I started using this after Boots discontinued another wash I was using. I've found it to be an effective yet gentle wash that works great in conjunction with my Clarisonic Mia. The main draw for me here was that it's non-irritating, doesn't contain fragrance, and was exceptionally affordable. For heavier make-up/non-Mia days, I do use jojoba oil to loosen everything up for washing - that is something to keep in mind here.
I didn't find it to be that gentle, nor worth the price tag (I got it on sale at Target, but still).
It seemed to be a pretty standard sort of face wash.
It was too harsh for my sensitive skin and worsened the mild perioral dermatitis that I had at the time.
I'm sooooo disappointed. Something in this broke me out, badly. I tried on two separate occasions. And the next day I woke up with a "friend" on my face. I'm not sure what ing did this to me, I'm ok with all of them. Maybe the sodium chloride??? Ugh idk. Just when my skin was blemish free ...
I really like this cleansing wash. It is calming to my sensitive skin, and even on some days when I need to use more product due to a heavier makeup application, it is still an excellent cleanser. I also love that it's a foaming cleanser. I wish Boots products were more widely available in Canada. I bought mine at Target in the U.S. but unfortunately our Target stores don't sell the Boots brand.
I switched to this cleanser after my skin started freaking out. Big time. After years of using drying products on my oily, acne-prone skin in the hope of controlling it, my skin decided enough was enough, and I've had to deal with persistent redness and heightened sensitivity since. This very basic wash has proved to be a very safe and reliable go-to and probably will remain to be while I try other products.
There are very few ingredients present, all of which appear to be a safe bet. It's incredibly light to apply to the face and washes off so easily compared to other cleansers I've tried over the years. It doesn't leave my skin feeling dry or tight, nor does it feel oilier than usual. I wouldn't say that it manages to calm my skin in any way, but the main thing is that it seems to keep it clean without worsening conditions.
It isn't, however, a strong enough cleanser to remove any makeup or sunscreen. I only wear a sunscreen during the day thankfully, but I do find I need a couple of goes with the cleanser or a washcloth before it's fully lifted. I can't help but wonder if this extra effort isn't doing much good for my already sensitive skin, so I would love to find something that little bit better at cleansing while remaining as gentle as this. For the meantime, this will more than do!
It's also worth mentioning how amazingly good value this cleanser is - it's pretty much always on sale for half price at 1.24GBP. You can't really argue with that.
I will get to the point as this is a good basic cleanser and one of the few truly gentle non trying cleansing foams out there. It is available locally/easily and is dirt cheap. For those who aren't acne prone as all I imagine it is really perfect 10 out of 10. For my super clog/breakout prone skin it alone doesn't leave my skin feeling deep cleaned unfortunately. However combined with my Clarisonic I am left with smooth never dried out skin. It gives the Clarisonic the perfect cushion. I am glad to have found this as a cheaper dupe to my HG foam cleanser, Peter Thomas Roth Gentle Foam Wash. Bottom line this is really a great gentle and non irritating cleanser in drugstore world of products full of nothing but sulfates, irritants, harsh lathering agents, and cloggers.
Previously, I had been using Cerave Hydrating, and before that, Cerave Foaming. The foaming cleanser worked great but it was too drying for my dehydrated oily skin (as was Olay's Sensitive Foaming Wash). The hydrating cleanser felt nice, but it couldn't break through the oils on my face and broke me out.
I tried this cleanser because it was highly recommended on SCB, and I really liked it for a bit. While I've never used it to remove my make-up, as I prefer using an oil cleanser instead, I used this after, and also in the morning. This cleanser breaks through my oils and cleanses thoroughly without leaving any kind of residue.
As for the price, I find it at Target for $5-6. I seem to go through it a bit quickly, but the price point isn't too bad.
The only thing I have an issue with is the fact that this does dry my face out, which might be because it is a foaming cleanser. I didn't notice anything at first, but I've been using this product day and night for a couple of months now and it is clear that my skin is being affected. In the beginning, there were no issues, but then I started to feel some tightness after cleansing. It wasn't much of a problem because my skin would feel fine after I applied my moisturizer, but now my skin still feels uncomfortably tight even after moisturizing. I have been through this sad cycle before -- with Cerave Foaming. With the Cerave cleanser, I didn't really pay attention to the signs, which lead to some pretty bad dehydration issues. But after I switched to something that wasn't drying, my skin felt much better (well, until I realized that product wasn't a good match for my skin type, which lead me to the Boots).
It seems I will have to find another cleanser yet again.
I am about halfway through my first bottle of this and figured it time to write a review. This has quickly become my HG cleanser. I have very sensitive, reactive skin that is particularly prone to product-induced dermatitis. My skin is oily but also extremely easily dehydrated, especially during the winter. It's tough for me to find a cleaner that foams and doesn't dry me out. This cleanser has a lovely foam and rinses completely clean. It completely removes light makeup with one wash and my Replenix SPF 50 spray with two washes. For heavy makeup I would stick with oil cleansing before washing, but those days are very rare. I have experienced no drying, break outs, or irritation whatsoever. It's a keeper for me and, at only $5 a pop, ridiculously affordable. I plan on stocking up once my current bottle runs out. A great choice for sensitive people who enjoy a foaming cleanser.
I bought this product about 2 months ago. I was excited to try it. The first time I used it, it cleaned my face well. Second time made my face sting and it felt dry. Third time it stung my face more and drier, so I stopped using it. Wish it had worked for me. But i'm glad it works for others.
Still searching for my cleanser =(.
This has changed its name and the packaging appearance. It is now called Boots Simply Sensitive Foaming Cleansing Wash and is in a pale green container. I have repurchased this several times and use it summer and winter as part of my double cleansing routine on a night. First I use Garnier Simply Essentials Soothing Cleansing Lotion and then I wash it off with this to make sure I get all my sunscreen and make up off. I have good skin which is quite sensitive and prone to dryness in the winter. This is very gentle and has no SLS or SLES.