Ultra Balancing Gel Cleanser

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$49 - 200 ml
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Category:
Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Face/Body Cleansers
Last Updated:
4/3/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

This water-soluble gel cleanser contains what appears to be a high amount of grapefruit oil, listed by its Latin name of Citrus grandis. Grapefruit oil is a strong potential irritant, especially when used around the eyes, which you’re likely to do with a cleanser such as this. We wrote “appears to be a high amount” because the majority of this cleanser’s ingredient list seems to be in alphabetical rather than descending order. In most instances, this practice is disallowed because it doesn’t give consumers an idea of how much of any given ingredient they’re applying.

Those two reasons plus this cleanser’s ridiculous price make it one we cannot recommend. The irritation from the grapefruit oil doesn’t leave skin “perfectly balanced” any more than getting a splash of grapefruit juice on a wound would feel perfectly refreshing!

Pros:
  • Contains gentle cleansing agents in a water-soluble formula.
  • Rinses cleanly.
Cons:
  • Very expensive for no justifiable reason.
  • Seems to contain a potentially irritating amount of grapefruit oil.
  • The natural ingredients this contains cannot balance skin.
  • Product’s ingredient list appears to be mostly presented in alphabetical order.

This light lathering, non-stripping gel cleanser is formulated to thoroughly cleanse, remove impurities and makeup without disturbing the skin's natural moisture balance. A powerful blend of Aloe Vera, Cucumber and Oat Kernel Extracts help to condition and soothe the skin while gently washing away surface oil and daily residue. This perfect cleanser for Oily to Normal skin refreshes reinvigorates and leaves the skin perfectly balanced.

Aqua/Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Citrus Grandis Peel Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Decyl Oleate, Decyl Octadecadienoate, Decyl Octadecatrienoate, Decyl Octadecanoate, Decyl Hexadecanoate, Decyl Hexadecenoate, Decyl Eicosanoate, Decyl Eicosenoate, Decyl Glucoside, Disodium EDTA, Glycerin, Lactic Acid, Lauryl Glucoside, Magnesium Aluminium Silicate, Oleic Acid, PEG 150 Distearate, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Panthenol, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Squalene, Tocopheryl Acetate, Stearyl Citrate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum.

What a great name for a skin-care line! Not only does the "ultra" prefix speak to consumers looking for the best or most potent products, but also the "ceuticals" suffix lends a medicinal touch that is reminiscent of the emerging term "cosmeceuticals" (which is a marketing term that has no sanctioned validity or standards, so it can be applied to any product).

Ultraceuticals was the brainchild of Australian plastic surgeon Dr. Geoffrey Heber, whose vision to deliver "honest, clinically-proven skin care" back in 1991 was years ahead of the trend of doctors as skin-care salespeople. The company speaks readily of its ingredient technology, which is what the people behind it believe makes Ultraceuticals a cut above the rest. The clinical study results and before-and-after images provided in the company's catalog look convincing, but, as is usually the case, the details are left out. We don't know what product in their double-blind study was used as a control, we don't know what other products the study participants used prior to being treated with the Ultraceuticals cream, and the result (that topical vitamin C can improve the appearance of sun-damaged skin) is hardly revolutionary or exclusive to Ultraceuticals. It is well established that stabilized vitamin C applied topically (and consumed orally) can do this (Sources: The Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, August 2005, pages 963–972; The Journal of Investigative Dermatology, February 2005, pages 304–307; and Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, January 2005, pages 4–9). Moreover, many, many other antioxidants have the same ability, including vitamin E, green tea, and retinol. In fact, many researchers believe that, regardless of the content of a single antioxidant in a product, a better approach is to use skin-care products that offer a blend of antioxidants. In that sense, Ultraceuticals falls a bit short.

Australians may be all abuzz about this skin-care line, and it is creeping into the United States. Yet aside from offering mostly fragrance-free products and consistently using packaging to keep light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable, it really isn't anything new under the sun. However, as you will see from the reviews below, there are a few star products to consider if the prices don't bother you.

For more information about Ultraceuticals, call (800) 339-5115 or visit www.ultraceuticals.com.

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