Rose Gold Rescue Gentle Foaming Cleanser for Sensitive Skin
Bliss’ Rose Gold Rescue Gentle Foaming Cleanser for Sensitive Skin looks appealing from the outward appearance, but its contents are an iffy choice for the sensitive skin it’s marketed towards.
Dispensed via pump bottle, the fluid, rose gold colored gel mixes with water to form a light lather that removes oil, makeup and debris. The texture is ideal for oily/combination skin and rinses away without stripping skin dry.
Unfortunately, the “rose geranium” scent is where things go downhill. Fragrance spells trouble for skin in general, but especially for those who have sensitive skin (whom this cleanser is marketed toward). In this case, the fragrant ingredients including sensitizing plant oils, citrus ingredients and the rose flower water that Bliss calls out as soothing. Granted, the contact time with skin is limited in this rinse-off formula, but for skin that’s already prone to being reactive, fragrance free is a much safer bet (see More Info).
As for Bliss’ claim that colloidal gold nourishes skin, research hasn’t shown this to be true when applied to intact (meaning non-wounded) skin. It does seem to have a wound-healing effect, but this wouldn’t apply to regular skin care products. Research hasn’t shown colloidal gold is sensitizing like regular gold can be, so we’re not concerned about its presence here—just don’t expect any benefit from it.
The bottom line: You’re better off with a fragrance-free cleanser from our top-rated list.
- Effectively cleanses skin, removing makeup, oil and debris.
- Doesn’t leave skin feeling tight or stripped dry.
- Contains fragrant ingredients that put skin at risk of irritation.
- Not the gentlest formula for the sensitive skin it’s marketed toward.
- Gold has no established benefit for skin.
Why Fragrance Is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.
This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin’s barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin’s surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.
A surprising fact: Even though you can’t always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it’s not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don’t need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.
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This delicate cleanser is thoughtfully formulated with gentle ingredients and is blissfully free from dyes, parabens and harsh surfactants. Infused with soothing rose flower water and nourishing colloidal gold, it gently removes dirt, makeup and excess oil without over-drying.
The story of Bliss starts in 1996, when personal trainer Marcia Kilgore opened a New York spa designed around no-fuss skin treatments and de-stressing regimens for busy lifestyles. Over time, clients asked for Bliss-branded skin care products, and so Bliss skin care was born.
Bliss enjoyed success for years, being sold in spas as well as online and at some brick-and-mortar retailers. Kilgore eventually sold Bliss, and after changing hands a couple more times, the brand began to lose some of its identity. Its most recent owners decided it was time for a back to our roots makeover, with lower prices across the board and a cleaner version of Bliss's iconic white with splashes of color packaging.
Bliss's biggest appeal is in providing people with a spa-like experience at home. The line features multiple masks, in addition to exfoliation treatments, moisturizers, and body care products for a variety of skin types and concerns. While there are some missteps in the line (including fragranced products and some instances of jar packaging), there are some gems to be found among Bliss's offerings you just have to know where to look.
For more information on Bliss, visit www.blissworld.com.
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