced is pleasant enough, but for the price tag on this cleanser I must admit I expected something a bit more luxurious! Another thing, for a fragrance-free product it doesn't half pong! The smell is really hard to describe actually, it has a tang that reminds me of tea tree (although it smells nothing like tea tree in itself) and has an overall slightly 'chemical' aroma - it's not particularly nice, but it's not a vile stench either. It doesn't linger on my skin though, which is a good thing in this instance as I'm not too keen on the very synthetic smell.
I vividly recall the first time I used this cleanser, it was immediately after finishing a tube of non-impressive Clinique cleanser and I remember the amazingly clean feeling my skin had after changing to Skin Ceuticals. It felt smooth and spotless, actually I remember a comment I made to (a completely oblivious) Mark where I said that despite this having absolutely no exfoliating properties my skin felt as good as if I'd given it a full on pampering treatment. Of course Mark was delighted to get this information, I could tell from his grunt. It's true though, and every time I use it I have the same feelings.
Here's the problem though. Even though I get such fab results from this cleanser I can't use it as religiously as I'd like to because it leaves my skin feeling very dry. This is quite weird as on the blurb it promises that this cleanser will not cause dry skin (it actually uses those words) and also promises to nourish my skin. Neither of these claims are true for me; I found the cleanser to be extremely drying and experienced no nourishment at all from it, having to slap on a layer of greasy moisturiser after means my skin quickly loses that 'just washed' feeling that the cleanser provides so well - but really I have no option as if I use it regularly (as in every morning and night) my skin gets so dry that it almost feels chalky.
The cleanser rinses off easily in hot, cold or warm water and never leaves a residue - I personally rinse in cold water as it naturally tightens up your skin, but have tried using warmer water to see if this would combat the drying sensation. It doesn't, whichever temperature water I use to rinse I'll still have to apply a creamy moisturiser after cleansing and undo all the clean feelings that the cleanser has provided.
So, for me this isn't an ideal product. It's a shame because as a cleanser it's brilliant and you know something, I'm not sure I can recommend it in all honesty because of this horrible drying I've experienced. I don't usually react to cosmetic products, and it's extremely rare that I'll react in a bad way to one of the more top-end brands, so I think this product is just harsher than it really needs to be. If it's affected me like this I dread to think what would happen if someone with more sensitive skin used it, and if you suffer with dry skin anyway don't even bother picking this one up to look at the bottle! At around £25 for 150ml it's not a cheap mistake to make, I'm not sure if Skin Ceuticals supply testers or samples in Boots but it's worth seeing if you can get hold of a little freebie before splashing out on the full sized product.
Anyone who has been reading my reviews on skincare will know that I suffer from pretty rubbish skin. It is a combination of dry cheeks, greasy T-zone with occassional spot outbreaks all overlayed with sensitive skin and a mild case of rosacea. Obviously I have to be careful what I use on my skin because of this, and I have tried lots of different products in my quest to find the best skincare routine.
This foaming cleanser was recommended to me by a friend who thought that it was brilliant. In fact most of the reviews I have read of this online agree with that sentiment. I'm afraid that I am going to have to disagree though, mainly I think because of my skin's sensitivity.
This cleanser comes in quite a plain bottle that has a black pump action lid, just like in the picture above. I managed to get a 150ml bottle for around £25 online, which I must admit is at the top end of my price range, however I am willing to give anything a go. The bottle itself is translucent and you can see the cleanser inside, which looks a bit like a gel. The pump action top avoids mess when dispensing the product and I was getting a pea-sized amount with one pump of the top, this was enough to cleanse my whole face. I'm not sure how long the product will last because I had to stop using it, but given how little you need I would imagine one bottle would last a few weeks being used once a day.
To use the product I splashed my face with water and then dispensed a small amount into my hand. I applied this to my face working it in small circular motions to get it to lather up. I must say it didn't create a lot of lather, but perhaps you need more water for that. The product is clear and a bit thicker than water so it's easy to apply. It smells a little chemical and I can't say it was an unpleasant fragrance, but I wouldn't have chosen it either. I found that my skin tingled when using this cleanser and my face was left quite red afterwards. I think perhaps it reacted with my sensitive skin, because I used two more times and by the final time it was actually stinging my face when using it. Skin Ceuticals claim that if this happens then the product is not right for you (er yeah I guessed that). I also found that my skin felt quite taut and dried out after using this, so I would think that it is best suited for someone with oily skin, because it really didn't suit me.
All in all this product isn't for me, but then perhaps I have silly skin!
The product that I'm reviewing is the Skin Ceutical's Foaming Cleanser which is the third and final product I'll be reviewing from the rather expensive Skin Ceutical range. The people behind Skin Ceuticals started out with the idea of primarily improving skin health which they then believed would leave to an improved appearance too. Their products are all advertised as being backed by science and they believe in the three step rule; prevention, protection and correction which sounds like something you'd normally see advertised on the wall of a doctor's surgery in relation to STDs or something similar! They believe that achieving results means more than restoring radiant skin, it also means preventing skin conditions such as skin cancer. It was founded in 1997 and is one of the leading brands offering innovative dermatology products with the specific aim of improving the overall health of the skin.
The foaming cleanser comes in a rather standard looking plastic bottle which has a large clear lid that exposes a black pump down mechanism which is how the product is dispensed. The bottle itself is clear in colour although due to the slightly gel like consistancy of the cleanser it's not completly clear. The front of the bottle contains some basic information such as the brand and product name while the back contains a little more information such as the application suggestions and the ingredients. The packaging is rather bland in my opinion and it doesn't really warrant the hefty price tag that you find attached to all of the products in this range, it would look very much at home next to something like Oil of Olay on the shelves in Boots or in a supermarket. The only positive is the pump style applicator which means that dispensing the actual cleanser is really easy and doesn't create any mess!
The cleanser itself is clear in colour and is a little thicker than water, it's not quite what I'd describe as a gel but it's certainly thicking that your average liquid cleanser. It's got quite an astringent smell to it that is very lightly fragranced - this is probably a result of all the scientific chemicals that the brand uses! Overall the scent isn't exactly off putting, it's just quite a strong smell and not what I'd normally associate with a cleanser. The directions suggest that you apply the cleanser in the morning and at night to ensure that your skin is kept cleansed and fresh at all times of the day. I tend to wet my face and neck before squeezing a blob of this onto my hands and then massaging it into my face and neck before rinsing it off thoroughly. The dispenser gives out about a pea sized amount if you press about halfway down which is enough for my face and neck.
It's really easy to apply as you just apply it as you would any facial wash or soap even. It didn't really lather up as much as other facial washes I've used in the past have and the scent remained quite strong throughout. It didn't really have any immediate effect on my skin, there is sometimes a very slight tingling but I imagine this just means it's working - if it tingles too much apparantly it's too strong for you. This tingling effect subsided after about twenty seconds and it left my skin feeling clean but a little tight almost, only very slightly. When I wipe my face at the end of the day after using this very often some make up residue is left on the towel. The overall effect is that my skin feels clean and refreshed, often after the tingling subsides it does feel a little softer so this may moisturise slightly as well as cleanse - kill two birds with one stone!
The company itself suggests that this cleanser is suitable for all skin types and will deep clean your pores in order to remove excess oils (which can then make your skin greasy and cause spots) as well as clearing any surface impurities in order to leave the skin completly refreshed. It's also advertised as being mild and non drying although I do experience a very slight bit of skin tightening which is a sign of dry skin, although this does disappear quite quickly. It's a great way to remove make up at the end of the day and I would say it's one of the most intensive cleansers that I've come across. It hasn't caused any irritation to my skin and when my friend was staying recently she said it left her skin feeling absolutely fine and really soft despite her having really sensitive skin and not normally being able to use anything other than Clinique's mild range on her facial skin.
After researching this product a little bit online the majority of people do say it's a good product and has had pleasing effects on their skin. However the main downside to this product (and pretty much every other product in the Skin Ceuticals range) is the fact it's got a hefty price tag attached to it, so you either need to buy this and not eat lunch for a fortnight, or do without but be able to eat a normal diet! It's priced at around the £25 mark for a 150ml bottle of this, so it's not even a massive bottle that you're getting for your money! So in conclusion this product does thoroughly cleanse my skin but I have to wonder if it's worth the rather expensive price tag that comes with it. There are far cheaper products on the market at the moment that do just as good a job on the surface, maybe they don't have the scientific background but they certainly won't bankrupt you like this one will try to do!
Thanks for reading.
Skin Ceuticals Foaming Cleanser will cost you a little more than the cleansers you can buy in the supermarket, but some things are jusyt worth having and this beauty product is one of them.
I paid £22 for a 50ml bottle from an online site called www.pharmacyplace.co.uk.
You can also buy it online from strawberry.com but it will cost you £28.50 and you also have to pay for packaging and posting, so I was glad to be able to get a saving on this product.
I have bought Skin Ceuticals before online and have so far been happy with te beauty products they offer this one is no exeption and works relly well to cleanse and clean the pores in the skin, as well as being a good product for removing make-up.
It comes in the familiar white bottle with a pump action black top most of the Skin Ceutical products have the same design. You only need a little of the foam for it to be affective and once a blob is put onto your hand you can gently work it into your skin and rinse it off to see the end results.
It removes excess oils for m the skin but it doesn't dry it out and can be used on sensative skin as well as all other skin types, so it's quite versatile.
It is alos fragrance free and contains gentle non-allergenic ingredients to prevent irritation. I like the feel of the skin after use as it feels soft and smooth not dry.
You can see the foam has got into the ores as the skin looks slightly blushing but this doesn't last long and your skin feels like it can breath again.
You can use this on it's own or use a toner after if you like to do a whole beauty regime on your skin.
I like this product as it works well and even though it is expensive a little goes a long way. I am happy to recommend it to you.