Tuesday 2 December 2014

60 seconds in 1 minute, 60 minutes in 1 hour, 24 hours in 1 day, 365 days in 1 year. How many seconds are there in 1 year?

12! The 2nd of January, 2nd of February . . .

 I apologise for the awful joke but it seemed appropriate. 

So for December 2nd this morning I found;

Kiehl's ultra facial cleanser.

It claims to be a 'gentle liquid formula that cleanses without over-drying or stripping skin'. So how did it pan out?

I removed my eye make up first as it states to avoid the immediate eye area, already a negative point in my book as unless I'm exfoliating I don't see the point in using a separate makeup remover (particularly when a product boasts about removing makeup on the label).

To give it a fair run I avoided using my much loved clarisonic, and instead opted for that old school cleansing tool; fingertips. 
As a standard cleanser I can't knock it. When following up with my toner not a scrap of foundation, or dip brow for that matter, came off on that cotton pad. That's where the positives end I'm afraid. After patting off the excess water on my face, I allowed it to air dry for a minute. For a product claiming not to over-dry the skin I would expect at the very least for my face to feel comfortable, the tightening sensation that followed however was up there with my most hated cleanser; clearasil rapid action gel wash. This particular clearsil cleanser honestly turned me into a reptile. Within 3 days my entire face was dry, scaly and began peeling off like sunburn. I would like to state that this was a few years ago now so the formula may well have changed, but it's safe to say that since then I'm very picky about which cleanser I use and pay very close attention to how my skin reacts to a new one.
Back to the product in hand, skin care is hugely variable from person to person so don't take my word as Gospel. I don't believe myself to have particularly sensitive skin these days; I've used a variety of toners, serums and peels without adverse affects, so I didn't expect such a reaction from a 'gentle' cleanser void of any acne fighting claims. 
Don't get me wrong, the sensation is nothing a touch of moisturiser can't fix, but that's not my point. Why advertise as a gentle cleanser when it really isn't the case.

I will be giving this Kiehl's cleanser another go in the future (providing we don't have another reptilian outbreak) as I don't believe you can make a clear decision on just one use. I have many products that I disliked to begin with, only to have found them to be staple products in my beauty routine months later (hello Illamasqua skin base). As a cleanser it does the job, in regards to actually delivering what it promises on the packaging however it falls short of the mark so far. 

Hopefully tomorrow I'll find something slightly more agreeable.



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