In terms of consistency, it's your bog basic gel face wash that lathers quite nicely, and the packaging is sturdy and what have you - it's all quite standard. However, what is beyond standard is the ingredients and the effects.
The ingredients are impressive - no parabens, SLS, SLES, DEA, mineral oils, artificial colours nor silicones. As with most of the nasties-free products I rave about, you could not tell the difference in the ease of use, but you will have the ease of mind :)
The effects are stunning. The Freshkin range is generally for teenagers to those in their 20's and as I do very much still have normal/combination skin and hormonal acne, this range seems to be perfect for me. Since using this face wash, my acne has significantly reduced in number and frequency (especially those pesky hormonal, under-the-skin ones), and my pores are much less noticeable. I also find that after using this, my skin is much brighter, spots are less red and my acne scarring are lighter and heals much faster.
The thing that I also liked about this face wash is that it doesn't leave your skin tight and it hasn't affected the amount of oil that my skin produces. It's neither oilier nor drier, so I think it's worth a go for anyone. I personally find it much easier to use other methods than face washes to control oil/hydration.
So there you have it - a winner in my books. Although compared to the Murad Time Release Acne Cleanser, this is much less hardcore, it's also less than half the price and doesn't include a lot of the nasties Murad uses. It's a tough call as effects are important but this is a perfect alternative if you are short on dosh, don't want the nasties or don't have as severe a problem with acne as other people.
I always use this in the morning as it's refreshing but at night I use something slightly heavy duty and more moisturising, and having used it for almost 2 months I can say that it does keep up its initial performances and it's not too badly priced at £12. Although I did have high hopes for a gorgeous peachy smell, unfortunately this has a much more subtle, herbally sweet scent - which I can't say I absolutely adore but I'll deal with, as the effects are so worth it :)
Have you tried the Elemis Freshskin range?
What's your favourite face wash?
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