Precleanse

by Dermalogica   Skin Health
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$37 - 5.1 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths) > Cleansers/Soaps
Last Updated:
3/3/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

Precleanse is marketed as an oil that dissolves pore-clogging oil, but is nothing more than a mix of trigylceride with several non-fragrant and fragrant plant oils plus emulsifiers to hold everything together. The fragrant oils include lavender and forms of citrus that only irritate skin. For the money, irritant-free jojoba or olive oil is preferred. This cleanser is not recommended for anyone’s skin, and if your esthetician uses this, our advice is to seek another person for facials!

A lightweight Olive and Apricot Kernel-based cleansing oil, fortified with Kukui Nut, Borage Seed and Rice Bran oils, that gently liquefies sebum and oil-based debris from the skin’s surface. The hydrophilic (water-loving) formula enables PreCleanse and oil-based debris to be readily rinsed away without leaving behind any greasy residue.

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, PEG-40 Sorbitan Peroleate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Extract, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Decyl Olive Esters, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Isopropylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Butylparaben.

Dermalogica's name implies a logical relationship to dermatology, which makes it sound as if you are getting serious skin care. The subtitle on their products is even more commanding: "A Skin Care System Researched and Developed by the International Dermal Institute." But what is the International Dermal Institute, you ask? Are there any dermatologists there? Apparently not: The International Dermal Institute is a Dermalogica-owned school for aestheticians who want an education beyond what is required for their cosmetology license, and the classes are taught by aestheticians.

Does the professional atmosphere of the school associated with Dermalogica mean better products? The proof is in the pudding, and this pudding is, for the most part, just Jell-O, not chocolate mousse. A company so concerned with skin-care education should be ashamed of itself for offering so many products that damage skin with known irritants and, more egregiously, offering so many sunscreens that lack sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients. Dermalogica's education-oriented, serious-minded, and clinical positioning doesn’t mesh with the majority of their products, and is on par with tobacco company executives teaching an aerobics class.

According to company history, the reason Dermalogica products came to be was that founder Jane Wurwand could not find a spa-oriented skin-care line that met her criteria. She was dismayed that so many skin-care lines aimed at the aesthetics market had products that contained alcohol, artificial colors, fragrance, mineral oil, and lanolin, ingredients that she believed had a well-documented history of problems. That's true for fragrance and alcohol (and artificial colors to a lesser extent), but mineral oil and lanolin have no documented history of causing skin problems. If anything, quite the opposite is true. Further, if Dermalogica's founders were so concerned about potentially or definitively harmful ingredients, why do their products contain so many of them? Where is the research proving that lavender oil, camphor, balm mint, arnica, ginger oil, and citrus oils are helpful for skin?

For more information about Dermalogica, call 1-800-345-2761 or visit www.dermalogica.com.

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  1. Christina S.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, October 08, 2014
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Triglycerides
    • I have sensitive, combination, acne-prone skin. I tried this product after reading about the effectiveness of removing makeup with oils before using a cleanser (not unlike our mothers' cold cream, no?) This product works for me. I use it on my dry face, massage well for a few minutes, then wet my fingers and massage more. Once water is applied, it turns milky. I remove it using a warm wet cloth, and follow with a proper cleanser. My skin has been more clear, less oily in the T-zone, and soft.

  2. Ravenia
    Reviewed on Wednesday, October 30, 2013
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    Recommend to use once a week or every fortnight
    • I had sensitive, oily and acne prone skin, I had tried various make up remover oil like Shuemura as well as fancl. Although I had switched to cleansing water for my first cleanse routine, I would still recommend using this pre cleanse once a week or fortnightly just to really get rid of clogged white heads that normal cleansing water and gels may not be able to get rid of. But it's definitely not advisable to use daily as this is too strong, and maybe turn your skin dry if use too often.

  3. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Tuesday, October 08, 2013
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    Love
    • I love this product and also know many others who do too! It gets off all your makeup and oil on your skin, plus sunscreen or anything waterproof! It is not irritating and I have used this on many sensitive clients. Plus a bottle should be lasting you 4-6 months. Plus it also works to get build up out of your hair!

  4. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Sunday, May 12, 2013
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      2 / 4
    • Results
      3 / 4
    I enjoyed this precleanse!
    • You are suppose to put this on DRY skin, rub in, and then add water which causes it to froth-then wash off. The trick is to wash it off very well. It took off all my makeup fabulously and left my skin super soft. I would follow with a face wash using my clarisonic. I don't know if I would buy it again, but it didn't irritate my skin and I have very acne prone skin.

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