Most of us are familiar with the basic skin types: oily, dry, normal, or combination. What they don’t tell us is that your skin’s condition can evolve with changes in climate, hormones, age, or even diet. This explains why products that once worked so well may now cause breakouts or dryness. My story: I’ve used the Murad skincare system for oily/acne prone skin for years. It worked wonders for clearing up my acne, but recently my skin began to feel dry and tight. I figured that it was time to try something new to balance out my skin. I did some research which led me to “Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser with tamarind and purifying micro-pearls for combination or oily skin.” (Yes, that’s a mouth-full and yes, that’s all on the bottle).
Product Overview: Smooth as silk, but as effective as soap, Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser, $25.00 is a “spa in a bottle.” The tamarind fruit acids have properties to remove impurities, excess oil, and pollutants brightening the complexion. The product also claims to protect the skin from the drying effects of hard water.
I actually caught a really great deal at Bloomingdale’s consisting of the cleanser and toner for $26.00! I also got tons of free samples, but enough about me. The product actually had great reviews and seemed to address my skin concerns. Clarins is also considered a premium, yet affordable brand; meaning more “bang for your buck.” Lastly, I was offered a solid return policy just in case my skin “freaked out.”
First Five: 1.) Water, 2.) Glycerin-Moisturizes the Skin, 3.) Stearic Acid- Allows soap particles to attach to dirt and oil, 4.) Myristic Acid-Detergent that causes the foam, 5.) Potassium Hydroxide-Cleansing Agent.
Impressions/Reactions: I was expecting a foam as marketed, but what I got was a creamy cleanser the consistency of a mask. With only a drop, my face was completely covered. The lather ensued only after slightly re-wetting my face. The product did pick up oil and makeup very well. I didn’t even need a makeup remover! It was also extremely gentle with no irritation, burning, or dryness. Throughout the day, my skin definitely felt less greasy. I felt like I got my “money’s worth.”
Do You Recommend It: Yes
By: Chimere Brown