Aubrey Organics Seaware with Rosa Mosqueta Facial cleanser
I suppose I should be content with the skin I’m in – and for the most part I am, despite the fact that it is parched dry. The one benefit of this skin type is that I’ve never had to deal with acne or the grease factor that plagues oily and combination skin. On the other hand, I deal with a flakey, sometimes ashy appearance and am lost without a tube of moisturizer in my bag. I know how important washing my face is, especially before bed to relieve myself of dirt and makeup, but there were many nights that I just couldn’t deal with how tight and dry my face felt after cleansing it.

I’ve always used cream-based cleansers in order to avoid making my skin even dryer, but nothing could prevent the cracking and aridity from setting in. That is, until I began using Aubrey Organics Seaware with Rosa Mosqueta Facial Cleansing Cream. I picked it up at Whole Foods for about $15, though it can be found on Amazon for less.

First of all, the reviews of this product are fabulous.  Upon usage, the cleanser doesn’t foam up like some others do. Instead, it goes on like a cream and washes off easily. It removes the concealer under my eyes, but I need to use makeup remover for my mascara (which sticks to my eyelashes like glue, unfortunately). Normally I sprint from the bathroom sink to my bedroom in an attempt to apply moisturizer before my skin gets that terribly dry look and feel, but after washing my face with this cleanser, my skin feels soft, smooth and hydrated. Better yet, it stays that way till morning!

The ingredients are stellar; the first one listed is coconut fatty acid cream base, which accounts for the intense moisture (though anyone who doesn’t have very dry skin may break out due to the coconut). Other prominent ingredients are bladderwrack and laminaria, seaweed and algae, respectively. Bladderwrack, scientifically known as Fucus vesiculosus, has been found to have anti-aging properties when applied topically; specifically, it promotes the contraction of fibroblast-collagen gels and increases elasticity. Laminaria is an antioxidant and can reduce inflammation.

In addition to these ingredients, the cleanser contains a plethora of vitamins (including A, C, E, and F), rose hip seed oil (almost 80% fatty acid, which contributes to healthy skin) and horse chestnut extract (one of the few ingredients known to effectively treat broken capillaries and veins).

Ingredients: Coconut Fatty Acid Cream Base, Natural Grain Alcohol, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein (made from organic, non-GMO soybeans), Deionized Water, Sea Herbal Complex (Bladderwrack, Laminaria), Aubrey's Preservative (Citrus Seed Extract, Vitamins A, C and E), Castile Soap, Organic Rosa Mosqueta Rose Hip Seed Oil, Horse Chestnut Extract, Vitamin A, Inositol, Linoleic Acid (Vitamin F), Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin.