This lotion is aimed as its name suggests, at sensitive skin, and on the front of the bottle says it is an “oil-fighting formula cleanses effectively and helps prevent spots”.
It also says “for sensitive skin cleanses your skin gently but effectively to remove everyday build-up of oil, dirt and grease. It is totally effective as a single-step cleanser to clean thoroughly and help prevent spots. It can also be used to refresh, tone and tighten pores after washing” on the back of the bottle.
At £2.99 in Boots (use the link above for more information), and a 200ml bottle, you have a reasonable amount of product for the money you pay. You can also buy this product in Superdrug and some supermarkets, so it is easy to get hold of. I bought mine from my local supermarket, although I normally buy skin care products from drugstores like Boots and Superdrug.
As someone with oily and slightly sensitive skin, I am always interested to try out skin care products that can help tackle both the oiliness of my skin, but also do so without causing my skin to develop rashes, acne or tightness to the skin. So with this in mind, you can understand why this product appealed to me: it seemed like it would do both, and cost only a few pounds. To note: I’ve been using this product for just over a month, although I have a separate skin care routine for the weekends, however I do take my different routines into consideration when testing products. What I do like is how after using this product for a month, I still have plenty in there, so if you do find this product works for you, you’re not going to run out of it quickly.
The product comes in a reasonably sturdy plastic container with a plastic cap, which from personal experience shouldn’t burst open if you accidentally knock it off a desk or the sink. This is something I’ve found useful if I’m getting ready in a rush since I’m currently in university and sometimes getting up in the morning can feel extremely difficult. This also means that you can transport this home or when travelling without needing to feel concerned about the possibility of the cap breaking off or opening while you’re on a train or on a bus, etc.
As for the lotion itself: I like that this product is a watery based lotion. I’m fond of using gel-based cleansers for my oily skin as they don’t clog my skin. However, if I am in a rush, it’s not ideal for cleaning my skin as quickly and as effectively as I can. Which makes this product very convenient. I simply use a cotton pad, pour several drops of the product on and wipe my face and neck gently to avoid unnecessary harsh rubbing or tugging of the skin.
On the skin, the lotion is light and definitely doesn’t clog my pores. It does manage to clean any residue off my skin in the morning, so it definitely works well to remove oil, as it claims on the back of the bottle. If you have large pores or blackheads, I did find this helped to remove some of the gunk, although this isn’t to a large extent. It’s something that has worked over time, and it should be considered that it wasn’t an instant result for my skin. But I do have some blackheads and whiteheads, so this hasn’t been a cure for me.
As far as how the product works for my oiliness: it cleans the skin well for a fresh start to the day. However, I do need to rely on other skin care products for sebum control and keeping my skin hydrated. So I can’t suggest this if you want a minimal skin care routine. However, as I’ve said, it’s a great cleanser if you want to clean the skin to a nice canvas for your other products to work well on top of, particularly as the product is true to its word as it does tighten the pores. So if you want to skip buying a toner, this product will likely work well for you to avoid spending extra money, especially when you consider how cheap the product is.
One of the key things that did bother me about this product though was the slight stinging sensation it left on my skin. Although it claims to be designed for sensitive skin, the use of alcohol (alcohol denat.) is what I understand to be one of the ingredients that has irritated my skin, as alcohol can have this effect on some people. This irritation may not be the case for all skin types, but it was something of concern to me when I read the ingredients list (I took the risk and bought the product anyway as many products have alcohol in them, although I do try to avoid alcohol in my skin care products).
A minor factor about this product as well is it’s smell: it smells in my opinion similar to products used for sterilising equipment, and my understanding is that the alcohol is the reason for this. I personally don’t mind the smell too much as it doesn’t last very long. However, some people may find this smell off-putting and for some people it could be irritating as well if they’re sensitive to fragrance.
Overall, this isn’t a bad product. It works well for its primary purpose: it cleanses well and leaves the skin feeling noticeably cleaner, and is very convenient if you need to clean your skin quickly and don’t want to worry over the possibility of residue of the product left on the skin. The only drawbacks from my own experience is the slight irritation it causes, which should be considered as it is a product aimed at people with sensitive skin.
Would I buy this again? It’s an effective cleanser which does its job, so I wouldn’t say no based on it’s ability for its designed purpose. However, I wouldn’t buy this again because of the irritation it cause for me skin, which I would rather look for another cleanser which doesn’t do this. However, if you don’t suffer from irritation very easily, then this cleanser is a cheap and easy to find cleanser which provides good results.
If you’ve tried this product, what was your experience? I’d love to hear from you.