Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Glossier: Milky Jelly Cleanser

177ml | £15 from here

A good cleanser should melt away daily grime and impurities without leaving your skin stripped of its natural oils. It shouldn't be strongly scented or irritate the eye area. Trust me, it's not worth tearing up every single night for squeaky clean skin. Note, stay away from the January Labs Pure & Gentle Cleansing Gel unless you're a bit of a masochist. One word - ouch!

What that bottle do?
Glossier claim that their Jelly Cleanser is the ultimate face wash. Apparently it:

  • is pH-balanced 
  • Dissolves makeup on wet and dry skin
  • Leaves skin feeling healthy and soft
  • Is safe to use around the eye area
  • Is free from parabens, sulfates and animal testing
  • Is vegan, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic 

The packaging immediately gets two thumbs up from me solely because it has a pump. There's nothing worse than fumbling around with bottle caps and squeeze tubes when you have wet hands. The pump dispenses a sufficient amount of product and stops everything from getting messy.

The cleanser itself has a gel-like consistency and is pale pink in colour. It has a delicate floral aroma thanks to the second ingredient being rose water. It smells like actual flowers, not perfume-y or sickly, artificiality scented. Rose water contains an abundance of antioxidants which helps to protect the skin from premature anti ageing1



Application and results
Glossier say that you can use the cleanser dry and wet. I prefer the latter as I find it difficult to spread the product across my dry face without tugging and dragging my skin. So what I do is use the Jelly Cleanser as a second cleanse. I first remove my makeup and sunscreen with some sweet almond oil. I leave it on for about 5 minutes so that it breaks apart all of the product and then rinse off with a pump of cleanser. I then go in with another pump to ensure my face is thoroughly clean. If I've been wearing a heavy face of makeup that day I'll go in with an additional pump or two to ensure that my face is thoroughly cleansed.

The gentle formula means that you can use it around your eyes however, I find that it struggles to remove all eye makeup, especially mascara - waterproof or not. I don't mind it too much since I like to use a cotton bud dipped in some castor to remove leftover mascara and eyeliner. I hear that castor oil is great for growing hair - who doesn't want thick, luscious lashes and brows? Fingers crossed.

Would I re-purchase?
Yup. It satisfies my skin's needs. It cleans sufficiently without leaving my skin feeling tight and uncomfortable. Practical packaging, smells good and doesn't sting my eyes. It's a decent all round cleanser for those who wear light to medium makeup on an everyday basis (or nothing at all)! For those who prefer the daily glam, I would opt for something a little more heavy duty.  

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Propanediol, Isohexadecane, Poloxamer 184, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Xylitylglucoside, Betaine, Allantoin, Glycerin, Panthenol, Symphytum Officinale Root Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Anhydroxylitol, Polysorbate 80, Xylitol, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Isopropyl Myristate, Benzoic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide

References
1https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3586833/