I know a lot of people say "actives do not perform in facial cleansers" and they are parroting the revered however undeserving cosmetics cop. If you go to Paula's Choice and look at her cleansers...they are full of actives. So the old "it only washes down the drain" phrase in non sense.
Neostrata's Gel Cleanser for all skin types has 4% Glycolic acid. It is a fairly average cleanser, non irritating and it does brighten and exfoliate the skin to a mild degree. It's not the best Ive used, but it's certainly average.
I would buy it again...but the price is silly
I can't change my rating but I would give this gel cleanser a "You Betcha" and the rating would be better in effectiveness.
As far as effectiveness and quality I would give this cleanser an equal 4.5. At first I was "purging" and in most cases this is a myth-purging, except in the case of products with actives that increase collagen and cell turn-over. Naturally with an increased rate of turn-over one must lightly exfoliate with a AHA or those cells clog pores. I chose First Aid Beauty facial radiance pads and after a little more time I will review that product
About this cleanser: rather simple ingredients, but I can see people being a little paranoid about them. This is not a Crunchy-Greenwashed product, but it's not filled with sulphates and parabens. It also lacks in fatty alcohols (such as stearic acid and cetyl alcohol) which cause my hands to become full of eczema and make my skin rough and clogged. The gel is slightly pearlescent, unscented and low lathering. There is *some* dryness at first, but my skin has adjusted. I use a pretty heavy moisturizer though.
So yes, I would buy this again, in fact I plan to..when I can save up the $$. That's the weak point. This gel cleanser is exceptionally simple and so, much too overpriced for what it is and does. Still, I have such cranky skin, I will buy it again because I get good results without irritation.
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