Life, for the past few weeks, has been super crazy. It's winding down again but I know it's gonna happen a lot in the future. How crazy? I've considered it a luxury when I am capable of washing my face and brushing my teeth twice in one day.
My skin has been faring poorly from a month previously because of this, but it's not as bad as I've been expecting. One of the reason's why is St. I'ves Green Tea Gel Cleanser.
|St. Ives Green Tea Gel Cleanser|
I originally bought this since I already foresaw that my current cleanser, while great for my everyday life, wouldn't be able to keep up with turbo mode. I needed something that would keep those big zits from coming out even with a super hectic lifestyle. Thus, my choice was an oil-free salicylic acid cleanser.
What I like about St. Ives, unlike most drugstore brands here in the Philippines, is that they show how much salicylic acid there is in the product. At 2%, I knew I was going to buy it. Even if it didn't work out for my face, my body could still use it.
Fortunately, it didn't disappoint!
|St. Ives Green Tea Gel Cleanser Ingredients|
I've used up around 1/4 of my bottle in around 3 weeks but since it costs around P220 (~$4), I'm still pretty generous with the amount I use. The second ingredient is a sulfate so it gives me a squeaky clean feeling that might be too much for most people, but is just what I need. Ordinarily, I'd recommend that this be used just once daily followed by a hydrating product immediately since it might be too stripping for most.
This also has menthyl lactate, which I like because it gives me a cooling feeling to start (and sometimes, end) the day. Unfortunately, some people might react to this, so I wouldn't recommend this for those with sensitive skin.
How effective is it as an anti-acne product. Aside from one cystic pimple, it's kept most pustules away. Unfortunately, it hasn't stopped the spread of those pesky blackheads since I end up being an oily mess for most days. The menthol could, theoretically, also be the culprit, but I haven't tested this product for normal life usage.
It comes as a pump top bottle so it isn't very good for travelling.
Would I buy this again? Maybe. I really like it for stressful situations so I'll definitely keep using it for my face, but I'd like to try it out for normal, everyday use before I stock it.