Philosophy Purity Made Simple Facial Cleansing Gel & Eye Makeup Remover
This cleanser is branded “Purity Made Simple,” so it stands to reason that its MO is to purify your face in a simple fashion. It’s a one-step solution to cleaning skin and removing makeup that is said to leave even those with oily skin feeling fresh-faced.
How it works
Formulated with mild cleansing agents, the product lathers up into a light foam to remove dirt, oil, impurities and makeup. It rinses clean, leaving a feeling of freshness, not tightness.
How to use it
Dampen your face and squirt a dime-sized amount of the product into your palm. Work it into your skin to create a lather and spread it evenly over your face and neck. Rinse.
The bottom line
When I was a skin-obsessed teenager, I gravitated toward clear-gel formulations, convinced that a colourless product was natural and that the taut feeling left by an astringent gel meant that it was working. I blame those misconceptions on my own sheer stupidity – and on the opening scene of Mommie Dearest, in which Faye Dunaway engages in a laboured facial-scrubbing so vigorous that it’s a miracle she doesn’t wash the features right off her face. Eventually, I realized that tight skin does not equal clean skin and moved on to formulations that were more moisturizing. In recent years, I have steered well clear of any product with the word “gel” in it and have instead employed wipes and cream cleansers. To my great surprise – and despite the dreaded g-word in this product’s name – it didn’t leave my skin dry or tight at all. I tested it on several layers of mascara and a deeply pigmented matte lipstick and it removed them both and left my skin feeling clean and fresh without a hint of Mommie Dearest about it. This, as it turns out, is a good thing.
$26 at Sephora and select Bay and Shoppers Drug Mart stores.