Today, I’m reviewing the iS Clinical Cleansing Complex. This is a cleanser that I’ve been using as a second cleanse in my PM routine.
However, I just want to point out that you don’t need a separate AM cleanser and 2nd PM cleanser. You simply need 2 cleansers:
- An oil or balm based cleanser that can remove makeup/SPF
- A gel or milk based cleanser that you can use in the mornings and after removing your makeup/SPF with the above in the evenings
Because of this blog, I test a lot of different products so that is why I have lots of different cleansers!
Anyway, now that’s cleared up, onto the review!
BRAND: iS Clinical
PRODUCT: Cleansing Complex
INGREDIENTS: See bottom of page.
- Contains plenty of antioxidants and skin-soothing ingredients
- Suitable for daily use
- Can remove makeup so could be used for your 1st or 2nd cleanse
I’ve Got *Insert Skin Type Here* Skin, Can I use It?
iS Clinical says that this cleanser is suitable for all skin types and I would agree! It’s super gentle and calming on the skin despite being geared towards oily and acne-prone skin.
We’re going to start with the FYI section today before we go into my experience and that’s because I want to present what the evidence says first.
You will find many people saying that this is an exfoliating cleanser with salicylic acid and glycolic acid in it. I had to re-read the ingredients several times when looking for these ingredients before realising that this cleanser actually contains white willow bark extract and sugar cane extract.
White willow bark extract or salix alba bark extract is exactly as it sounds and is often touted as a natural alternative to salicylic acid because of its salicin content. However how effective this ingredient is at chemically exfoliating the skin is questionable. Nevertheless, white willow bark extract does have anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and astringent properties.
Likewise with sugar cane extract or saccharum officinarum extract (which is what glycolic acid is derived from). There is a theory that sugar cane extract can brighten and exfoliate the skin but again the research is not particularly strong! It is, however, a good moisturising ingredient, known as a humectant! A humectant helps the skin to attract water and hold onto it.
Regardless of the above, they don’t take away what I experienced with this cleanser! Read on to find out more.
My Experience With This Cleanser
I can’t tell you exactly why it is but I bloody love this cleanser! I just really enjoy the feeling of it on my skin and how my skin looks after using it. After cleansing with it and sitting down in front of the mirror I find the redness in my skin to be reduced, my actual spots look calmer and my skin feels clean, hydrated, not stripped and refreshed.
Whether it helps with my acne, again I can’t say, because I’m also using a whole host of other acne fighting ingredients but what I can say is that this doesn’t upset my acne at all. If anything it calms all down! Plus, as we’ve said before, we’re not sure on the exfoliating properties of the ingredients.
I think if it wasn’t for the fact that I love using my Gallinee cleanser in the morning (reviewed HERE), I would actually use this iS Clinical Cleansing Complex twice a day!
What Does It Look Like/Feel Like/Smell Like?
It’s a clear, lightweight gel that foams up very gently as you massage it into damp skin. It has a very subtle scent to it.
How Do I Use The iS Clinical Cleansing Complex?
In my opinion, this cleanser is gentle enough to be used twice daily. However, because of what I said at the beginning, I use this in the evenings only, after removing my makeup/SPF with my first cleanser.
I apply it on damp skin, give it a really good massage on my skin, rinse and then gently wipe my face with a flannel before moving on to my toner.
Gimme The Deets…
60ml = £18
180ml = £36
I started off with the 60ml which is a travel sized one, just in case I didn’t like it. I love brands who offer smaller sizes of their products for you to try out before committing to the full size. The only problem with this cleanser is that now I’ve tried it, I don’t want to stop using it haha!
The 60ml lasted me 3 months with nightly use and I bought mine from Skin City HERE.
In regards to the time you have to use the product in, once opened, it lasts 9 months. In terms of storage, nothing special is required.
Stick Or Spin Again?
Like with the Gallinee cleanser that I reviewed yesterday (see HERE for review), I’ve already bought a backup of this cleanser as I’m nearly finished with my first bottle. This is most definitely a cleanser that I will be using for a very long time! I’m OBSESSED with it and it truly is worth every single penny, in my opinion!!
Have any of you tried this cleanser from iS Clinical? If you have, what’s your experience been with it? If you haven’t, would you consider trying it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below!
Love & Knowledge,
S A M A N T H A
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INGREDIENTS: Water/Aqua/Eau, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate (cleansing agent – good), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (cleansing agent – good), PEG-30 Glyceryl Cocoate (emulsifying/surfactant/cleansing – no rating), Glycerin (skin-replenishing/restoring – best), Propylene Glycol (texture enhancer – good), Hydroxyethylcellulose Gum (film forming/texture enhancer/thickener – good), Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract (skin-soothing – good), Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract [Extrait de canne à sucre] (plant extract – average), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (antioxidant – best), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (antioxidant – best), Asiaticoside (antioxidant – goodie), Asiatic Acid (skin-conditioning – goodie), Madecassic Acid (skin-conditioning – goodie), Ascorbyl Palmitate (antioxidant – best), Phospholipids (emollient/skin-replenishing – best), Tocopheryl Acetate (antioxidant – best), Retinyl Palmitate (antioxidants/skin-restoring – best), Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate (preservative – good), Phenoxyethanol (preservative – good).
*ratings allocated according to Paula’s Choice Ingredient Dictionary and Incidecoder.