Facial Cleansing Gel
Facial Cleansing Gel has been reformulated and its misleading claims drastically tempered to more accurately describe what a water soluble cleanser can do. Our chief issue is that the formula isn't gentle because it contains lemon oil and its preservative system remains questionable.
Potassium sorbate is the only preservative listed, but it's considered a weaker option to use on its own in a water-based formula. According to the textbook Preservatives for Cosmetics, Third Edition, by cosmetics regulatory expert David C. Steinberg, "Sorbic acid (which potassium sorbate converts to) is pH dependent and shows useful activity at pH 4.5 or lower. It is very active against mold, fairly active against yeast, but poor against most bacteria", the latter the most worrisome in a product like this.
The pH of Facial Cleansing Gel is above 4.5, so in all likelihood the potassium sorbate has minimal efficacy.
But even if the preservative system was robust, the lemon oil this cleanser contains is a big problem in a product meant for use around the eyes, not to mention lemon oil is irritating for skin anywhere on the face.
As with most gel-textured cleansers, this leaves skin feeling refreshed, removes makeup, and rinses without a residue. But all of these benefits apply to the options on our list of Best Cleansers, none of which contain lemon oil and a questionable preservative system.
- Leaves skin feeling clean and refreshed.
- Contains gentle cleansing agents.
- Removes makeup and rinses without a residue.
- Lemon oil poses a risk of skin and eye irritation.
- The preservative employed is weak for a water-based formula.
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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