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Acure

Facial Cleansing Crème Argan Oil + Mint

4.00 fl. oz. for $ 14.99
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Facial Cleansing Creme Argan Oil + Mint could have been a viable option for those with normal to dry skin. Despite the use of mild cleansing agents and emollient plant oils, things go awry upon closer inspection of the ingredient list—it doesn't appear to be complete. This is problematic as there's no way to know what this cleanser really contains; thus, we can't be confident about recommending it.

Described as an extra-gentle, creamy cleanser, this does benefit from a number of rich emollients that create a creamy texture. It also contains several fruit extracts and antioxidants with benefit for skin, but they're almost entirely wasted in this type of product. Antioxidants, to perform their free-radical protection function, must remain on skin—not be rinsed away as is the case with a cleanser.

This isn't as gentle as you might think; however, it does contain a number of fragrant essential oils, such as sage, lemongrass, and spearmint. Fragrance-free is always best for skin, especially for those with sensitivity issues like rosacea.

There's also the issue of an ingredient list that doesn't disclose everything in the manner required by U.S. and international cosmetic regulations. (We're sure you would agree that's a problem—see More Info for these important details.)

If all the aforementioned weren't unfortunate enough, there also is the problematic nature of the preservative—Acure lists only potassium sorbate as the sole preservative ingredient. 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.

Facial Cleansing Creme Argan Oil + Mint leaves us with too many concerns to recommend—hence, the rating—especially when there are plenty of alternatives from other brands that don't present this product's potential risks. Check out our recommendations on the list of Best Cleansers (Including Cleansing Cloths) for superior options.

One last note: Please totally ignore the claims made about the plant and fruit stem cell ingredients this product contains (see More Info if you wish to read the considerable details explaining why). The notion that plant stem cells can "renew dormant cells, repair damaged cells, or regenerate healthy cells" may be true for a plant, but it isn't true for human skin.

This product is listed on the Acure website as "Facial Cleansing Creme" but "Facial Cleansing Creme Argan Oil + Mint" is what appears on the product's packaging.

Pros:
  • Contains mild cleansing agents.
  • Contains a number of beneficial moisturizing ingredients.
Cons:
  • Preservative system appears to be inadequate.
  • Ingredient list appears to be inaccurate, so you can't know what it is you're putting on your face.
  • Claims about the benefits of stem cells in skincare products are greatly exaggerated.
  • Fragranced, which isn't the best for sensitive skin.
More Info:Stem Cells in Skincare: Stem cells are cells present in animals and plants that are capable of becoming any other type of cell in that organism and of producing more of those cells. Despite the fact that stem cell research is in its infancy, many cosmetics companies claim they are successfully using plant-based or human-derived stem cells in their anti-aging products. The claims run the gamut, from reducing wrinkles to elastin repair and cell regeneration, so the temptation for consumers to try these is intense.

The truth is that stem cells in skin-care products do not work as claimed. In fact, they likely have no effect at all because stem cells must be alive to function as stem cells. Once these delicate cells are added to skincare products, they are long dead and, therefore, useless.

Plant stem cells, such as those derived from apples, melons, flowers, and rice, cannot stimulate stem cells in human skin, but because they are from plants they likely have antioxidant properties. Actually, it's a good thing plant stem cells can't work as stem cells in skin-care products; after all, you don't want your skin to absorb cells that can grow into apples or watermelons!

There are also claims that because a plant's stem cells allow a plant to repair itself or to survive in harsh climates, these benefits can be passed on to human skin. How a plant functions in nature is totally unrelated to human skin—these claims are completely without substantiation.

Another twist on the issue is that cosmetics companies claim they have taken components (such as peptides) out of the plant stem cells and made them stable so they then can work as stem cells. This approach is not valid—stem cells must be complete to function normally. Even if you could isolate substances or extracts from these cells and make them stable, there is no published research showing they can affect stem cells in human skin.

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

This extra-gentle, creamy facial cleanser features the moisturizing benefits of Fair Trade Certied Organic Olive Oil, Moroccan Argan Oil, and Cocoa Butter, the antioxidant power of Blackberry and Rosehips and the mild cleansing of mint. It quickly removes makeup, dirt and impurities without stripping the skins natural acid mantle. Great for even the most sensitive skin.

Organic Curoxidant Blend [(Organic Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Berry, Organic Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry), Organic Rosa Canina (Rosehips), Organic Punica Granatum (Pomegranate), Organic Calendula Ocinalis (Calendula), Organic Matricaria Recutita (Chamomile), Fair Trade Organic Aspalathas Linearis (Rooibos)], Decyl Glucoside (Sugar Soap), Organic Aloe Barbensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Fair Trade Organic Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Olivoyl PCA, Sodium PCA, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Olea Europaea (Olive Oil), Glucono Delta Lactone (Fermented Sugar), Organic Chlorella Pyrenoidosa (Chlorella Growth Factor), Cetearyl Glucoside, Vitamin E, Marrubium Vulgare (White Horehound) Stem Cell Culture, Echinacea Stem Cell Culture, Fermented Resveratrol Extract (Probiotic), Organic Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Olea Europea (Olive Leaf) Extract, Potassium Sorbate (Food Grade Preservative), Essential Oils of Salvia Ocinalis (Sage), Lavandin, Cymbopogon Citratus (Lemongrass), Mentha Spicata (Spearmint).

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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