Deep Clean Pore Mineral Cleanser
Deep Clean Pore Mineral Cleanser combines detergent cleansing agents with soap-like ingredients to create a formula that cleanses almost too well; in fact, unless your skin is very oily, it's likely to leave your skin feeling tight and dry. Over-cleaning skin is really too harsh for all skin types.
Despite the word "mineral" in the name, minerals have little to do with cleaning skin, and zero when the only mineral in the product is iron oxides, which is a cosmetic pigment. Iron oxides cannot remove impurities "like a magnet for a deep, down-to-the-pores clean" as claimed. Although iron oxides are used to make the magnetic stripes on credit cards (really!), there's no research showing these pigments have magnetic properites on skin (if they did you could just swipe your credit card across your skin to clean out your pores! Just kidding, but you get the point).
It contains kaolin, a clay often used in absorbent masks for oily skin, but you're not going to leave this cleanser on skin long enough to get the benefits of an absorbent mask (at least you shouldn't, because doing so can dry out and possibly sensitize skin).
Deep Clean Pore Mineral Cleanser absolutely cleanses and can remove excess oil and makeup, but we suspect most people will find this too drying and that is not good skincare for any skin type. See our list of Best Cleansers for preferred alternatives.
- Thoroughly removes makeup and oil.
- Leaves oily skin looking matte and diminishes the look of pores.
- Foaming formula rinses easily.
- Leaves tight dry feeling on skin, which is problem for all skin types.
- The soap-like ingredients can dry out skin.
- The "mineral complex" it contains cannot draw out impurities like a magnet as claimed.
Starting decades ago with the now-classic Oil of Olay, this brand now offers an extensive range of skin-care products sold at drugstores and mass-market stores. Today's Olay lineup for those concerned about staving off the effects of aging skin is impressive, comprising their Regenerist, Pro X, and Total Effects lines. All of these (and several other Olay products) contain the B vitamin niacinamide. As you might expect, the claims made for it are inflated, but niacinamide is a very helpful ingredient for all skin types, capable of exerting multiple benefits.
In fact, perhaps the biggest complaint about Olay is that there are a number of repetitive formulas within and between the sub-brands make this line confusing and tricky to shop! Still, there is a lot to like about this drugstore stalwart, with its main drawback being a few formulas containing fragrance or other ingredients that have the potential to cause irritation.
For more information about Olay, owned by Procter & Gamble, call (800) 285-5170 or visit www.olay.com.
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