Skincare - Face -The Body Shop - Aloe Vera Facial Wash
madmarx 12/22/2010 12:41:00 AM
I have mixed feelings about this wash. Foaming cleansers in general can be problematic for me, but I have trouble finding non-foaming cleansers that I actually like. This one isn't particularly offensive; its ingredient list is mercifully short (though it does contain SLS. D'oh!) and it doesn't seem to break me out or give me contact dermatitis. It is, however, a little drying, so I mix it with an equal amount of ceraVe hydrating cleanser (which is a little too emollient) - a totally genius move on my part. This combo gets me clean and refreshed with no irritation or filmy residue. Unfortunately, I don't believe this cleanser is a particularly good buy. It's about $16.00 for 4.2 oz. and in three weeks I've gone through it like gangbusters. Not worth it, IMHO.
I got this at 50% off, but I'm still not particularly happy with it. It absorbs well, and doesn't irritate, but I haven't noticed any increase in moisturization or decrease in skin sensitivity. I'll keep using it until it's gone, but unless its effects are accumulative I won't bother repurchasing. ¯\(°_°)/¯
Super basic, very gentle toner. Maybe not even a toner; more of a "freshening water". I don't really have any complaints about it, but it's nothing spectacular either. Its best feature is its very short ingredients list. I can use this during even the harshest bout of hypersensitivity or nastiest contact dermatitis flare-up. Unless you're allergic to aloe vera, this product probably shouldn't give you any problems.
Cleansers -Burt's Bees - Orange Essence Facial Cleanser
madmarx 12/21/2010 11:27:00 PM
This is an excellent product for makeup removal and "deep" cleansing; I generally use it at night and Its moisturizing enough that it's often all I need, esp. in summer. I love its jellied texture and natural fragrance, and if you accidently get any in you mouth, its pretty tasty! Its also non-irritating and hasn't broken me out yet. I recommend using it with wet hands on a dry face as directed, and removed with a wet washcloth or sponge. This way I've never had a problem with any sort of film or greasiness. The only problem I have is that it doesn't seem particularly concentrated - you have to use a pretty good splodge to get really clean, or at least clean-feeling. at 7.99, it's perfectly reasonable; just not my HG.