Lets face it, cleansing is one of the most important steps in our routines, and to be honest cleansing is a slippery slope. There are so many different skin types out there and naturally a different cleanser by different brands that can cater for each skin type. There is definitely not a ‘one size fits all option’ I mean, I wish there was but it would be virtually impossible. Some may say its extra to have a gentle morning cleanser and an evening oil cleanser, and a cream cleanser and a powder cleanser (recent discovery weird one I know) but your skin is changing everyday dependent on the weather and your hormones and that really bad product you used which is now breaking you out needs a very gentle cleanser, certainly free from parabens and fragrances.
When I heard Dr Sam was creating her own cleanser, my reaction is similar to that of God and the creation story. In awe and very curious. Could God really create the world in seven days? A similar question springs to mind with Dr Sam. Can Dr Sam really create the ultimate ‘no-faff’ AM and PM cleanser?
The lowdown: Dr Sam’s Flawless Cleanser has been formulated with no parabens, no fragrances and no nasties. It has been created for use in the AM and PM, you can use more or less for each meridiem. The product is clear and has the consistency of a thick gel. Dr Sams Flawless Cleanser has been created to remove make up, though Dr Sam advises that we remove our eye make up first (a lesson I have now learnt the hard way) and also effective enough to remove SPF. Massage into the face for one minute and rinse with warm water!
As a morning cleanser: This cleanser is unfortunately too strong to be used in my morning cleanse, it had no majorly bad effects at all. It left my face feeling extra clean, but, it also left my face gasping for moisture afterwards which is one of my pet peeves for a product. I wanted to love this product as a dual am/ pm cleanser but unfortunately my dehydrated skin just doesn’t need a cleanser as efficient as this one in the mornings.
As a make up remover: VERY effective, massage for one minute as recommended on the bottle to cut through make up effectively. I ALWAYS feel a need to double cleanse but with this cleanser and the one minute massaging there is no need. My face feels clean after I wash it off with tepid (not hot!) water. I use white flannels to pat my face dry after and there was no make up on them after wards which was a big win for me. If I use this as a make up remover there is literally no dryness as when I use it for a morning cleanse. Dr Sam’s Flawless Cleanser, did remove my eye make up quite well but it STINGS. This is my own fault as Dr Sam does advise that you remove eye make up before using it anyway, so I will be avoiding this mis hap again. *crying stinging eyes face*
As a PM cleanser with SPF: My most recent problem has actually been trying to find a cleanser, that isn’t an oil cleanser and isn’t a scrub, to effectively remove my sunscreen for the days I don’t wear any make up. This cleanser really removes the sun screen well and leaves me with bright and flawless skin. But again my face does need moisture straight after I have used it. For me this isn’t a problem at all, but already having quite dry skin it does make me worry about why it gets dry with this product.
Overall this product receives a yes from me. To have a product which is an effective make up remover and cleanser that doesn’t require a double cleanse is a big win for me. It also cuts through my SPF to remove it effectively and this is what I have been searching for in a cleanser. My skin is most of the time dehydrated which is why this product can not be used in the AM for me. I’m sure for most other people it will be fine. This product is definitely staying on my shelf this summer.