Describe the brand.
Salma Hayek. Affordable. Pharmacy.
What type of cleanser is it?
Exfoliating in two parts, physical and chemical.
Who is it for?
What’s in it?
What’s not in it?
Parabens, mineral oil
Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?
In my defence I wasn’t paying attention when I picked this up. Had I been, I wouldn’t have parted with cash for it.
Methylisothiazolinone aka MI – now banned in the EU when used in leave-on products, this preservative has been known to cause allergies in high numbers of people. It’s just not worth including it in products these days.
Polylactic acid is used instead of polyethylene beads, but they still feel quite harsh on the skin.
Suitable for pregnancy?
I wouldn’t personally. It’s quite rough, but it won’t harm you.
Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?
Tested on animals in home country/EU/sold in territories that advocate testing?
How do you use it?
Apply to dry skin, massage in and remove with a facecloth. I read some reviews where people mentioned that had used this to remove makeup in the evenings, I can only say Do Not Do That. Skin cleaning only.
First cleanse/second cleanse or AM cleanse?
AM/Second in PM.
Best for winter or summer?
Does it remove waterproof eye makeup?
No. You couldn’t put this around the eyes.
How long did I test it for?
Just the once. That was enough.
How much is it? /Size/Approximate cost per usage?
It was $13.99 in CVS.
What’s the website like?
Not great. Basic info, no ingredients listed, and non-trading.
How’s the distribution? Available freely or limited?
CVS in the US only by the looks of it.
What’s good about it?
Not much. I was excited by the addition of kaolin as a second ingredient, but it’s overpowered by the microbeads.
When I asked about US ranges that you were interested in review-wise, Nuance was on the list. I didn’t really find anything I wanted to review except this, and I didn’t read the inci properly before I purchased. Fail. Sorry!
What’s not so good about it?
If this didn’t include the beads and the MI, I think it would be a much better product. The beads are unnecessary as it already contains glycolic acid to exfoliate and the kaolin would help on that score also. All in all, not a very pleasurable user experience.
Would I purchase/repurchase?
Do you need it?
Nip & Fab Glycolic Fix Cleanser
SkinCeuticals Purifying Cleanser (in some ingredients only, I’m not really comparing the two here)
Nuance Age Affirm Glycolic Acid Cleanser is $13.99 and available from CVS.