When it comes to cleansers, I don’t have many requirements for what it should do. It’s not like eye cream or moisturizer where it actually absorbs and is beneficial to the health of your skin. My basic requirements for face cleanser are: 1. It should thoroughly cleanse my skin and 2. It should remove oil but not strip my skin. I feel like both of these are standard for most cleansers, so I don’t give too much thought to what I use. However, since I’m oily, I do steer clear of cream cleansers unless it’s during a particularly harsh winter.
On one of my Friday Sephora trips, I stumbled upon the brand Neogen Dermalogy. As I was browsing the brand, a black woman noticed me and began raving about a peel that she loves from the brand. Since she looked like me, I decided to trust her and I bought the peel (Review coming soon!). I also ended up picking up the cleanser because I ran out of the one I was using and I didn’t know which one to get next.
The Neogen Dermalogy Green Tea Real Fresh Foam Cleanser, $19, is a foaming cleanser that contains fermented green tea to hydrate and brighten the skin. I’ve been feeling like my skin isn’t as bright and radiant as I like it to be, so these claims intrigued me. On Sephora.com, it says that this helps with pores, dullness and uneven texture, and dryness. Aside from the dryness, I should have been the perfect candidate for this cleanser. It comes with a pump and has green tea leaves at the bottom of the bottle. The tea leaves look like they are in the cleanser, but there’s actually a piece of plastic that keeps the tea leaves and some of the cleanser in a separate compartment. Since the tea leaves are separated from the cleanser and pump, I don’t think there is any benefit to the leaves being there, other than for aesthetics.
Since this is a foam cleanser, it is very gentle – gentle enough to use day and night. However, as someone with oily skin, it was a little too gentle for me. The foam doesn’t give as good a lather as a gel cleanser. As I mentioned before, I don’t like cleansers that strip me of all of my natural oils but I do like them to give me clean skin and pores. For this reason, I now have a 3rd requirement for my face cleanser: It must be a gel cleanser. After about a month’s use, I didn’t notice any difference in the brightness of my skin or any evening of my skin tone.
Overall, I think this cleanser would be nice for someone with dry skin, since it is very gentle and non-stripping. If you’re looking for any added benefits from the green tea leaves, I’d advise you to save your money. This is a basic foaming cleanser for people who have very sensitive and dry skin. This is not for oily peeps looking for a deep clean. If you have similar concerns, please don’t make the same mistake as me by buying a “gentle” cleanser for oily skin. Lesson learned.
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