It may seem odd to extract this from the bunch to review first but since I have not converted to using the entire range and am gathering my thoughts for the rest, I figured I would give this a mention first.
After all, a cleanser is typically more straight-forward to review.
Rachel K's See the Difference skincare range always has me mixed up with the new Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference skincare revamp(?). Don't get me wrong, they aren't the same but its just the names and my scatter-brained self.
The Stem Cell Purfiying Gel Cleanser sounds mighty fancy with the term 'Stem Cell' in the name. Though this cleanser is in fact formulated with innovative PhytoCellTec™ technology and meant to boost the natural performance of our skin's stem cells.
In theory that makes for rejuvenated and supple skin post-wash and while the term 'Purifying' in its name may bring thoughts of a stripping clean feel, this is actually very mild and gentle on the skin.
The gel cleanser is free of foaming chemicals which can dry the skin out with use. Hence this leaves my skin feeling mildly cleansed and refreshed post-wash without any taut or stripped feeling.
Though, this also means that the cleanser does not foam up and for some people that translates to 'the cleanser not really cleaning well'.
However I don't have an issue with cleansers that function that way and while this does not foam up to a puffy mousse extent, it does have a slight sud-ing effect so it is not entirely a 'Cetaphil-sensation' either.
Containing Witch Hazel and also Aloe Vera to help refresh and soothe skin, this has a soft botanical scent to it that I find befitting with the whole gentle nature of the cleanser.
An itsy-bitsy packaging issue I have with this is how the cleanser seems to collect and clot a little on the pump. While that (thankfully) does not affect the function of the pump, it can get a bit messy and in harsher words, gross, over time.
This bottle is also far from being travel-friendly due to the glass-like exterior of it and the loose-fitting plastic cap. Though if you ask me, I have always preferred to travel with squeeze tubes anyway.
Maybe Rachel K can come up with a travel-friendly pack? Just a thought...
Overall I really like this cleanser for how gentle it feels and the ease of using it. It is definitely not one for grueling skin cleansing or makeup removing but as something to refresh the skin and rid it of oilies and impurities, I think this does the job just right in its mild and refreshing ways.
I am still gathering my thoughts about everything else in the range so all those will come (probably together) a little later!
Rachel K See the Difference Stem Cell Purifying Cleanser retails for S$19 at Watsons.
Are you a fan of foam-free cleansers or prefer full out foamy ones?
Thanks for reading!
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