Sunday RileyCeramic Slip Cleanser
4.2 fl. oz. for $45
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Ceramic Slip Cleanser's name implies porcelain smoothness, but its formula is, well, a bit rough around the edges, overly fragranced, and relatively basic! Although it contains some gentle cleansing agents and a high amount of clay to absorb excess oil, this combination makes it tricky to rinse, and the amount of fragrant oils it includes is what we would call a "slip" up.

Chief among the fragrant oils is black pepper oil, which can be highly irritating to the skin, and certainly not an ingredient you want to apply around the eyes (which you'd be inclined to do with a cleanser).

Other fragrant oils included are jasmine and sandalwood, and while these may smell divine and make you feel relaxed, each contains volatile fragrance components that can irritate the skin (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com).

Did we mention the price? The relatively high cost for this amount of cleanser doesn't make sense, especially when you consider that the irritation it may cause could worsen oily skin, potentially making large pores even bigger, not "minuscule" as this cleanser claims. See More Info to find out how daily use of highly fragrant products like this can make oily or combination skin worse.

  • Contains gentle cleansing agents.
  • The clay helps absorb excess oil on the skin's surface.
  • Very expensive for a cleanser that could make oily skin and large pores worse, not better.
  • The fragrant oils pose a strong risk of eye and skin irritation.
  • Amount of clay, while absorbent, makes this cleanser tricky to rinse completely.
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Inflammation in the skin is usually related to external factors, such as irritation that damages the skin's barrier in numerous ways, whether you can see the reaction or not. When irritation on the surface of the skin occurs, it activates specific chemicals called neuropeptides in the brain. Those substances are specifically the kind that regulates the hormonal system of the body. When this happens, it causes inflammatory chemicals to be targeted directly in the oil gland. What happens next is these inflammatory chemicals trigger an increase in oil production, which can increase the size of the pore, and the likelihood of acne. The more inflammation that occurs, the worse this gets (Sources: Dermatology, 2003; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, 2007; and European Journal of Dermatology, 2002).

Bottom line: Inflammation and the resulting irritation, whether internal or external (for this discussion, external irritation would be that that results from using irritating ingredients, hot water, overusing scrubs, etc.), is practically a guarantee you will see excess oil production, larger pores, and acne breakouts (Sources: Experimental Dermatology, 2009; and Dermato-Endocrinology, 2011). That's reason enough to avoid products with irritating ingredients, which often come in the form of fragrance, including the misnamed "essential" oils.

Last Updated:12.23.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
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A foaming, clay-based, gel cleanser for normal to combination skin that creates flawless and miniscule pores.

Aqua (Water), Montmorillonite (French Green Clay), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocopolyglucoside Tartrate, Sodium Cocopolyglucoside Citrate, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Ester), Piper Nigrum (Black Pepper) Fruit Oil, Botswellia Carterii (Frankincense) Oil, Jasmine Officinale Oil, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Tetrasodium EDTA
Brand Overview

Sunday Riley is a brand that has captured the attention of many with its mix of luxury-positioned skincare products and its ties to today’s top fashion designers. This coupling, plus the brand’s cult-like status among beauty editors, has led many of our readers to ask us whether Sunday Riley products are deserving of the hype. The answer: Yes and no.

Often noted in Sunday Riley’s products is the NV-5 Ageless Complex. Despite the number “5” in this trade name, the complex contains a mix of seven plant ingredients: prickly pear extract, blue agave, lady’s slipper orchid extract, opuntia tuna fruit, cactus extract, aloe, and a type of yeast extract (Saccharomyces cerevisiae).

We explored the research on each of the ingredients in the NV-5 Ageless Complex. While all of them have some benefit for skin, they’re not ingredients that have comparative benefit to long established ingredients such as retinol, vitamin C, and niacinamide, for example.

This brand has some intriguing products and many of them contain beneficial ingredients that are packaged to maintain their effectiveness, but there are a few missteps in terms of highly fragrant formulas. Even the highly rated products are on the pricey side for what you get, but at least if you choose to indulge you’ll know which products are worth buying.

Sunday Riley products are available at several online retailers, as well as at Sephora stores.

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