while i tend to be pretty open-minded about clothes, nail polish colors, or changing up my hairstyle, one thing i don't like changing is anything i use on my skin. i've always had super sensitive skin and have had enough allergic reactions to face washes/moisturizers/lotions to know not to mess with it too much. truth be told, i'd been using the same face wash from Neutrogena for several years but wanted to try something new. i took a risk trying out this face cream from Fresh several months ago (at my sister's recommendation) and have loved using it, so i thought i'd give their soy face cleanser a shot. i knew i liked the brand, my skin wouldn't react to it, and it was in that part of the store where you checkout and everything is tiny and (therefore) cheap(er) than the rest of the store and i get sucked in and can't help myself and now we're here.
i love the smell of this cleanser and can tell that it's super gentle, which is what i wanted to start out with. it doesn't dry out my skin and acts as a toner, which i like. the one thing i don't love about it is that i can't feel it cleaning my face. because it's so gentle, it doesn't have any exfoliating beads or stronger ingredients that give you that deep-clean feeling.
so, i was on a mission to try some other cleansers, in hopes of finding a real winner. next up was Zero Oil by Origins. i've talked about my love for their active charcoal mask (it is real and it is deeeeeep), so i figured a cleanser was an obvious next step to try. my skin tends to be a little bit on the oily side, especially in the summer when i'm more prone to sweating. what i love about this cleanser is that it really does remove excess oil, without drying my skin out. in fact, i didn't feel the need to apply a moisturizer until about 10 minutes after using it, which is pretty impressive for me. i could feel it cleaning my skin and love how sudsy it gets. so far, this one is a good one!
i'd also heard a lot about First Aid Beauty, so i picked up the face cleanser to try. this one was also super gentle, which i like. it's a rich and silky cream cleanser, so it's soft and smooth when you're washing your face. it left my skin looking bright and feeling clean without feeling aggressive or too intense.
overall, i'd say they're all winners, it just depends on what type of skin you have and what cleanser you're looking for. if i had to pick a favorite, it would be the one from Origins because it helped with the oily skin part! and that is particularly required during the warm summer months when extra grime builds up on my skin.
have you tried any of these? what did you think?