26 June 2014

Two Non-Stripping Gel Cleansers

Me and cleansers of the gel kind have never really found common ground. Past experiences have left my already dry complexion feeling parched and in need of a nice long skin drink - plus, they've never felt as luxe as the other textures I'd glazed on. Alas, one after the other has weened their way into my cleansing clan by playing the morning wakeup wash role, have seriously surpassed expectations and I've been left with no choice but to hand it to this non-stripping two...

I owe it to Oskia's Renaissance Cleansing Gel for elbow nudging me into giving the gel kind a second try. When spread through the palms, it warms to more of an oily texture, melting into the skin and melting away the build up of impurities as I've slept. Post-hot cloth removal, mon visage is left nourished, smooth and juicy - I'll put that down to it's loverly looking inci list; a variety of vitamins for restorative and resurfacing properties, starflower oil as an awesome source of Omega 6 and pumpkin enzymes for a mild sloughing - plus it pumps out pink, what more could you want?

With a tick in the box for the latter, I next got involved with Perricone MD's Nutritive Cleanser. First things first, the second ingredient listed is the dreaded SLS, Sodium Laureth Sulphate - but hear me out. Usually found hiding in shampoos and body washes, this one's known for its lathering up properties which can be super drying on your strands and skin, hence why it's not welcome in my face care, but the rest of this cleansers contents somehow seem to balance things out as it doesn't leave my complexion feeling tight or dry. Instead, it strips the skin of filth but not of its natural oils, revealing brighter, softer skin that has actually imparted a dose of moisture, and if the cleanses are kept up, the appearance of visible pores is minimised, as is discolouration and uneven skin tone is smoothed out. I'm not gonna lie, the baby powder-esque whiff took a little getting used to but I've seriously grown to enjoy slathering this on my skin AM. On that note, one pump goes a long way - I apply to slightly damp skin to get it working. And this stuff works. It works gooood. 

So I take it back, not all gel textured cleansers leave tight, dry or stripped results and if this is something you're hunting down, I highly urge you to give either of these a whirl. Happy cleansing. 


  1. Both of these sounds lovely! Annoying you can't see how much is left in the Oskia one though.

    Kate xo // www.beautybabbles.com

  2. I'm similar, gel cleansers have never felt good on my skin! I've heard the Oskia one be more so described as a cleansing balm, it sounds really nice though!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

  3. I've heard this from you before Aerin - you've GOT to buy it ;-)

  4. Yes it really is, lovely stuff! I'm sure you'd adore it just as much ;-)

  5. Ah I know, that's the only bummer - but I'll always have back ups just incase ;-)

  6. Rachael Stewart26 June 2014 at 21:22

    Have you tried the Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel? It's one of my all time favourites, and one I go back to time and time again.. It starts out as a gel but then melts into a oil on contact with the skin, and is super effective at removing make-up! Would love to try the Oskia Renaissance Cleanser, definitely next on my list! x


  7. Hi Jessica, lovely to hear some positive thoughts on Gel Cleansers, they can get a hard time of it sometimes!
    Hope you don't mind me posting but we'd love to send you a sample of Oqibo Purifying Cleanser & Toner to try. It puts back what cleansing usually takes away and conditions (rather than offering traditional toning effects) the skin for a clean and comfortable cleanse. I don't want to spam your thread with web addresses etc but if you'd like to try it out please do contact me naomi.pickin@oqibo.co.uk and we'd be happy to send some over to you!
    N x

  8. Which one of these two would you recommend to someone with dry, sensitive skin? x

  9. I LOVE the Oskia Renaissance gel! Have back ups of my back ups lol. Ever since I started following you I've wanted to try the perricone MD one. Should I try it or stick with Oskia? x



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