This emollient, creamy cleansing lotion is indeed an option for dry, sensitive skin. It contains gentle ingredients to cleanse and remove makeup, but because this doesn’t rinse easily on its own you’ll want to use it with a washcloth to avoid leaving a noticeable residue.
As for redness relief, this contains some proven soothing plant extracts and the formula is fragrance-free, always an important consideration for those struggling with sensitive, reddened skin. The soothing ingredients are a nice touch, but keep in mind that these types of ingredients provide the most benefit when included in leave-on products.
This missed our top rating due to the rinsability issue mentioned above and also because it contains artificial coloring agents, which really don’t belong in a product marketed to sensitive skin.
- Gentle, fragrance-free formula.
- Removes makeup and leaves skin feeling smooth.
- Contains beneficial ingredients for dry, sensitive skin.
- Emollient, cold cream–like formula doesn’t rinse.
- Completely without the aid of a washcloth.
- Artificial coloring agents are not the best additions to a product meant for sensitive skin.
Ultra-gentle, lightweight cream cleanser gently melts away impurities without stripping skin of its essential moisture. Provides immediate relief to red and irritated skin, leaving it feeling clean and comforted.
Water, Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20 Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract, Caffeine, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Zinc Gluconate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Lanolin Alcohol, Mannitol, Sorbitol, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Blue 1, Yellow 5
There aren't really any doctors at Physicians Formula (the founder of the company was an allergist, Dr. Frank Crandell, but that was back in 1937), and no physicians currently sell or endorse it either. The company asserts that "The term hypoallergenic is more than just a cosmetic claim for Physicians Formula. It is the basis for every product that is created. Physicians Formula honors this claim through stringent product testing and quality control. In fact, Physicians Formula products are formulated without 132 known irritating ingredients still found in many cosmetics on the market today." While the line doesn't list the "132 known irritating ingredients" that they claim not to use, one of their newer products contains menthol, which serves no purpose for skin other than to cause irritation, and other products contain alcohol and witch hazel, which won't make any cosmetic chemist's or dermatologist's list of anti-irritants.
It's good that the skin-care products have been streamlined. There are some excellent makeup removers and a couple of gentle sunscreens whose sole active ingredient is titanium dioxide. Surveying this line in its entirety reveals that makeup is its major focus. However, as you'll see from the Physicians Formula makeup reviews below, things aren't exactly rosy there, either.
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Physicians Formula Makeup
Does this assortment of makeup products have what the doctor ordered? The enormous selection of makeup (no other line at the drugstore sells more individual pressed powders, concealers, or powder bronzers) has seen some noteworthy improvements in recent years, but far too much of it is still built on gimmicky premises or eye-catching graphics while performance and texture are given short shrift. And for a line where just about every product carries on about its goodness for sensitive skin and the non-comedogenic nature of its ingredients, they're not using anything that other companies aren't also using, not to mention that many of the ingredients that show up in these products (such as waxes and occlusive thickening agents) can absolutely clog pores.
Still, for a line with increased retail presence in major drugstores, you may be wondering just what to pay attention to, and the good news is that there are indeed some finds among all the mosaic powders and oddly packaged concealers. Physicians Formula has never done foundations and concealers well, and for the most part that still holds true today. Only one of their concealers is recommended, while the others are best described as dismal. The expansive powder category has several attractive options, including a pressed powder with sun protection and many worthwhile bronzing powders. You'll also find best beauty buys among the blushes and other key products, including the matte eyeshadows, felt-tip eyeliner, brow pencil, and a few of the mascaras. There isn't anything medical or extra-pure about Physicians Formula makeup, but if you know what to look for and are on a budget there are some products that any doctor concerned with the subject of beauty would appreciate!
Note: The shade range of this line does not cater to darker skin tones. In fact, for some products, only those with fair to light skin will find options.