When it comes to cleansing I am sort of a maniac. I love reading what worked and didn’t work for other people, so when a fellow blogger Kerry shared her thoughts on low pH cleansers and the science behind choosing them over alkaline cleansers, my skincare beliefs were pretty much shattered. I am not stuck up and like any reasonable person will gladly change my opinions if presented with convincing evidence. FYI I no longer shy away from parabens or from properly purified mineral oil, just because I am more educated about those ingredients, but that’s a topic for another discussion.
Today I wanted to talk about a cleanser I recently discovered – Exuviance Gentle Cleansing Creme [$32 for 7.2 oz, available here]. It’s advertised as an ultra-gentle makeup remover and a daily facial cleanser, that delicately removes dirt and surface oils with a special poly-hydroxy acid formula, leaving skin silky and smooth. Cleansing cremes are nothing new and I already have several in my collection, but I’m always happy to try something different, especially from a brand like Exuviance that’s been a long time staple in my beauty pantry.
ABOUT THE CLEANSER:
Exuviance Gentle Cleansing Creme will purify skin that needs special attention. This milky emulsion is formulated with gentle ingredients that will be comforting and soothing for dry, dehydrated, and sensitive complexions. By looking at the ingredient list, the only thing that could make it better formula-wise is removing the fragrance.
- Comfort rich, soap-free formula gently dissolves makeup and impurities
- Formulated with Gluconolactone (PHA) and botanicals to smooth skin texture
- Lightly hydrates and soothes
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Isododecane, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/ Dicaprate, Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, PEG-100 Stearate, Triundecanoin, Cetyl Alcohol, Octyldodecanol, Stearyl Alcohol, Gluconolactone, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Chamomile Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Propylene Glycol, Laureth-7, Polyacrylamide, Disodium EDTA, Chlorphenesin, Methylparaben, Parfum (Fragrance), Benzyl Benzoate.
First of all, Exuviance Gentle Cleansing Creme really is gentle. It’s probably one of the gentlest cleansers I own, and I can use it to purify my skin even after strong facial peels that normally leave my face red, parched, and ultra-sensitive for several days and up to a week. While I personally prefer a two-step cleansing process that involves a cleansing oil and a foaming cleanser or a micellar water, Exuviance Gentle Cleansing Creme can replace both steps in a pinch. It works well to remove even waterproof makeup, while leaving the skin feeling soft, hydrated, and never dry. Like I mentioned above, this would be an A+ superstar product if it didn’t contain fragrance, but I’m personally not bothered by it, although I probably should be, according to some beauty experts.
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Have you used milky cleansers before? Do you pH test your cleansers? Do you care about fragrance in skincare? Let me know in the comments below!
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