Argan Cleansing Towelettes
Argan Cleansing Towelettes are good and affordable for what you get—a blend of gentle moisturizing ingredients that help to remove dirt, excess oil, and makeup. They lack any actual cleansing agents, relying instead on plant oils to do the work. This is not unlike using non-fragrant plant oils to remove your eye makeup, and some may not appreciate the residue such oils leave behind. This is an ideal choice for those with dry skin, but is also an option for any skin type, as long as you use your usual cleanser afterward.
Acure included a nice array of non-fragrant plant oils, such as olive, argan, and grape seed, all of which are excellent for skin.
What prevents us from giving this a more enthusiastic recommendation is our concern about its preservative system—Acure lists only potassium sorbate. The brand notes that this is a "food grade" preservative, which is accurate. However, potassium sorbate on its own isn't sufficient to provide protection against both bacteria and mold/yeast—existing research has demonstrated it to be effective only when combined with other preservatives like phenoxyethanol.
Otherwise, we would've loved to give Argan Cleansing Towlettes a five-star rating, as its one of the few mild, fragrance-free makeup removal wipes available at mass-market stores like Target. It is the iffy nature of the preservative system that gives us pause—we arrived at its three-star rating due to the fact that this is largely an oil-based formula, which makes it less risky for contamination than a water-based moisturizer or cleanser formula that is relying on the same preservative.
Note: Acure claims their Argan Cleansing Towlettes remove "environmental toxins," which is just another way of saying "dirt and grime." They couldn't be referring to the claim of detoxing skin, as skin doesn't hold on to any types of toxins. See More Info for additional details.
- Contains mild emollient ingredients to remove makeup.
- Won't leave skin feeling dry or tight.
- Unless you have dry skin, you'll likely want to rinse after using these wipes due to the emollients they leave behind.
Be gorgeous on-the-go! Gently remove makeup, dirt, sweat, environmental toxins, and that mustard from the corner of your mouth. No splashy rinsing necessary. Whether you're running errands, at the office, working out, too lazy to wash your face, or in the middle of a blind date with someone who is waaaay hotter than you expected, these handy little all-natural biodegradable Argan Oil towelettes refresh, cleanse, soothe, and detoxify on the spot!
Acure operates with the mission statement of using only the purest, most effective fair trade, natural and organic ingredients available. At first glance, there are a lot of interesting products in the line, as Acure includes a great deal of antioxidants and other beneficial ingredients in their formulas. Unfortunately, on closer inspection of the brand, we found quite a few inconsistencies.
First the good news: Along with the inclusion of antioxidants at nearly every turn, Acure made the effort to avoid jar packaging, which is beneficial in terms of protecting the abundance of anti-aging ingredients their products contain. They are also exceptionally affordable products, an increasing rarity in the cosmetics industry.
On the other hand, Acure stretches the boundaries of belief when it comes to what some ingredients are capable of, such as plant stem cells. While fruit and plant stem cells can function as antioxidants, they cannot lift skin, repair wrinkles, or affect the skins own growth factors when added to a skincare product. Not only are plant stem cells unable to substitute for the body's own stem cells, but also they (like all stem cells) must be alive to function. Once these delicate cells are added to skin care products, they are long dead and, therefore, useless. Plant stem cells make for a good story, but the research simply isn't there to support their use in skin care or the claims attributed to them.
One point worth noting: when we originally reviewed Acure in 2015, much of the brand's focus was on so-called toxic or harmful ingredients found in other brands' skin care products that were not present in its own. This has since shifted to a much more positive approach targeted on the quality of ingredients Acure uses as opposed to any unnecessary fearmongering.
For more information on Acure, visit www.acure.com or call 1-877-902-2873.
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