The not so foaming face cleanser -Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser

Back in the
day, I was all about foaming cleansers. I longed for the squeaky clean feeling
they can give you, and if anyone would have told me that the oils on my face
were actually important for my skins balance, fighting the signs of aging and
protecting it against bacteria I would not have believed it.
back, it seems very eighties: Effective, strong, uncompromising.
But this is
2014, and my preference has changed. Not only am I no longer wearing neon
triangle earrings (I know they are back fashion wise, I just choose to ignore
it), but I have also gotten into balm and (heaven forbid) oil cleansers!

Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser

Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip cleanser, used in my morning skincare routine (see here), is
actually described as slightly foaming cleanser, but it has a quite balmy feel
to me.
It is said
to lift grime, absorb impurities, tighten pores and gently exfoliate to leave
the skin smooth, cleared and more refined. While this is a lot of claims in
just one product, I tend to agree with most of them.
One of the
main ingredients is clay, or to be precise “uber-expensive refined French Green
Clay”. I am no expert on the clay-business, but as I understand it is called
French Green Clay because it was found in France for the first time, but comes
from Morocco nowadays. (And it is green tinted, hence the Green. Just in case
you were wondering.)
It contains
a whole lot of minerals and trace elements, which sink into the skin while it
absorbs excess oil and all the pollution the day left on your face.
Also among
the ingredients is Vitamin C, a superstar in skincare, known to stimulate
collagen production, reduce the appearance of discoloration and fight free
radicals. Those two are supported by Black Pepper (improves circulation),
Sandalwood (combats sensitivity), Jasmine (soothes) and Frankincense
(encourages healthy cell growth), each adding to the quite earthy scent. To be
honest, it is not the most pleasant smell and I really would love the jasmine
to come out more, but overall it is so subtle, I hardly notice it at all.
Quite an
impressive portfolio of good stuff, considering it is a cleanser and meant to
go down the sink. I pretty sure have used moisturizers with less beneficial
ingredients. So just to make sure you get as much out of it as possible, leave
it on for at least 60 seconds (as you should do with your cleanser anyway) and
give it a go as a face mask every once in a while.
In my
opinion, a washcloth is needed for thorough removal. If I just rinse it off
with water, I am left with a slightly tight feeling, as if the clay still
sticks to my face.
Has it made
my skin plump, youthful and porcelain (as claimed on Cult Beauty Website)? 
But it has definitely helped to clear out my skin, maybe lessen the
discolouration and prevent breakouts.
Will I
yes. I am on my third bottle and already got a backup.
Who is it
suitable for?
Normal to
combination skin, as stated on the bottle. Oily complexions will also find it
to work quite nicely, on drier skin it will most likely be too drying. Due to
the ingredient list I would recommend it for people concerned about aging, but
still troubled by blemishes and impurities. Considering it is 35 £ for 125 ml (which lasts quite some time as you just need a small
amount) it may also help if you already have your own paycheck.

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