Okay, before we jump in, my apologies for falling off the face of the earth. I’m still around and kicking, but much like the rest of the world, 2020 has taken a hit. For those of you who know, I’m a college senior. In the beginning of March, much like all other universities around the world, mine shut down and moved online. Many of my courses, particularly my science classes, were not prepared for that change, and as result, I ended up having to self teach – particularly in my Immunology class, a class that’s horrors only match in the levels of pain as Ochem. So, in the midst of that mess, this blog and the rest of my writing fell to the wayside. I love writing for this blog. I love doing the research and trying out new skin care. But for those months, I needed escapism. Hopefully, though these times are still uncertain or unprecedented or whatever other nice way of painting it, I should be back at a regular schedule with this blog!
But on to the review! To-day, we’re taking a look at IS Clinical Cleansing Complex:
With the stress of 2020 and wearing masks (which please, wear one), my acne has reared it’s oh so lovely head again. I mentioned in a previous post that one of my Holy Grail products was Herbalism by Lush (my review on that product is here), and while I still love that cleanser, I hate the mess it leaves. Seriously, that stuff gets everywhere – and it’s bright green. So, in the interest of helping my new outbreaks and to save my OCD from making me clean the bathroom everyday, I decided to branch out. Unfortunately, my skin hates most cleansers. I tried Namaste Kitten, and while I didn’t hate it, it wasn’t amazing. It didn’t cause a reaction, but it also didn’t do anything for my skin; in fact, I found it to be a bit stripping. So next, I tried Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser, and while I may do a more in depth review of that one in the future, I also didn’t love it. It was great for sensitive skin, but for my acne, I felt like I needed more. So, I decided to take to the internet and research, and somewhere, along whatever rabbit trail I had wandered down, I stumbled upon an interview of Phoebe Tonkins (which you can read here). Now, most of the items Phoebe Tonkins lists that she uses for her acne are way out of my budget. I love skin care, but if it’s over fifty dollars, I’m out. Maybe one day I can have such a budget….a girl can dream. Anyway, I noticed the cleanser she uses wasn’t too far off from what I paid for my Lush cleanser, so I decided why not. I normally don’t use products solely by celebrity recommendations, but after two less than stellar cleansers, I figured to go for it.
Water/Aqua/Eau, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-30 Clyceryl Cocoate, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Carboxymethylcellulose, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Asiaticoside, Asiatic Acid, Madecassic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Phosphilipids, Tocopherol Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, DMDM Hydantion, Iodopropynl Butylcarbamate.
The cleanser also claims to have Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, in addition to the salicylic acid and antioxidants above. So, while the product is on the pricier side, at 44 dollars, I think it’s well worth the price for the outcome. My skin isn’t healed by any means, but this cleanser has helped to calm down some of the irritation and redness I’ve been experiencing while still being gentle on my picky skin. Plus, the cleanser bottle I brought lasted me a little over three months! I think I’ve finally found my new Holy Grail cleanser, and as of right now, it’s my favourite product I’m using.
I’ll see you guys in the next post, which will hopefully be sooner than five months this time. Anyway, I hope you all are doing well, stay safe out there! Till next time!