Monday, March 26, 2012

[St. Ives] Naturally Clear Green Tea Cleanser Review

Size: 200mL
Price: C$3.49+tax (on sale; this is usually $7.09)
Type: For acne-prone skin

This product can be purchased at your local St. Ives stores and drugstores (ex. Shoppers Drug Mart). 

Active ingredient: Salicylic Acid 2%
Other ingredient: Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerin, Cocomidopropyl Betaine, Propyle Glycol, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Disodium Laureth Sulfasuccinate, Epilobium Angustifolium Extract, Olea Europaea (olive) Leaf Extract, Ascophyllum Nodasum Extract, Afteramonos Ferment Extract, Yeast Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Sodium Hydraoxide, Menthyl Lactate, PEG-150 Distearate, Disodium EDTA, PPG-2 Methyl Ether, Phenethyl Alcohol, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance (Parfum), Green 5 (CI 61570), Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Red 33 (CI 17200), Red 4 (Cl 14700), Blue 1 (Cl42090)

It does not come with any packaging but the container itself has a 3cm-long tape to ensure the twist-top cap from coming off (or to ensure anybody from taking the product out although it looks quite unnecessary). The container, as I mentioned, has a twist-top cap with a pump.

St. Ives claims that this cleanser, "with soothing green tea (extract), gently fights blemishes and allows skin to heal". For those who have acne-prone skin, this sounds rather interesting as it is "hypoallergenic, oil free, and non-comedogenic". Moreover, it's "formulated without parabens and phthalates", reducing much of the chance for the acne to form.

The product comes in a very thick lime-green liquid form. While it leaves the skin ever so slightly smooth, the cleanser, just like what all the breakout-preventing products do, causes the skin to dry out after use (products with salicylic acids do). Therefore, it requires some heavy hydration process.

It has a very nauseating melon scent which is quite overpowering and stays on for a long period of time. 

Would I Recommend This Product? 
YES. But:
1. This product is not meant to be a make-up remover (FYI).
2. I would not recommend using this product too frequently since it dries out your skin. I would use other types of gentle cleanser for most of the time and come back to use this product every 2-3 times a week. For some reason, if you need to use it everyday, I would recommend to use it at night (instead of morning), so that you can have some time to apply more products to hydrate your skin enough. If you are drying out your skin, your skin will get more oily and thus produce more blemishes. 
3. Do NOT expect a miracle out of this product; using am acne-preventing product does not mean you do not need to exfoliate anymore. You still need to exfoliate your skin to unclog your pores.
4. This is still a very strongly-scented cleanser although I'm fond of using scented products.


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