Barrier+ Foaming Oil Cleanser
Skinfix’s Barrier+ Foaming Oil Cleanser is one of the better face washes for dry skin we’ve encountered recently – one that’s effective, but gentle and hydrating as well.
Packaged in an opaque blue bottle with a pump dispenser, this cleanser’s milky-gel texture transforms to a light foam when mixed with water. It’s easy to spread across skin and does a very good job removing dirt, oil, and makeup (thanks to several gentle cleansing agents). It rinses cleanly, leaving skin feeling softer and smoother.
The softening and smoothing effect is thanks to the nourishing ingredients this contains. Although rinsed from skin, the amount of time they’re in contact with it still results in a cushioning clean. Among the skin-conditioning ingredients are sodium hyaluronate, panthenol (vitamin B5), aloe, jojoba and macadamia oils, and squalane, which is rich in fatty acids. While these inclusions are welcome, we also appreciate what’s left out of this cleanser – irritating ingredients, including harsh cleansers or fragrance. We do want to point out that the claim that this will reduce redness – it’s no more likely to do so than any other well-formulated cleanser.
If your skin falls into the normal to dry category, this is a worthy option to consider!
- Gentle cleansing agents do a good job removing dirt, oil, and makeup.
- Rinses cleanly while leaving skin softer and smoother.
- Contains several conditioning ingredients to nourish dry skin.
- Fragrance free.
Foaming Oil Cleanser is the ultimate daily face wash – approved by derms and adored by beauty editors. A hydrating, creamy oil that lightly foams to wash away dirt and makeup, without stripping your precious lipids. Gentle coconut derived cleansers do the work to clear excess oil, makeup, and dirt, while skin-similar, good fats: squalene, jojoba and macadamia oil, help leave your lipids in even better shape than they found them. A foaming cleanser that thinks it's a treatment product – clinically proven to increase skin hydration, improve tactile smoothness, and reduce visible facial redness and blotchiness.
Canadian-based Skinfix is part of a growing number of skincare brands targeting a particular niche. Instead of trying to solve every skincare issue out there, it has a very specific target audience; in this case, its people who have chronically dry, sensitive skin thats prone to issues like eczema and contact dermatitis.
The brands site begins, as many do, with an origin story that relates the tale of Thomas Dixon, who crafted his own healing ointment for dry and cracked skin in England back in the 1850s. The formula was passed down for generations, and the Dixon family continued to make it after they moved to Nova Scotia decades later, where they eventually sold it in pharmacies. Skinfix as a brand didnt come into being until 2006, when Dixons great-great-great granddaughter decided to make the concept into a skincare company, with the focus remaining on treating chronic skin issues and very dry skin.
For the most part, Skinfix gets it right. The majority of its products are fragrance-free and contain beneficial plant oils, skin-identical ingredients, and anti-irritants in rich, thick balms that will serve to soothe and treat cracked, dry skin. The line also includes gentle cleansers that are mild enough even for use on babies and children, whose skin is still developing.
In fact, the only misstep is the inclusion in a handful of products of fragrant tree resins (such as balsam tolu and benzoin) that could irritate very sensitive skin. They arent in large amounts in any of those formulas, and those with normal skin should have no issues with them, but for the sensitive skin they are designed for, they are not ideal.
Aside from this, Skinfix is a promising brand, with many products we recommend. The brand is available in the United States at Target, C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries, and diapers.com.
Strengths: Mostly gentle, effective formulas to treat dry, sensitive, or eczema-prone skin; packaging keeps ingredients stable; most products are fragrance-free.
Weaknesses: Some products contain tree resins that could potentially irritate sensitive skin.
For more information, visit www.skinfixinc.com or call 1-866-92-PASTE.
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