Super Calm Gentle Milk Cleanser
Tula’s Super Calm Gentle Milk Cleanser claims that its blend of “good-for-you” ingredients is ideal for sensitive skin, and while it has those, it also contains some ingredients that are anything but gentle for anyone’s skin.
The packaging is great: this comes in an opaque plastic bottle with a pump dispenser, meaning those good ingredients are protected from light and air. As the name implies, this has a milky texture suitable for all skin types. It does a good job removing dirt, oil, and non-waterproof makeup without leaving skin feeling parched.
Among the good ingredients are gentle detergent cleansers, probiotics, soothing oatmeal, bisabolol, aloe, and green tea, plus numerous antioxidants, including cucumber, apple, raspberry, coffee, and melon extracts. Though they’re rinsed from skin, they still have some benefit, and it’s impressive to see this many antioxidants in this type of cleanser because its moisturizing base makes them more likely to linger on skin after rinsing (although we wouldn’t ditch our leave-on antioxidant-rich products for this cleanser).
What is less impressive is the number of fragrance ingredients included (Tula goes a bit overboard with fragrance in many of their products). This cleanser has a relatively strong smell, thanks to the inclusion of lavender, orange, bergamot, jasmine, and sandlewood extracts. True, most of these are flower or stem extracts – which aren’t as bad as the oils that come from each – but they still pose a risk of irritating eyes and, of course, skin, particularly the sensitive skin this is supposed to treat.
We advise skipping this option, and selecting a far gentler alternative from our list of best cleansers.
- Milky texture is suitable for all skin types.
- Does a good job removing dirt, oil, and most makeup.
- Rinses cleanly without making skin feel dry.
- Contains gentle cleansers, probiotics, soothing ingredients, and antioxidants.
- Packaged to protect its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
- Contains numerous fragrant ingredients that put skin (especially sensitive skin) and eyes at risk for irritation.
Sensitive skin calls for the most gentle skincare, and that starts at the foundation: cleanser. This lightweight, milky cleanser is specially formulated to leave skin feeling more nourished and calm, not at all parched. Full of good-for-you ingredients like probiotics, colloidal oatmeal, cucumber & ginger, and 100% free of fragrance, alcohol, phthalates, sulfates & other irritants.
Tula Skincare is a brand focused on an emerging group of skincare ingredients: probiotics. While it’s long been known that probiotics (such as those found in yogurt) were beneficial for health when consumed via certain foods and supplements, new research shows they’re also beneficial applied directly to skin. Internally, probiotics (which are live microorganisms that live in and on the body) can regulate digestive health; externally they play a role in managing a key component of skin’s surface known as its microbiome.
Tula was founded by Dr. Roshini Raj, a still-practicing gastroenterologist who says she noticed that many of her patients who had consumed probiotics showed signs of improvement in their skin. This concept of balancing skin became the core foundation of Tula, a word which means “balance” in Sanskrit.
To that end, all Tula products contain probiotics (in the non-living form of lysates, which retain many of the same topical benefits as live probiotics), along with some pre- and postbiotics as well. Postbiotics are exciting because these by-products from the breakdown of probiotics give each person’s microbiome key substances skin needs to be strong and healthy.
There are a couple of standout options, but unfortunately, Tula includes fragrance in the majority of their offerings, and fragrance – whether synthetic or from natural sources (essential oils and extracts) such as Tula uses, puts skin at risk for irritation. Irritation can disrupt skin in a way that counteracts the anti-inflammatory benefits of probiotic ingredients, so these formulas would be better minus the fragrance.
As far as packaging goes, with a few rare exceptions (such a couple of products in jars), Tula does a good job keeping its skin care in opaque containers that protect its best-yet-most-delicate ingredients from losing their potency in the presence of light and air. Overall, it’s a hit-or-miss brand – with some top-notch options, some that are good (except for the fragrance), and others to skip altogether.
To find out more about Tula, visit https://www.tula.com/.
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