I know I just received this on Monday, but I’ve been using it everyday for the past few days so I think its enough to warrant a review =)
What it claims (from Cellnique.com):
A gentle cleanser, containing alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) and tomato extract, designed for all skin types to remove dead skin cells, impurities and excess oil. Contains no sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS).
|Belonging to the alpha hydroxy group of acids (AHAs), glycolic acid works as an exfoliant, and was the first AHA to be used in skin care. Glycolic acid is famous for its effectiveness in removing dead skin cells and regenerating collagen as well as elastin in deeper skin layers.|
|Derived from milk, lactic acid is well-known for its skin hydrating properties as well as being a gentle AHA exfoliant, helping to re-texture the skin surface and stimulate cell renewal.|
|A natural and gentle ingredient that helps to balance skin pH and avoids possible irritations from the AHA.|
Purified Water (Aqua purificata), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Cocam-phodiacetate, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Amino Acid, Tomato (Salanum lycopersicum) Extract, Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) Extract, Saponaria (Saponaria officinalis) Extract, Propyl Glycol, Isostearamidopropyl Mor-pholine Lactate, Quarternium-22, TEA-Lauryl Sulfate, Soya (Glycine soja) Protein, Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis) Extract, Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis) Leaf Gel, Linden (Tilia cordata) Extract, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, DMDM Hydantoin.
This is described to be a gentle cleanser, but made for normal/combination/oily skin. I would say that it does fit its description. I found it to be quite gentle on my skin because it doesn’t foam up as much as something like Clinique Liquid Facial Soap. As far as a cleanser goes, it does an average job of removing dirt and grease from my face. I can tell because when I clean my face again with toner, there is left over residue on the cotton pad.
Three things that I’ve noticed though:
- Even though it is quite gentle when washing (ie. no stinging, doesn’t feel overly clean, etc.), my skin feels just a little bit tight after a good wash-through.
- My skin becomes a little bit red, especially in the cheek/nose part of my face, after using this. It doesn’t sting or anything, just red. I’m not sure what is causing this, as its never happened before with cleansers, but I am guessing it is the Glycolic Acid. That part of my face can become sensitive sometimes, so I don’t blame the cleanser.
- The smell is a little off. It is a very hard to describe scent, very chemical. I don’t mind it THAT much as its a cleanser so it’ll be gone once I wash it off, but for people who dislike chemical smells, you might want to stay away.
Would I buy again? Probably not. Retail price for this is $38 USD for 200 mL of product. It is comparable to Clinique Liquid Facial Soap, which is only $15 USD for 200 mL, which means that I am unlikely going to spend the extra $23 to buy the Cellnique cleanser. Overall though, it is not a bad cleanser as it does mostly what its supposed to do.
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P.S. I will be away in London this weekend without my computer, which means I will be MIA until Sunday night. Please feel free to comment/ask questions, but I won’t be able to get back to you until Sunday night. Thanks!!