A good cleanser is something I seem to be forever looking for. My expectations are not high, I just want a good cleanser; nothing fancy, just clean my face and leave it comfortable. While this is not my idea of the perfect cleanser, CLE has formulated a brilliant choice for someone who has relatively nice skin and just wants to take the day away in the evening or start the day with a bright face.
Removes makeup, cleanses skin, and works as a mask.
What’s so special about it?
It bubbles on your face, and though it is gimmicky and serves no quantifiable purpose it is fun. It cleanses using a gentle blend of surfactants cleanse along with calming plant extracts, which makes it an all-around good cleanser.
How does it work?
Oxygen gas is necessary to the production of collagen in the skin, so theoretically a product that can supplement the levels of oxygen gas in the skin would be anti-aging. To create a product that bubbles on the skin, oxygen is dissolved in perfluorocarbons. When activated, the formula releases the oxygen on the skin causing a tingling sensation that is very pleasant to experience, but also theoretically introduces more oxygen gas into the skin. You can read more about them in this comprehensive article on Lab Muffin, but the only thing you need to know is that rinse-off oxygenating skincare products have no research to substantiate any claims that the oxygen can permeate into the skin and provide any tangible benefit. CLE does make the claim that the oxygen in its product is what makes it anti-aging, which I will categorically disagree with, but I enjoy it too much to focus on that blunder.
How often would I use it?
Every evening on dry skin to dissolve makeup before going in with a second cleanse. This could be used as a one-and-done cleanser if you do not wear makeup/lead a simple life, or as a quick mask for a few moments of peace.
Results and thoughts
I would never have bought this for myself, but I do rather enjoy it. Yes it is loaded with plant extracts, and yes the anti-aging claims are a bit much, but I like this. After a long monotonous day the oxygenating sensation is incredibly peaceful and I rather enjoy the thirty seconds I spend looking in the mirror watching my face bubble; it is cathartic to watch the day be metaphorically dissolved. As a cleanser it leaves my skin rather comfortable, and it takes away medium-coverage foundation without fail. The packaging is simple, CLE’s Instagram account is a delight, and I am inspired to try their CCC Cream when I am finished with my mountain of colour products. Bravo, CLE, for making a product that is aesthetically pleasing and able to calm my nattering mind down, if only for thirty seconds.
Find CLE Oxygen Foam Cleanser at CLE Cosmetics.
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