04.01.2015
4
Naturally Clear Green Tea Cleanser
6.75 fl. oz. for $6.59
Expert Rating
Community Rating (5)
Expert Reviews
Last Updated:04.01.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes

This water-soluble cleanser’s mission is to clear your skin, but like with so many anti-acne cleansers, the intentions are good, but the execution is poor. This version differs little from lots of others: It contains 2% salicylic acid as the active ingredient and a menthol derivative to make skin tingle as it’s cleansed. The tingling isn’t helpful—it’s the type of irritation that can trigger oil production at the base of your pores—and the salicylic acid’s brief contact with skin means your acne isn’t likely to improve. There are other problematic ingredients in this cleanser, too, making it one to leave at the drugstore.

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Claims

This cleanser deep cleans to gently remove dirt and make-up and helps maintain skin’s moisture balance.

Ingredients

Active: Salicylic Acid (2%) Other Ingredients: Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Ascophyllum Nodosum (Brown Algae) Extract, Alteromonas Ferment Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium (Canadian Willowherb) Extract, Yeast (Faex) Extract, Menthyl Lactate, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, PEG-150 Distearate, Phenethyl Alcohol, Methylisothiazolinone, Sodium Hydroxide, PPG- 2 Methyl Ether, EDTA, Green 5, Yellow 5 Lake, Red 4, Red 33, Blue 1 Lake

Brand Overview

St. Ives At-A-Glance

Strengths: A couple of water-soluble cleansers, a gentle microdermabrasion alternative; some good, inexpensive body lotions; excellent hand cream.

Weaknesses: Overly abrasive scrubs; ineffective anti-acne products; dated moisturizer; overall, the facial-care products are substandard, even if they are inexpensive.

Two things set this line apart in the minds of consumers familiar with the brand: the Swiss angle and their apricot face scrubs. This notoriety didn't translate to thoughtfully formulated products, though. Instead, most of the scrubs are too abrasive, and the apricot is simply there as an extract, never mind that in a scrub it doesn't have any significant benefit for skin. The same can be said of the selection of supposedly Swiss-based herbs. Most of them have soothing properties, but it doesn't matter to skin if the ingredients came from Switzerland or South Dakota. If anything, the whole Swiss angle is getting a bit tired. You can bet that there are no scientists working high in the Swiss alps to formulate these products. St. Ives is a line with very little worth considering, so feel free to breeze right by as you shop for skin-care products at your local drugstore.

For more information about St. Ives, owned by Unilever, call (800) 333-0005 or visit www.stives.com.

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St. Ives At-A-Glance

Strengths: A couple of water-soluble cleansers, a gentle microdermabrasion alternative; some good, inexpensive body lotions; excellent hand cream.

Weaknesses: Overly abrasive scrubs; ineffective anti-acne products; dated moisturizer; overall, the facial-care products are substandard, even if they are inexpensive.

Two things set this line apart in the minds of consumers familiar with the brand: the Swiss angle and their apricot face scrubs. This notoriety didn't translate to thoughtfully formulated products, though. Instead, most of the scrubs are too abrasive, and the apricot is simply there as an extract, never mind that in a scrub it doesn't have any significant benefit for skin. The same can be said of the selection of supposedly Swiss-based herbs. Most of them have soothing properties, but it doesn't matter to skin if the ingredients came from Switzerland or South Dakota. If anything, the whole Swiss angle is getting a bit tired. You can bet that there are no scientists working high in the Swiss alps to formulate these products. St. Ives is a line with very little worth considering, so feel free to breeze right by as you shop for skin-care products at your local drugstore.

For more information about St. Ives, owned by Unilever, call (800) 333-0005 or visit www.stives.com.