04.01.2015
4
4
Naturally Clear Green Tea Cleanser
Rating
6.75 fl. oz. for $6.59
Category:Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths) > Cleansers/Soaps
Last Updated:04.01.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

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.

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.

About the Experts

The new Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains the commitment to help you find the best products possible for your skin. We do this by relentlessly pursuing and relying on published scientific research so you will have unbiased information on what works and what doesn't-and the sneaky ways you could be making your skin worse, not better!


The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same research, criteria, and objectivity, whether the product being reviewed is from Paula's Choice or another brand.

Member Comments
Summary of Member Comments
Results
Value
Recommend
WRITE A COMMENT
Sort by:
Page:
02.19.2015
loveit

I had really not good skin in highschool and a year or so afterwards. Tried everything including that god awful proactive. Then I found this!!! Ohemgee my skin cleared up within 2 weeks. I ALWAYS moisturize with (clean and clear advantage acne control moisturizer) after washing my face. I have been using that combo for 3 years now. Every morning.

Value
Results
Recommend
Reviewed by
Ristinn D
02.12.2015
It was a miracle for me but appears to be Discontinued Now :-(

I literally picked up this product the same day I picked up a prescription for Differin. After a month my skin remains clear, whereas my 40+ skin had been behaving like a teenager for more than a year in spite of using another product containing 2% salicylic acid and BP. I don't know what it is about THIS product but I have had no breakouts — without the Differin! This comment is coming from someone who was on Accutane in my 20s only to see the problem return in my late 30s. Unfair review, PB!

Recommend
Value
Results
Reviewed by
Diana E.
02.12.2015
Beautypedia Team Response

Hi there -- I just called St. Ives to inquire if this product was being discontinued and Karen stated that it was not.  I do see that it is unavailable online at most retailers, however.

—Admin
01.22.2014
Im angry

I was using this product and I understood that the warnings said skin may get dry, but that was if you used it twice a day. I only used it once a day and I used the product for lest then a few weeks. My skin got dry, specially in the areas of mt chin, the tip sides of my lips and the loop sides area of my nose. It got so dry and irritating that my skin was peeling off and the areas were red.

Recommend
Results
Value
Reviewed by
Alexandra V
11.08.2013
Good cleanser

This product suited my skin very well, it cleansed my oily skin beautifully. There were no issues with irritation and it has kept my blemish-prone skin clear and fresh. Overall, a good cleanser with good value, too.

Value
Results
Recommend
Reviewed by
Margaret
WRITE A COMMENT
Enter a title for your review
 
First Name, Last Initial
Optional
Email Address
 
How would you rate this product on the following:
Results
Value
Recommend
     
     
     
Review
500 characters left
 
SUBMIT
CANCEL

Terms of Use

585632-IIS4 v1.0.0.394 5/22/2015 8:27:41 PM