Review: Elemis Rehydrating Rose Petal Cleanser

This cleanser is for people with very dry skin, and only those people. I know because I have normal skin and it didn't work for me. The problem is that it is so soothing and so gentle that it does very little in the way of cleansing. It pumps out with the texture of a lightweight cream and sits lightly on the skin. It is not even remotely drying or stripping. That is kind of the problem, for me - there is no cleaning power at all and when I used it as a first cleanser, all of my make-up and sunscreen stayed on. As a second cleanser, it's a bit better, but I still feel as though I might as well use nothing and get the same effect.  I do think that if my skin were very dry, this would feel really nice as a second cleanser to restore some moisture after taking make-up off. It has some vitamin E in it, which contributes to the soothing effect, as well as rosewater, which lends it a soft rose petal scent. It's very pleasant to use if it's the right product for you.  At $36, it's a bit on the expensive side, but a little goes a long way, so the 200 ml bottle should last a while.


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