I’ve been going through a weird “what’s up with you skin” phase recently. Maybe it’s because of my work outs, maybe because I did a stint of Bikram Yoga (swea-TY!), maybe because I am now over 30. Who knows…but I went out in search of a new cleanser the other day. Before this time, any old cheap brand would do. But now, I need something gentle, but effective. For three days and nights, I cleaned with each of the selections. Here is my ruling:
Zia Purifying Cleanser: Made with all natural ingredients, this product was made for normal to oily skin. The description noted that it was formulated to “refresh” and “balance.:” It costs around $15 for 8 ounces (it’s at Whole Foods). Things I like about it right off: smells nice, it doesn’t leave that “soapy” residue on your hands, and you do get a nice “AH, life is simple” feeling afterward. It even takes off makeup, no problem. At the end of the three days, I noticed that my skin needed LESS moisture, and that my redness (I get a red nose from having my nose broken too many times) was reduced…
I cleaned my face for three days with cheap St Ives so I would have a fresh start and a fair comparison
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser: Seriously, this feels like a light lotion and although a tacky texture, it smoothed my skin instantly. For 8 ounces, I shelled out $8, and although not advertised as a natural product, has 8 ingredients. My skin shined clear, giving my dry spots oomph and my oily ones zap.
My vote?: Hands down, CETAPHIL. I raved about it at lunch yesterday and my co-worker said it was dermalogist recommended. I know that for the price and the payoff, this is my choice for now. If you workout in the middle of the day, and don’t have time to shower, this is the cleanser for you. You can hand wash your sweaty spots and get away feeling fresh.
What’s your favorite face wash? Why? How much do you get for the mullah?