Aaaaand, we’re back! Disappeared for a bit there, but I’m definitely back. I decided to take that quick break to really gather my thoughts on the blog and my stash, but now that I have it all figured out, let’s get to work!
Today’s #SampleSunday is another face product. I know, I know, I use a ton of new face products, but its all in the name of blogging. Up for review is the NeoStrata Restore Facial Cleanser.* NeoStrata claims this product to, “start your skin care regimen with a soap-free facial cleanser that gently exfoliates without drying the skin.” Additionally, NeoStrata claims the inclusion of Polyhydroxy Acid Gluconolactone provides anti-aging benefits and that the cleansing removes impurities and makeup and is ideal for all skin types and is gentle enough for those with sensitive or acne-prone skin.
As per usual, we’ll first take a look at the ingredients, the claims and then my experience. If you’re ready, let’s get to it! Starting off with the ingredients (as listed on CosDNA):
Water, Gluconolactone, Triethanolamine, Polyquaternium-10, Propylene Glycol, PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycine, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Panthenol, Sodium Chloride, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol
Starting with the ingredients, the product does contain Polyhydroxy Acid (Gluconolactone). In addition, the product also contains Sodium Laureth Sulfate. So is the product “soap-free?” Well, not quite. SLES and SLS are fairly similar in function and are both surfactants. Also, this cleanser does contain parabens. Now, you know I’ve linked and briefly discussed parabens, so I won’t be going into that. But if you feel some way about parabens, then just know they are present in the formula. Additionally, there are some preservatives, but again, its up to you. Also, the claims state the cleanser is PABA-free, but this typically is a statement for sunscreens, not cleansers.
Now on to the look and feel of the product. The product has a bit of a funky “no fragrance” scent, but it isn’t horrible. It’s a noticeable scent if you actively go to smell it, but otherwise undetectable when in use. As you can see below, the cleanser is fairly clear and doesn’t really bubble when wet (top right). There are some suds if you actively rub, but very few.
Overall, my experience with this cleanser was really pleasant. I definitely recommend for all skin types due to how easy it is on the skin. My skin felt clean, but not stripped and I didn’t have any sort of negative reaction to it. If anything, I would be suggesting my teen and pre-teen use this.
If you’re looking to purchase the NeoStrata Restore Facial Cleanser, that’ll set you back $34/6.8oz; around $5/oz. The only other comparison I have to this that I’ve tried is the Too Cool For School Sitkoza Cleansing Gel ($20/5.07oz, $3.94/oz). While I do think the NeoStrata cleanser is much more gentle, the Too Cool For School cleanser is much cheaper and does the job just the same.
What do you think of the NeoStrata Restore Facial Cleanser? Would you splurge for this sensitive skin find or grab a more cost effective dupe? Let me know in the comments! Also, tell me what you’re favorite sensitive skin cleansers are! I’d love to start adding to my wishlist!
Hope you all have a wonderful day and thank you so much for being patient with me! 💗