Kind to Skin Refreshing Facial Wash Gel (Discontinued)

by Simple   Kind to Skin
Price:
$6.99 - 5 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths) > Cleansers/Soaps
Last Updated:
3/31/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

This is an exceptionally basic, yet very gentle, water-soluble cleanser best for normal to dry skin that’s also sensitive. The fragrance-free formula rinses cleanly but its cleansing agent is so mild that this isn’t the best option for removing makeup or excess oil. Consider it an option if you wear minimal makeup (or are willing to use a separate makeup remover, especially for mascara) or for use as your morning cleanser. Note: the U.S. name for this cleanser is Refreshing Facial Wash Gel.

Our Refreshing Facial Wash Gel leaves your skin thoroughly cleansed and revived, plus it's a perfect blend of our purest possible skin loving ingredients with an added vitamin.

Water (Aqua), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Panthenol, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate

Simple is a United Kingdom–based skin-care line whose self-described claim to fame is that they're the "pre-eminent brand of skincare and toiletries products developed especially for sensitive skin." They also claim to be the United Kingdom's No. 1 skin care-brand, as measured by units sold, and given the line's wide distribution and low price point, the sales figures are probably accurate. But, although their sales claim may be accurate, Simple's claims about their products being good for sensitive skin are spurious at best because too many of the ingredients are completely inappropriate for sensitive skin.

Simple skin care states the following: “Our philosophy is: Simple says - never use perfumes, dyes or harsh irritants that can upset your skin. Simple says - settle for only the purest possible ingredients.  Simple says - trust the natural goodness in all of our products especially for sensitive skin.” Although that's a good philosophy, most Simple products don’t live up to their lofty goals. There are fragrant ingredients in many of their products, they use potentially irritating preservatives in some of their products, their sun protection products use synthetic sunscreen ingredients which aren’t the best for sensitive skin, and many of their ingredients are not natural (we know their claim of natural goodness doesn’t say outright that they only use natural ingredients but many consumers will think that’s what's being implied)

Unfortunately, there are no standards in Europe or anywhere else that regulate which cosmetic products can be deemed suitable for sensitive skin and which cannot. Therefore, any company can make that claim for its products, regardless of what the products contain. It's not all bad news though, as several of Simple's products are fragrance-free, which is a key starting point for all skin types, especially sensitive skin.

As mentioned above, the price point for Simple is low; in fact, it is one of the least expensive cosmetic brands you’ll find in the United Kingdom (and a small assortment of their products are sold in the U.S., too). We are all for consumers getting more for their money, but in most cases with Simple you're being shortchanged, and that’s not the way to save money. Most of their products are either very basic or the frills and good ingredients are but a dusting in an otherwise ordinary formula. There are few outstanding products in this line, which is similar throughout the industry.

The anti-aging products are a great example of Simple's combination of low prices and lofty claims, with nary an ingredient on the list capable of delivering any benefit over and above a Band-Aid®. Even the most state-of-the-art moisturizers and anti-aging products won't bring about a significant reduction in wrinkles or other signs of aging, but using well-formulated products (and they don't have to be expensive) helps a great deal. Overall the folks behind Simple took their name too literally.

For more information about Simple, call 0121-712-6523 or visit www.simple.co.uk.

Note: All prices are given in United States currency.

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  1. Angela
    Reviewed on Friday, April 11, 2014
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Not discontinued in CANADA or UK
    • This cleanser is basic. That's really all you need in a facial cleanser. It's non-irritating, fragrance free without dyes and has a pH of 5.5. It will not clear acne Nor will it exacerbate acne. It won't brighten your skin, so don't expect it to.. It's a basic cleanser for basic cleansing needs. If you do wear heavy makeup, eyeshadow and waterproof stuff this cleanser will take it off. **I CALLED CUSTOMER SERVICE. IT IS NOT DISCONTINUED IN CANADA OR THE UK**

  2. Cary b
    Reviewed on Monday, March 31, 2014
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    Simple is good
    • I agree with comments already left. Skin cleansers with actives are useless, as they get washed down the drain. I believe it's what you put on your face after that makes the most difference.

  3. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Sunday, March 30, 2014
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    PER SIMPLE SKINCARE THIS HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED!!!
    • Per their facebook page and I even called their customer service line, this refreshing ski wash gel has been discontinued!!! Its a shame this was the best face wash!!!

  4. Lilabet
    Reviewed on Friday, March 07, 2014
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Simple and non irritating
    • I do believe that A facial cleanser should be simple and effective. While this cleanser may not remove heavy-duty make up, in my case that doesn't matter for I don't wear heavy makeup, just concealer and blush, clear mascara. For me the best results are delivered in the things that used after cleansing such as BHA liquids and moisturizers with actives. I appreciate the lack of actives in this cleanser since they'd be rinsed down the drain anyhow.

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