Good day! I hope your Friday is treating you well. Today, I want to review a product I’ve been using in my pre-shower routine for the past month or so, which is the Calm Skin Skincare Soothing Facial Cleanser. I picked this up from Superdrug, and is under their branding. You can view it here if you’re curious to see the store’s page on this product. The product itself retails for £2.99, which is extremely affordable in my opinion, which made trying this out more appealing for my very limited budget.
The Calm Skin line focuses on irritated and sensitive skin types, with chamomile being a consistent headline ingredient for this line. As someone who drinks chamomile tea, I’m familiar with chamomile being a great muscle relaxant when ingested, so it doesn’t require much imagination from me to picture it as a soothing ingredient when applied topically. My skin is oily and sensitive, so I gravitated towards this cleanser as I find I can only tolerate cleansers catered for oily skin types during the summer months. So when I saw this line in Superdrug a month or so ago, I thought this was the ideal sort of product for the winter time when I am being especially careful not to over-cleanse or strip my skin.
So what does this cleanser claim to do, to quote the back of the tube (apparently my photos can look clear on my device, but look terrible when imported, I’m still working on this):
“This Soothing Facial Cleanser will instantly calm and soothe your skin while deeply cleansing to remove excess oil, dirt and impurities. This lightweight formulation instantly refreshes and purifies, helping to improve and condition and texture your skin.”
Before I talk about my experience with the product, I want to talk you through my typical routine when I use it, as this will play a part into how it works on my skin. So before we even open the tube, I make sure to run the tap so I have warm to almost-hot water to open up my pores, and then tap the warm water over my skin. Normally, I’d pat my skin dry with a towel, but I find the cleanser lathers up best when your skin is still wet. This is something I’ve accidentally practiced as some days I pat my skin dry and then felt disappointed that the cleanser didn’t lather up properly. When my skin is wet, I then take my Soap & Glory Face Massage Mini-Mitt, which I talked about my in Hollypop’s Bathroom Facial Tools post. I squeeze out a small dollop on to the mitt, then run some hot water over the mitt then massage my face, avoiding the eye area. This routine works really well so far, as the mitt helps provide some gentle exfoliation, and the cleanser leaves my skin feeling really refreshed and ready for the next step of my pre-shower routine, which is when I apply my face masks, which I won’t be talking about today.
To elaborate further on this product, I find the cleanser does feel lightweight on the skin, although this is because I use a very small dollop on my massage mitt at a time. I find this is more than enough to cleanse my entire face. So my much loved policy of “a little goes a long way” applies to this product, which I’m extremely happy about. I haven’t tried using large amounts at a time, simply because it feels wasteful to do so.
One of the things that can make or break a product for me is the scent it might have, and I don’t find there is much of a scent. What little there is, is very refreshing and is a very faint chamomile scent – which ties in to the headline ingredient of this line. However, if you’re sensitive to fragrance, I do not think this will be a problem for you, but I don’t think it’s a bad idea to exercise caution anyway.
I talked about the product being lightweight, but I want to talk about this in a little bit more depth. It’s a gel consistency but it’s very lightweight, and doesn’t feel like it suffocates the skin. It lathers up very easily on wet skin, but it doesn’t lather up so easily that it’s difficult or tricky to control. This is something that I can find a nuisance with some gel and most foam cleansers, so I think the texture of this cleanser is just right. It’s extremely convenient to use and isn’t tricky to wash off.
I haven’t found this cleanser to be overly drying for my skin either, but this is mostly attributed to the fact that I use this before I shower, where I use two different types of masks. On the rare day I tried to use this before my regular day time skincare routine, I didn’t find this to be hydrating, but it also didn’t dry out my skin either. It prepared my skin really nicely for my day time toner, so I’m quite content with recommending this cleanser for almost any skin type. The only reason I “almost” any skin type, is because I don’t have the perspective of someone with very dry skin, so I think it’s worth reading a blogger’s review who does have a dry skin type to get their perspective instead.
Overall, I’m really happy with this product. I can’t talk about how it works with removing traces of makeup as it’s a pre-makeup/shower step for me, but I can happily write this product down as a go-to for winter once I’ve exhausted my stash of cleansers.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, it means a lot to me that you take time out of your day to read my posts. I hope you are happy and healthy, and the weekend treats you well!