Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser

by Pevonia Botanica   Special Line (Ligne Speciale)
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$34.50 - 5 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths) > Cleansers/Soaps
Last Updated:
2/12/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser is not as gentle as it seems! Although the jojoba beads make for a gentle scrub, the main cleansing agent (sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate) can be too drying for all skin types.

What saves this from being a cleansing scrub we cannot recommend is that the drying cleansing agent is joined by several soothing, emollient ingredients, making this an OK but pricey option for those with normal to dry skin. Keep in mind that all skin types will get much better results using a leave-on AHA or BHA exfoliant rather than a scrub. Scrubs can be great for extra cleansing, but they cannot do for skin what AHA or BHA exfoliants do!

Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser gently polishes your skin with its unique creamy, granular texture. Wash away your skin’s impurities and toxins with a precise formulation of Jojoba Beads, Saponaria and Chamomile for a clean and smooth complexion. Ideal for all skin types.

Water (Aqua), Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Extract, Glyceryl Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Stearic Acid, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Saponaria Officinalis Leaf/Root Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Allantoin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Sodium Citrate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Rosa Gallica Flower Oil.

Pevonia is a spa/salon line of skin-care products that has been around since 1991 and, like countless other spa lines, speaks of its unification of natural ingredients with advanced scientific technology. Its vast range of products showcases all manner of gimmicky ingredients, including caviar, numerous essential oils, marine DNA, and products said to oxygenate skin. Many of their products make mention of being triphase and homogenized. Although that may make them sound special, those terms are common to cosmetics chemists involved in mixing various ingredients. For example, many moisturizers (and emulsions in general) have multiple phases as they are being manufactured. One phase gets a certain blend of ingredients, those are mixed, and then the next phase is added. Hardly anything to brag about.

You may hear aestheticians selling Pevonia products speak of the outstanding results the products provide, all due to the company's fastidious selection of holistic, natural ingredients. It can be a spellbinding speech, but the reality is that many of the natural ingredients Pevonia uses (including lemon oil and arnica) are documented problems for skin, and many synthetic ingredients are included and some are also problematic. Sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate and methylisothiazolinone aren't the least bit natural, and their inclusion in these products is further proof that Pevonia's self-proclaimed title of skin-care leaders in the spa industry is on par with McDonald's spearheading vegetarianism. Of course, the overall message is to not let yourself get caught up in any cosmetic company's grandstanding until you have examined the proof behind the proclamations.

As expected, not everything is plant-infused smoke and mirrors with Pevonia. They deserve credit for their mostly succinct ingredient lists and do have a handful of remarkable products that are, surprisingly, fragrance-free. This is definitely a line to shop very carefully, and note that none of their routines are recommended because not a single one of them has a group of problem-free products (and all of them omit sunscreen, yet several products claim to offer UV protection, which is dishonest and misleading).

For more information about Pevonia, call (800) 446-3751 or visit www.pevonia.com.

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