CLE Oxygen Foam Cleanser

cle-cosmetics-oxygen-foam-cleanserA 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.

Purpose

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.

Disclaimer: The product mentioned in this post was given to me free of charge. I receive countless products each month, and say nothing about the majority of them; I will only review a product if I think it is worthy of words, either negative or positive. Links are to the easiest and most common retailer. All opinions are my own and do not reflect those of the companies mentioned, nor my employer.

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Lazy Skin Day

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A pile of ‘lazy day’ products have seemingly collected themselves on my vanity; these are products for days when you have things to do and not much time to spare on skin. I am a person who enjoys spending quite a bit of effort on my skin, but if I can find products that cut down on time I am all for that.

IMG_0334First up is cleanse; two to mention, both rather different in concept. Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Micro Water* is a smartly-packaged micellar water with the innovative inclusion of hydrogen water, the same ingredient at the heart of the rather unique Perricone H2 Elemental collection. I recommend this article on hydrogen skincare, but essentially hydrogen is an antioxidant with a unique activity in the skin that up-regulates NRF2, which in turn increases our body’s own antioxidant production. So we have hydrogen, sake, willowbark, royal jelly, and rose all acting to soften, cleanse, and resurface the skin. For those who love that squeaky-clean feeling, this is an incredible one-and-done rinse-off (please rinse it off) cleanse.

For those with a penchant for a traditional cleanser, CLE sent me their Oxygen Foam Cleanser*. This is applied to dry skin where it can dissolve makeup and cleanse the skin in one step, though I would always go in twice on days I am wearing liquid foundation to ensure every last bit is taken away. This too gives that squeaky-clean feeling, and I do enjoy how bright and even-toned my skin looks after application. This does say it assists in promoting the production of collagen, which I am sceptical of, but as a cleanser this is a comfortable option.

I have a few bottles of Avène Thermal Spring Water lying about, and though I have tried and tried to make these work I never see any difference when using them despite having tried Avène’s and both the regular La Roche-Posay and Serozinc. The infusion of minerals is supposed to act as a supplement to the skin, though again I never notice anything different. Nevertheless, I quite enjoy spraying them on my skin mid-day to refresh or before a moisturizer to sheer it out and make it feel lighter. For me this step is necessary whenever I wear Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream*, which I tried to like but just could not get on with. I quite enjoyed it the first few days I used it, but several weeks later my skin had developed red bumps across my temples and even a few hours later I could feel it on my skin. I was rather disappointed because Caroline Hirons just dropped it into her Hall of Fame, and I have heard wonder-stories of people who have replaced most of their routine with this one product. Its claim-to-fame is its inclusion of ceramides, which are lipid molecules that exist in the stratum corneum and protect against water loss and the entrance of foreign substances into the skin. I suppose not every product is for every person, but I still wholeheartedly recommend giving this cream a try if you have compromised, problematic, or mature skin.

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To finish the lazy look, Dior Capture Totale Dreamskin Advanced* is an after-moisturizer skin perfecting serum that provides both instant gratification and long-term benefits to the skin. I am always sceptical of luxe products in higher price brackets, but this is truly remarkable. Within a few minutes its optical powders mildly blur imperfections like moderate dark spots, impart a subtle glow to the skin, minimize the appearance of pores along the top of my cheeks, and subdue minor texture along my jaw. What is unique about this is that it also has long-term benefits, stemming from the inclusion of longoza extract which acts to both increase collagen and elastin production and ease gravity-related sagging, and opilia extract which aids in dark spot correction, red spot correction, and the reduction of visible pore size. Critics say these ingredients are unproven, but if we look at skincare as a whole the only ingredients which are relatively ‘proven’ are ingredients like retinol, hyaluronic acid, glycerin, green tea, and vitamin C and even so, most of these studies are far from extensive nor are they done on the product but rather the ingredient and often tested in vitro rather than in vivo. So in all honesty, if a product makes you look instantly better, makes you happy to use it, and will not kill you, then it is aces in my books.

Disclaimer: Products marked with an asterisk (*) were given to me free of charge. I receive countless products each month, and say nothing about the majority of them; I will only review a product if I think it is worthy of words, either negative or positive. Links are to the easiest and most common retailer. All opinions are my own and do not reflect those of the companies mentioned, nor my employer.

 

6 Beauty Products To Try In 2017

6 New Beauty Products for 2017

It could be just me, but 2017 sounds like the future. It may be the way ‘7’ is drawn, but just writing the number has an air of mystery to it. No matter what lies ahead, there is no better time to discover something new than when beginning a new year. Here is an assortment of six skincare, fragrance, and even a cosmetic product to try. All are on my wishlist, needless to say.

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CCC Cream by CLE Cosmetics. Moving beyond the swoon-worthy packaging—a minimalist’s fantasy, I daresay—is said to bring life to a problematic complexion by blurring imperfections. Five shades are available, and it features not only SPF 45+ but also niacinamide—to even skin tone and calm inflammation—and a host of support botanicals like chrysanthemum, camellia, and blueberry. Find it at Cult Beauty.

Super Seed Facial Oil by Votary. I tried to buy the entire collection, but my financial conscious got the best of me when I saw the customs and duty charges. Votary—sold exclusively by Anthropologie, Liberty, Badezimmer, and Votary itself—is a luxury brand focusing on natural plant oils and actives. Their Super Seed collection, crafted from 21 seed oils, does away with the notion of traditional essential oils and harnesses seeds from grape, pumpkin, cranberry, chia, strawberry, pomegranate, broccoli, and other plants to calm inflammation, soothe irritation, and nourish the skin. They have even launched a nutritional supplement (which I only just realized and now need). Find it on the Votary website.

EradiKate Daily Cleanser by Kate Somerville. A launch I knew was coming months ago, yet surprised me when I noticed it in an email recently as having launched, this cleanser is a nice departure from the traditional ‘acne’ cleansers. Rather than drying the skin or subjecting it to a constant army of acids, this makes use of sulfur to exfoliate the skin, oat extract to balance sebum production, and a bundle of honey extract to calm inflammation, frankincense to reduce scarring, and rice bran to hydrate. I love the concept, and am very excited to give it a try. Find it at Sephora.

Black Leather by Clean. I would never purchase a fragrance in an ugly packaging, so Black Leather is clearly on my list of fragrances to try. With notes of bergamot, black peppercorn, black orchid, juniper, and amber this is sure to be a delight for fans of Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb. Oh, and this black and white packaging? I appreciate it. Find it at Sephora.

Volcasmic Matte Glow Moisturiser by GlamGlow. I hesitated on Cyber Monday when this was available for a limited time, and lived in regret ever since. Fortunately it is back in time for the new year, and oh is this one interesting. A solid balm that melts when spread onto the skin, Volcasmic is formulated to create a matte-yet-natural finish on skin through the use of volcanic minerals and a base of cyclopentasiloxane and dimethicone. I am a tad bit worried about the inclusion of cyclopentasiloxane, which you can read more about on EWG, but I will have to do a bit more research prior making a final call. The TEAOXI Complex in Volcasmic consists of cherry tomato leaf, prickly pear, and vitamin B5 for antioxidants and moisture barrier support. Find it at Sephora.

ZIIP Nano Current Device by ZIIP Beauty. Devices have interested me a great deal in 2016, and I imagine that will continue through the new year as they become more refined and more widely available. Inspired by microcurrent procedures performed at the clinic, ZIIP uses a combination of electrical currents to firm, tighten, brighten, decrease puffiness, reduce under-eye darkness, and prevent acne. So … essentially every skincare concern known to humankind. You can bet any amount of money I will be eyeing this for a while. Find it at Violet Grey or Cult Beauty.

And because I can never restrict myself, here are a few rapid-fire releases on my list.

Pestle & Mortar Double Cleansing System, Oskia Renaissance Mask, Hannes Dóttir Elixir of Minerals, Sunday Riley C.E.O (unreleased), Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser, Perricone MD Pre:Empt Series, Allies of Skin, January Labs, Milk Makeup, RMS Beauty highlighters, MAKE Beauty.