A Tale of Two Cleansers

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I’m obsessed with skincare, and I’m always trying out cleansers because you can tell pretty quickly whether a cleanser works the way you want it to. Plus, while I have a few cleansers that I love, I’m convinced that there are still really good ones out there that are worth trying. The two new additions to my cleanser collection are the Algenist Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Melting Cleanser, and the Clinique Redness Solutions Soothing Cleanser, I’ve used these for a while, and think that these are two cleansers that are perfect for dry skin. The former being more so suited for fall/winter, and the latter is perfect year-round, but especially for spring/summer.

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The Clinique Redness Solutions Soothing Cleanser has a cream-gel texture that I think also makes it perfect for use during the spring/summer months because it feels light on the skin (compared to just a cream/balm cleanser). I can’t speak on the claims to reduce redness as I don’t experience redness, and as for the soothing claims, it does contain cucumber extract which can be soothing, but I can’t say whether the cleanser as a whole will be enough to soothe serious skin flare ups as I don’t experience those either. I also can’t speak on it’s ability to properly remove makeup because I am exclusively using the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm for makeup removal (already reviewed), and I use all my other cleansers as a second cleanse (or first if I’m not wearing makeup and/or sunscreen). People who are sensitive to fragrance might appreciate that it’s fragrance-free, and those who are prone to comedogenic breakouts might like that it is oil-free. I’ve also used it around my eyes, and it didn’t irritate them.

The texture is quite interesting because it definitely feels like a gel, but when I massage it into the skin there is this really creamy quality about it that I like, and I think creates a nice slip that is optimal for a facial massage (if you’re into that). I clean it off with a wash cloth, and have never felt a filmy/greasy residue, it gives me a proper cleanse while leaving my skin feeling comfortable and hydrated. Clinique’s website claims that it “smooths with mild exfoliation”, that could possibly be due to the lactobacillus ferment (lactic acid, maybe?). I’m not exactly sure what the exfoliating ingredient is by looking at the ingredient list, but I haven’t noticed any effects of that from using this cleanser specifically. It’s $23 for 5 fl. oz (150 ml), which I think is a good price for what I consider to be a well formulated product. Nice tube packaging too, although sometimes it’s a little hard to control how much product comes out.

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The Algenist Genius Ultimate Anti-aging Melting Cleanser is unlike any of the other cleansers that I own. It starts off as a thick gel, but as you massage it into the skin, it melts to an oil , you can go one step further and turn it into a milk by wetting your hands and continuing to massage. In it’s oily state, just like the Clinique cleanser, it creates a nice slip that is optimal for a facial massage. I really enjoy using this cleanser in the fall/winter because it cleanses well but makes my skin feel soft and moisturized, this is probably due to the fact that it contains olive, avocado, and sweet almond oils. Every time I’ve used it, I’ve always cleansed it off with a washcloth so I’ve never felt that it left a filmy/greasy residue.

This is a cleanser that I think people with normal to very dry skin will really appreciate, I would also recommend it for oily skins, but I think it ultimately depends on whether you like the feel of such an oily product. If you’re sensitive to scents, I would suggest passing up on this one, or at least testing it out in the store first, because it has a strong added fragrance that I can’t describe, and it lingers until you wash it off. There are also claims that it is good for removing makeup, but I can’t attest to that, because I’ve never used it to remove makeup, however, I will say that I have used it around my eyes and it has never irritated them. Overall, I think it’s an awesome product, and is slowly inching its way into my top 5 cleansers. It’s $38 for 5 fl. oz (150ml) which is the standard size for most higher end cleansers. It’s a higher price than what I’m generally willing to pay for a cleanser, but it has some great ingredients, nice tube packaging that gives you control over how much product you want to use, and with this stuff a little goes a long way.

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