MY STORY: as you can tell from this picture I’ve pretty much used up the entire tube of this cleanser. Whilst cleansers can usually be judged quickly I wanted to give the glycolic acid element some time to work on my skin.
So what have I learnt after several weeks of using this?
A few things, I like the texture, it becomes milky/creamy when mixed with water & I like it for a morning cleanse – I didn’t like removing make up with it as the colour of the cleanser was the same as my foundation & made it difficult for me to distinguish if I was removing make up or cleanser.
In the mornings it makes my skin less oily than my usual e45 without making my skin dry or tight & I feel like my oil is controlled for longer.
I don’t think the acid itself has much scope to exfoliate as its not in contact with skin for long as a cleanser. My skin isn’t noticeably brighter in the mornings after using this in comparison to my usual cleansers. You could apply this as a mask however & it would act as a gentle clay exfoliator.
In summary a gentle morning cleanser particularly good for oilier skins in summer but didn’t appear to exfoliate or brighten any more than using my e45.
AIM: clay cleanser with 5% glycolic acid exfoliates to reveal glowing, healthier-looking skin.
DIRECTIONS: best used as a morning cleanser or 2nd cleanse in the evening. Apply to damp/dry skin, massage and remove with damp flannel/face brush & rinse.
Glycolic acid 5%: exfoliating alpha hydroxy acid
PROS: good morning cleanser, can be used as a mask, contains exfoliating acid. Mid range price. Good for oily skins. Didn’t cause break outs.
CONS: limited ability to exfoliate skin as a cleanser. Tube packaging needs cutting to use up last bits of cleanser. Fragranced with essential oils.