Review: Algenist Gentle Rejuvenating Cleanser

This cleanser by Algenist has been around for a while and is pretty popular, but this was my first foray with it. My verdict is that it's not a great fit for my needs but I think for someone with very dry skin it might be a hit. It is a thick, creamy, pearly white substance that feels kind of gummy. It's hard to spread and does not emulsify, so you need to use a lot of it to totally cover your face. I was hoping its clinginess might mean it's good at removing makeup but I do not find that to be the case. I definitely need to use makeup remover or double cleanse with this one. On the plus side, it leaves my skin feeling hydrated and not stripped at all. In addition to the algae compound touted on the label, it has witch hazel and mild acids to aid in cleansing.  It costs $28. I'd say give it a go if you do not rely on your cleanser to remove your makeup or sunscreen and if your skin is dry and easily irritated. This should be gentle and soothing on it.


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