bareMinerals Exfoliating Treatment Cleanser with RareMinerals ActiveSoil Complex
This clay-based cleanser is not only difficult to use (clay isn't the most elegant ingredient on which to base a cleanser), but also contains several fragrant oils capable of causing irritation. The "100% pure RareMinerals ActiveSoil Complex" offers no special benefit for anyone's skin. In fact, the ingredient label lists it as "soil minerals," which means there is no way to know what is rare (if anything) about what amounts to little more than dirt in this product or to know what you're actually putting on your face. Just because it's a mineral doesn't mean it contains something rare—minerals can contain sulfur, lead, chlorides—how rare does that sound?
Between the problematic ingredients and the abrasive nature of this cleanser, it isn't a treatment we'd suggest you try, especially if having clean skin that isn't dry or tight is your goal. Please see More Info below for details on why irritation is bad for your skin.
- Clay-based formula is difficult to use and tricky to rinse completely.
- Formula contains several fragrant oils that cause irritation.
- Rare "soil minerals" have no research showing they offer any benefit to skin.
The fragrant oils in this somewhat abrasive cleanser cause irritation that hurts skin's healing process and its ability to act younger. If your skin is oily, these irritants can stimulate oil production at the base of the pore, making oily skin worse. Products like this are responsible for skin that appears dry at the surface, but feels oily underneath.
Gently exfoliate, cleanse and renew skin with this water-activated powder cleanser thats powered by our 100% pure RareMinerals ActiveSoil Complex. This concentrated formula delivers a brighter, smoother complexion with smaller-looking pores and a naturally luminous glow.
Bare Escentuals At-a-Glance
Makeup is what this San Francisco-based cosmetics line is primarily about, and they use the pure and natural marketing angle to entice consumers. Founded in 1976 by Diane Ranger, who left the company in the early '90s Bare Escentuals was one of the first brands to introduce the concept of loose powder foundation. Since then, they have moved beyond it to include liquid foundations and tinted moisturizers and an ever expanding line of color cosmetics as well as skincare products.
The products are sold in most Sephora boutiques and Ulta stores, though the full selection of skincare products is most often found at the Bare Escentuals freestanding stores scattered throughout the United States.
We should note that loose powder makeup does take some practice to get the hang of, yet there is no denying that this type of foundation has its fan base. There is a lot to love about Bare Escentuals, even if mineral makeup isn't your thing (especially their price ranges, which have remained affordable in comparison to many of their neighbors at Sephora).
Strengths: Good makeup removers; a few well-formulated powders with SPF; some nice eyeshadows and impressive mascaras; some impressive foundations; several elegant brush options; not too expensive.
Weaknesses: Some of the loose powder products have texture and finish concerns; some of the skincare contain potentially problematic ingredients.
For more information about Bare Escentuals, call 1.888.795.4747 or visit www.bareescentuals.com.
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