If you suffer from dry skin, you know that it can be a struggle to find the right skincare products to keep skin balanced and hydrated. Cleansers often work against our efforts to keep skin moisturized, as they often further dry out our skin with ingredients like Benzoyl Peroxide, and Salicylic Acid, requiring us to layer on moisturizer just to counteract their effects. Fortunately, there are gentler alternatives that we can swap into our routine, including an array of oil and cream cleansers – one being the Exuviance Gentle Cleansing Creme*. Keep on reading for a little bit of background on this dry-skin friendly product, followed by my Exuviance Gentle Cleansing Creme review.
Exuviance Gentle Cleansing Creme
The Exuviance Gentle Cleansing Creme is a gentle, soap-free cleanser that was created for even the most sensitive of skin. It works to dissolve makeup and impurities, while helping to improve skin’s texture. For a cleanser, it’s highly moisturizing, making it ideal for dry and/or sensitive skin types. It also works as a makeup remover, and can be rinsed or tissued off for a clean, refreshed complexion.
- Formulated with Gluconolactone (PHA) and botanicals to smooth skin texture
- Formulated with skin conditioners and nourishing botanicals to soften and soothe while improving the skin’s texture
- Comfort rich, soap-free formula gently dissolves makeup and impurities without altering the skin’s natural moisture balance
- Lightly hydrates and soothes
- Dye-Free. Paba-Free. Dermatologist and allergy tested.
Recommended for: All skin types, even the most sensitive of skin.
How to Use: First, moisten your hands and face. Then dispense the product onto your fingertips and massage onto the face and neck using an upward circular motion. Tissue off or rinse thoroughly with warm water, and then pat dry.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Isododecane, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/ Dicaprate, Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, PEG-100 Stearate, Triundecanoin, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetyl Alcohol, Octyldodecanol, Stearyl Alcohol, Gluconolactone, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Dimethylpolysiloxane, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Propylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Laureth-7, Polyacrylamide, Disodium EDTA, Chlorphenesin, Methylparaben, Parfum (Fragrance).
Exuviance Gentle Cleansing Creme Review
The Exuviance Gentle Cleansing Creme is incredibly rich and creamy in texture. When applied to the face, it quite literally feels like you’re putting on a hydrating lotion. The formula is so soothing and gentle, yet it effectively removes (most of) your makeup. After rinsing off the cleanser, skin is left feeling plump and hydrated – not at all tight or dry. In fact, the first time I tested out the Exuviance Gentle Cleansing Creme, I waited a good 5 minutes before putting my moisturizer on, and was surprised to find that my skin continued to feel balanced – so much so that I felt like I could have gone without moisturizer.
The one drawback is that, due to it’s extremely gentle formula, the Exuviance Gentle Cleansing Creme doesn’t quite complete the job when it comes to removing more stubborn eye makeup, like waterproof mascaras. You’ll need to use a separate makeup remover to finish the job. If you wear a lot of waterproof/heavy makeup all over the face, I’d suggest using this cleanser only in the mornings, and go with something that provides a ‘deeper’ cleanse in the evenings when you go to wash your makeup away.
Here’s my ‘eye makeup removing test’, where it used both waterproof and regular formulas of mascaras and eyeliners.
From left to right: waterproof mascara, waterproof eyeliner, regular mascara, and regular eyeliner
After using Exuviance Gentle Cleansing Creme on its own (no washcloth, etc). Only the regular mascara was completed removed.
After using Exuviance Gentle Cleansing Creme with a washcloth. Some of the waterproof mascara and eyeliner still remains.
Overall, if you struggle with dry skin, the Exuviance Gentle Cleansing Creme is worth checking out. Its incredibly gentle, soap-free formula cleanses the skin while it soothes and lightly hydrates (how many cleansers can you say that about!?). Skin is left feeling balanced, plump, and oh-so-comforted. You may have to add one extra step to your routine to remove that stubborn eye makeup, but it’s a small sacrifice.
I wouldn’t just stop with dry skin. If you have combination skin (like me) or even oily skin, the Exuviance Gentle Cleansing Creme may help to balance it out. For me personally, I have a pretty oily T-zone and dry cheeks and noticed 1) less oil production on my forehead and nose, and 2) less dryness on my cheeks!
Acne-prone skin, on the other hand, may benefit by alternating it was a deep cleanser (either morning/night, or every other day). On its own, it’s not going to give you the deep-down pore cleansing action to clear congestion, but it may help to slowly balance out your skin and possibly prevent future breakouts.
The Exuviance Gentle Cleansing Creme is priced at $32 on Exuviance’s website and comes is a large 7.2 oz tube. You can also find Exuviance products in retail stores such as Ulta, as well as here on Amazon.
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*sample generously provided for consideration, as always, all opinions are honest and true to my own experience