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This is a great skin cleanser and while it is not cheap, I paid £20.99 and it comes in quite a simple, plain bottle and you can see the contents of the bottle through it. It is dispensed by a simple black pump on the top of the bottle. One of the things I like is that the pump dispenser does not deliver a lot of the cleanser with a standard pump and this is good as you do not need to use a lot of the product and so there is no waste. Given the price this is useful as it extends the life of the product and you get better value for money.
It is a creamy largely odorless cleanser and as I massaged it into my skin there was a little bit of foam created. It is certainly effective at cleansing the pores of my skin and leaving it nice and refreshed feeling. It is probably not the strongest cleanser that I have used however it is gentle on the skin and in my opinion would be suitable for those with sensitive skin.
As part of a hygiene regime this is certainly a good cleanser and provides a good step in the overall process, it does not dry out my skin but it does give it a bit of tightness and it is very effective at cleaning out the pores. I have had no issues with this product at all.
The only real downside is the price tag however the fact that it does last a long time does help to offset this somewhat and the fact that the pump is very efficient with no annoying leakages is a plus point as well I guess. I would recommend this product, the packaging is not the most attractive but it is the product inside that really counts and on that score it does well.
Skinceuticals is a brand which creates that care for our skin using their scientific knowledge and natural ingredients. The company hasn't been around for very long but it has already gained recognition as being one of the better brands on the market. I have been suitably impressed with most of their products which I have tried and so when I ran out of my latest cleanser, I decided to purchase the Skinceuticals Simply Clean.
What does the product do?
The product promises to thoroughly cleanse the face and to remove all traces of make up, impurities and excess oils. It also exfoliates, heals and improves the elasticity of the skin and it claims to perform all these tasks without drying out the skin. This cleanser has been designed for use on combination to oily skin tones.
How does it work?
This cleanser contains 1% Hydroxy Acids which is a smaller amount of this ingredient than many of their other products but it is still enough to do the job. It is a chemical exfoliant which sloughs the dead and dull skin cells off the surface of the face. The removal of these skin cells means that your pores won't become clogged and enlarged, and blemishes and blackheads won't form. It smoothes out the complexion and reduces the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.
Aloe Vera is present because it helps to heal imperfections and to sooth the skin. It also moisturises the skin while helping to maintain its elasticity and the substance nourishes it with vitamins which improves the condition of the skin. Chamomile is present for the same reasons while also killing any bacteria lurking on the skin and stimulating the production of healthy new skin cells.
Comfrey is included in order to strengthen the skin and to heal any imperfections. It also helps to speed up the turn over of new skin cells so your complexion will become healthier and more radiant. Glycerin draws moisture into the skin which prevents it from becoming dry while Bilberry Extract removes impurities from the skin and prevents premature aging. It also improves the circulation of blood which strengthens and nourishes the skin. Sugar Cane Extract is included for the same purpose. Orange and Lemon Oil tighten and brighten the skin while killing any spot causing bacteria.
How do you use the product?
The product is to be used in a slightly different way to a normal face wash. It is to be massaged onto dry skin and then you need to dampen your hands and massage it into the skin again. After a few minutes, it needs to be rinsed away thoroughly and followed up by a good moisturiser.
Packaging and Price
The product comes in a relatively plain bottle which reflects the purity of what's inside. The bottle is made out of white plastic and it has a black pump in order to dispense the product. The pump ensures that no air mixes with the product inside and it is fairly easy to control the amount of cleanser that you want to use.
The cleanser will set you back around £28 but you get 250 ml for that money which is a fairly large amount. The product is available from a few different websites and if you shop around then you may find it for a little bit cheaper than I did.
I already knew I would be impressed with this product before I used it as the ingredients are very similar to some of Skinceuticals products which I also love. The product comes in a form of a thick, rich gel which feels quite silky on my face and it is oil free. When it is smoothed on the skin, it glides on to the face without any pulling or dragging so it's not going to cause any new wrinkles. It can feel quite cold on the skin but other than that it is completely comfortable.
When you add water to the solution on your face, it foams slightly and makes you feel like it's really getting to work. The exfoliant is a chemical one so there are no gritty bits to irritate your skin. It doesn't sting or cause me any discomfort. When it is time to wash the product off, it is easily removed although using a damp flannel makes it even easier.
With continued use of the product, I have noticed a difference in the condition of my skin and it has improved considerably. My face has become very soft and smooth so the exfoliating ingredient must be working well and there is no flakiness left on my skin after use. The cleanser deals really well with my oily skin without drying out the drier areas of my face which is something that I rarely achieve with cleansers. My face never feels tight after use.
My pores seem to be reduced in size which has improved the texture of my skin and also helped to regulate the excess oils produced by the skin. This is turn ensures that my complexion remains matte and shine free which makes me feel much more fresh and clean during the day. It also means that fewer blemishes will form and although my skin still becomes oily within a few hours, it is much improved.
All in all, this is a great product which cleanses, tones and exfoliates all at the same time. It helps to prevent my skin from becoming greasy for quite a few hours and reduces the size of my pores. It leaves my skin hydrated and soft with no flaky dry skin lurking on my face. I can't fault this product... other than the price and so when it runs out I will be happy to replace it, although I don't expect this to happen anytime soon.
If you've read any of my other reviews on skin care products or foundations, you've probably seen me mention my extremely fussy, acne prone skin. I'm generally quite happy with my skin care routine at the moment because I feel like I've found a couple of different products that really do help with my skin issues. I still get break outs but the products in my current routine have helped to make them less frequent and less severe. One of the things I've added into my routine that I feel has made the biggest difference is chemical exfoliants in the form of AHA's (glycolic acid) and BHA's (salicylic acid). These two combined have really helped fade annoying and unsightly acne scarring and have also helped to smooth my skin like no other manual exfoliant ever has.
Two of the products I'm using (Peter Thomas Roth acne clearing gel and alpha hydrox soufflé) are working well when used on alternative nights but my cleanser which was a cheap Neutrogena face wash was not really doing a great job at cleaning my skin. I'd heard a lot of good things about SkinCeuticals products on a forum I use quite often so decided to look in to the range and find a suitable wash/cleanser. The first product I came across that sounded like it might be what I needed for my skin was the simply clean gel cleanser. I immediately noticed that the product is oil free, is designed to remove impurities and contains hydroxy acids and the fact that is was a gel formula also sounded appealing so I decided to give it a go despite the hefty price tag.
SkinCeuticals was founded in 1997 and offer a range of science backed skin products to deal with various different skin concerns. The products are designed to work together in a routine/system to really improve skin health and appearance. SkinCeuticals philosophy is built around three different elements, prevention, protection and correction therefore their products are designed to prevent future damage, protect healthy skin and correct previous damage. High concentrations of active ingredients are used in their products which are distributed by dermatologists, plastic surgeons, spas and skincare professionals in over 35 different countries.
Simply clean gel cleanser is a gel face wash that's suitable for both oily and combination skin types. It's designed to remove impurities, make up and excess oil/sebum from skin and contains extracts of chamomile, comfrey, and aloe to sooth, heal and calm. The product also contains hydroxy acid to exfoliate dead skin cells and refine skin tone. It costs £27.00 from skinceuticals.co.uk but is available cheaper elsewhere. I purchased my bottle from John and Ginger where it's currently priced at £24.30 with free delivery.
Packaging and Size
For £24.00 you get a rather plain looking bottle with a black pump dispenser that's filled with 250ml of transparent liquid. I've seen others mention that they find the packaging a bit dull and unimaginative but I have to say that it really doesn't bother me. I'll admit that I'm often attracted to make up by the pretty packaging and cases but I feel differently about skin care products since I'm more concerned with the product inside and the results I'll get from using it. One thing that I do like about the packaging on simply clean is the pump, I prefer face washes and skin care products to come with these types of dispensers because they're more hygienic and normally easier to use/dispense the correct amount of product.
I've found that quite a small amount of product goes a long way, one pump is normally enough to wash my entire face and neck. The thick gel doesn't really foam much when applied to wet hands or face which I was a little bit disappointed with as I tend to prefer washes that foam a little bit. Once I've rubbed it around in my hands I apply to my face and gently massage into skin. I can't actually say it feels any different to other cheaper gel cleansers that I've tried, I get a slight citrus scent when using but no fresh feeling and I occasionally get a slight tingly/stinging sensation on more sensitive areas of my face. I assume this is down to the hydroxy acid in the product as I've had a similar sensation with other products containing fruit and glycolic acids. The cleanser is easy to rinse off when you're finished massaging in to face and no film or residue is left on skin.
My face does feel clean, squeaky clean actually and when my skin calms down my face looks refreshed and feels soft. All traces of make up are removed although it's worth mentioning that I don't rely on this product to remove all of my make up and instead use a creamy cleanser before washing and just let this stuff remove any missed bits. My skin also feels less oily and I find when I use this on a daily basis that my skin also becomes less oily throughout the day. One issue I have had with simply clean is a little bit of irritation in the form of dryness. This is actually really unusual for my skin, it tends to be sensitive in terms of disliking most of the ingredients I use on it but normally kicks up a stink by breaking out, not becoming dry. What I've done to alleviate the problem is to use the product once a day instead of the two washes I would normally do with my cleanser and by adding an extra bit of moisturiser after using.
Would I recommend?
Whilst I do enjoy using this stuff and it does help with some of my skin concerns I can't help feeling a bit disappointed with it when I use it. This is mainly due to the large price I paid for it. Admittedly you do get a fair sized bottle for your money but I was expecting something more for such an expensive product. The wash is similar to others I've used that have been half the price of this one and have shown similar results too. I was also a bit disappointed with the fact that it dried my skin out a little bit, in my experience it's not wise to use harsh products on acne prone skin however tempting it might be because ultimately it encourages skin to produce more oil and makes the problem worse.
It may be worth giving the wash a try if you have truly oily skin or skin that's not sensitive in any way but honestly there are some great gel cleansers out there that do the same job for a lot less money. If you are going to give the product a try I recommend starting off slow and perhaps switching to a more gentle cleanser in the winter when skin tends to be a little bit more sensitive and drier.
Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Cocamide DEA, Aloe Barbadensis Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Extract (Matricaria), Symphytum Officinale Extract (Comfrey), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben 6/15/09
I buy a lot of samples online before paying the full price for any skin care products that are particularly expensive. I bought a mixed set of testers off eBay before going all in to buy the product, for a 240ml bottle of Simply clean the prices range from £20-£27.
The gel cleanser is supposed to be ideal for combination or oily skin, I have combination skin so was eager to try this product out. The product contains fie hydroxy acids used to gently exfoliate the skin and ridding you of any dead skin cells, therefore leaving your skin smooth and less dull looking. Its an oil-free formula that includes botanical extracts of aloe, chamomile & comfrey to help soothe and heal the skin.
My personal experience with the product was that my skin although for combination skin did leave the skin on my cheeks and forehead feeling quite dry at the time of using the product it was summer and I was looking for an all-season cleanser that wouldn't leave any of my skin dry but still do its magic.
I used the product only once daily rather than the twice. I would gently massage a small amount into my face & neck that I had previously wetted and then I'd rinse with warm water. The cleanser isn't all too foamy and is alittle on the dull side, the smell however was pleasant. The areas of skin that were left soft were my nose and chin others like the cheeks and forehead felt alittle tight and dry, not good!
I'm sure if you suffer from really oily skin that this product would be great for you to try out but sadly it wasn't gentle enough for my particular skin. Try the testers out people! (:
Ideal for combination or oily skin, this skin-refining gel cleanser combines an exfoliating hydroxy acid blend with botanical extracts to gently remove impurities, excess oils, and makeup / Also contains botanical extracts of chamomile, comfrey, and aloe to help soothe and heal the skin /