Tuesday, June 14, 2011

St. Ives Naturally Clear Green Tea Cleanser

** This product was provided for consideration. All opinions are my own.

rrp $9.99

St. Ives say: "St. Ives Naturally Clear Green Tea Cleanser helps to gently clear breakouts and soothe irritation caused by acne. Formulated with a blemish-fighting solution and 100 percent natural green tea, the cleanser washes and soothes skin. Green tea also helps to protect skin from harmful environmental factors and free radicals that are known to age skin. Oil, paraben and phthalate-free. Dermatologist tested. Hypoallergenic."

This green-coloured cleanser from St. Ives is very gentle on the skin and has an awesome smell, very refreshing and pleasant. It leaves my skin feeling clean, refreshed and smooth to the touch, and didn't dry my face out at all. I'd recommend it for young girls just starting with a skincare routine, as it’s very mild in formulation. Also it would be great for people in their 20’s or those with sensitive skin.

I found no real difference in the appearance of my skin after using this, however, I’m still pleased with its performance and will continue to use the bottle until it runs out. My skin is clear at the moment, but I think that’s more to do with my daily use of the fabulous Alpha-H Gentle Daily Exfoliant (reviewed here) which has done wonders for my skin. I digress. There’s nothing wrong with this cleanser; it’s gentle, effective, non-irritating on the skin and pleasant to use, it just doesn’t blow me away.

I’m loving that you can see exactly how much product is left in the clear bottle, and the push-down lid is very handy, as it’s easy to open in the shower with wet, slippery hands. I do have to use this in conjunction with an exfoliating scrub, as this gel alone isn't enough to give me a deep down clean. It’s an overall satisfactory-performing cleanser, that I won't purchase after my current bottle runs out.

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