I think I have found the best facial cleanser EVER!
It is a Glycolic Cleanser from an American skincare brand, InstaNatural, who have a huge collection of natural skincare & hair products that have all been made cruelty-free. I’ve been using the cleanser for just over a month now and I really, really, really like it a-lot! I have been using it twice daily; in the morning and again in the evening and because I like it so much – I have added it to My Favourite Products.
What InstaNatural Say:
‘Our deep cleansing Glycolic Cleanser uses the exfoliating benefits of Glycolic Acid to break down dulling build up, helping to soften and brighten the skin. Infused with natural calming extracts and collagen supporting Arginine, this cleanser helps reduce the appearance of pores, signs of aging, and discoloration.’
Glycolic Acid removes pore clogging skin cells that can cause skin to breakout
Arginine supports the production of collagen, which helps the skin appear firmer and lessens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Exfoliating ingredients increase cell turnover, helping to slough away dulling skin cells and reduce the appearance of fine lines and discoloration
Soothing extracts provide antioxidant support to guard skin against irritation and daily aggressors
Gentle cleansers remove excess oil and debris without stripping or drying the skin
The cleanser came in a outer box which was attractive looking and pretty enough to be given as a gift to someone. The cleanser itself was in a recycable plastic bottle with a silver, dispensable lid. There is a generous 200ml of product in the bottle and because you only need to use a small amount each time, one bottle will last quite a while. My bottle is still half full even after a month of using it twice daily. The cleanser has a semi-gel like, runny consitency and it is clear, transparent and free from artificial dyes.
Water (Aqua), Decyl Glucoside*, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine*, Lauryl Glucoside*, Sclerotium Gum*, Glycolic Acid, Sodium Hydroxypropylsulfonate Lauryl-Glucoside Crosspolymer*, Glycerin*, Coco-Glucoside*, Propanediol*, Xanthan Gum*, Phenylpropanol*, Glyceryl Oleate*, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate*, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters*, Arginine (L-Arginine)*, Potassium Sorbate*, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower/Leaf (Chamomile) Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf (Green Tea) Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Lactic Acid*.
What is Glycolic Acid?
Glycolic Acid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid which has been naturally derived from sugar cane. It works by removing dead skin cells, thus bringing fresh, new skin to the surface. Because the cleanser contains AHA’s, it will increase skin sensitivity to sunlight so it is recommended to use a suncreen and limit sun exposure whilst using it. The percentage of Glycolic Acid within the cleanser is unknown and InstaNatural say they can’t disclose this information as it is proprietary and what makes their formula unique. Come on InstaNatural, spill the beans.
Directions: ‘Apply a small amount to dampened skin, massaging gently to create a lather. Concentrate on troubled areas, such as the t-zone. Rinse with water. Follow with appropriate serum and moisturizer. For best results, remove makeup before use.’
What I thought about it?
I love it! It has seriously improved the apperance of my skin.I have noticed a huge difference in my complexion which was dull and appeared dry and de-hydrated before I started using it. The very first time I used it, my complexion was brighter, appeared radiant and my skin looked plumper and super clean. It did leave a little shine on my face but my skin didn’t appear oily or greasy, instead it looked raidiant and kind of glowing, I liked it. Since I began using it I haven’t had any pimples or spots show up on my face either and no blackheads have shown up either, overall my skin looks healthier. I love how my skin looks and feels after using it. I have to mention it seems to have knocked a few years of my age too and I think my skin looks more youthful, ha! Glycolic Acid has actually been recommended as an anti-ageing treatment and I can definately see why!
What I didn’t like?
The only thing I didn’t like about the cleanser was the smell. I’m not a big fan of it! It is quite a mild scent which does smell natural, herby and plant based but it’s not my cup of tea, whatever it is! I wouldn’t say it was repulsive, it is just that my nose doesn’t find it pleasant and the two don’t get along. Saying that, I have seen other reviews of this Glycolic Cleanser and there are many people who actually like how it smells so maybe it’s just me. So… yeah, the scent doesn’t appeal to me but it definetly won’t and hasn’t put me off using it.
It is quite expensive too I think. It was priced at £49 a few weeks ago but it’s around £20 now as they have put it on sale, I’m not sure how long the sale is on for either but it better be for good as there is no way I’m paying £49 for a cleanser. I’d rather have crap skin to be honest. Ha!
Will I use or buy it again?
Big fat YES! I have already bought another bottle since! My skin is looking amazing so I’m happy!
Has anyone used Glycolic products before? What is the most you have ever spent on skin care?
Disclosure: This Glycolic Cleanser was gifted to me from InstaNatural for review purposes.