The After Show Treatment Cleanser
Jordan Samuel’s The After Show Treatment Cleanser has some positive aspects, but they’re outweighed by the inclusion of a few iffy ingredients. If you’ve been interested in trying this product, we recommend trying the sensitive skin version of this product that avoids all these problems instead.
This thick cleansing balm comes in an opaque squeeze tube, and its texture makes it more suited to normal to dry skin instead of skin prone to any kind of oiliness. You’re instructed to massage this over dry skin, then remove it with a warm, wet washcloth.
While this does help remove makeup, dirt, oil, and debris from skin, the washcloth is absolutely a necessity, because rinsing with water alone doesn’t remove the emollient formula entirely from skin. If you wear heavy or waterproof makeup, you’ll have to go in with a water-soluble cleanser or makeup remover as well to remove all of the traces.
Turning to the ingredients, the high amount of olive oil this contains is what gives this its moisturizing texture, and it helps soften and smooth dry skin. There’s also calming aloe and green tea extract, along with antioxidant-spiked grape and jojoba oils.
The positives stop there, though – most of the rest of the ingredients aren’t as well-considered. This contains numerous citrus extracts that put skin (and eyes!) at risk for irritation, even though this is a rinse-off product. Adding to the potential for irritation is the fact that this also includes additional fragrance ingredients linanool and limonene. See More Info below for details on the problems irritation causes for skin over time.
Another issue is that Jordan Samuel claims this can exfoliate skin and it can’t. The reason is twofold: first, sugar cane, apple, and willow bark extracts, while being related to AHA and BHA ingredients, don’t have the same potency as lab-synthesized AHAs and BHA. Second, exfoliants are more effective in a leave-on formula, and this is meant to be rinsed immediately from skin.
Long story short, skip this, and try the far superior sensitive skin version of this cleanser instead!
- Effectively removes dirt, oil, and debris from skin.
- Contains emollients to soothe and moisturize normal to dry skin.
- Includes citrus extracts likely to irritate skin and eyes.
- Contains fragrance ingredients that put skin at additional risk for irritation.
- Following up with a water-soluble cleanser will be necessary for some.
- You can’t count on the sugar cane, apple, and willow bark extracts for exfoliation benefits.
Irritating Ingredients: We cannot stress this enough: Sensitizing, harsh, abrasive, and/or fragrant ingredients are bad for all skin types. Daily application of skincare products that contain these irritating ingredients is a major way we unwittingly do our skin a disservice!
Irritating ingredients are a problem because they can lead to visible problems, such as redness, rough skin, dull skin, dryness, increased oil production, and clogged pores, and they contribute to making signs of aging worse.
Switching to non-irritating, gentle skincare products can make all the difference in the world. Non-irritating products are those packed with beneficial ingredients that also replenish and soothe skin, without any volatile ingredients, such as those present in fragrance ingredients, whether natural or synthetic.
A surprising fact: Research has demonstrated that you do not need to see or feel the effects of irritants on your skin for your skin to be suffering, and visible damage may not become apparent for a long time. Don’t get lulled into thinking that if you don’t see or feel signs of irritation, everything is OK.
Generally, it’s best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to ingredients that are known to irritate skin. There are many completely non-irritating products that contain effective ingredients, so there’s no reason to put your skin at risk with products that include ingredients research has shown can be a problem.
References for this information:
Journal of Dermatological Sciences, January 2015, pages 28–36
International Journal of Cosmetic Science, August 2014, pages 379–385
Clinical Dermatology, May-June 2012, pages 257–262
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798
Because all the world’s a stage, The After Show Treatment Cleanser is the ideal first step in preparing your skin to glow in the limelight. This unique gel-to-oil formula uses olive, jojoba, and grape seed oils to remove every trace of makeup (including hard-to-remove stage makeup), while sugarcane, apple, and willow bark extracts provide a gentle exfoliation to leave the skin hydrated, soft, and absolutely pristine. Glow in the radiance of you.
Jordan Samuel Skin has a bit of an interesting origin story, in that the companys namesake creator didnt get his start in this skincare business instead, he was a professional ballet dancer in Seattle for a number of years before becoming an aesthetician. After spending a few years at different spas, Samuel opened his own, and eventually, created his line of skincare products. You can see his past experience reflected in the names of his products, as many are inspired by ballet terms.
The offerings are by no means expansive, since there are only four products in the lineup, but they are in general good. The only misstep is a cleanser that includes potentially aggravating citrus extracts. The other products, however, are straightforward yet well-thought out, including an oil-based retinol product thats a great starting point for those who havent used retinol before.
To sum up, the brands philosophy is en pointe (sorry, we couldnt resist!), and it will be interesting to see how this fan-favorite develops in the future.
For more information on Jordan Samuel Skin, visit https://jordansamuelskin.com/.
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