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Reviewed by Amber
After reading the ingredient label of my beloved cleansing gel for the past 10 years, the search was on for a replacement with effective, yet natural ingredients. My only criteria were that the cleanser be gel based and contain glycolic acid. My skin tends to be slightly oily and this combination has worked well for my skin type in the past. Glycolic acid is what I consider my greatest beauty secret. I fully attribute my nearly flawless face (texture, tone, wrinkles) to the previous 15 years of heavy glycolic acid use in the form of cleansers, toners, serums, moisturizers, and peels. With all of that being said, BRAD Universal Cleansing Gel ($55) fit my needs perfectly and I was excited to use the product. After all, the ingredients read like a who’s who list at a Hollywood Red Carpet Event. Impressive!
The cleanser arrived in a super chic heavy-duty plastic box that was impressionable. I’ve never seen anything quite like it before and although it looked fancy and stylish I couldn’t help but cringe at the thought of more plastic being sent to the landfill, so I placed it in the recycling bin. The bottle itself was very difficult to get out of the packaging. The cleanser comes in a beautiful violet glass bottle that filters out damaging light and protects the active ingredients. It was hard not to notice how small it was for $55, while my previous cleanser contained 7.2 ounces for just $30. That is steep considering I would normally choose to spend money on a highly effective serum or moisturizer rather than a fancy cleanser that washes away in less than two minutes.
I’ve been using this cleanser for six weeks and desperately tried to not get attached due to the cost and the strange plastic packaging but I couldn’t help myself. My skin looks amazing! I saw a change in the tone and clarity of my skin within the first week of use. The brand claims this cleanser is for all skin types and addresses aging, lines, wrinkles, dryness, oiliness, acne and breakouts, hyperpigmentation/dark spots, large pores and dullness. This is one of few products I’ve used that does exactly what it tells you it’s going to do. My skin also has softness, radiance, and purity to it that was not there beforehand. My pores appear smaller, fine lines have smoothed out, and my T-zone is no longer shiny yet my skin feels hydrated.
I only cleanse my face at night to remove makeup before bed. In the morning after a shower, I use toner only. I feel this keeps my skin glowing rather than being stripped and over cleansed unnecessarily. It also helps preserve product which is why after six weeks of use I have roughly 1/4 of the cleanser left out of the 3.4 ounce bottle.
Overall, I recommend this cleanser if it fits within your beauty budget and certainly if you are the type to keep a simplistic beauty routine. Simply put, this is an effective product and the results speak for themselves. Based upon my experience with this cleanser, I look forward to trying other products offered from BRAD Biophotonic.
Ingredients: Biophotonic Organic Herbal Infusion, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Decyl Glucoside, Methylsulfonylmethane (Msm), Glycolic Acid, Lavandula Officinalis, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Cocamidopropyl Betaine (From Coconuts), Cocamide Mipa, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Jojoba Beads, Organic Ganoderma Lucidum (Kojic Acid), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, (2s)-2-Amino-5 Guanidinopentanoic Acid, Organic Salix Alba (Salicylic Acid/Willow Bark), Olea Europaea (Olive Oil), Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Rosa Canina,(Rose Hip Oil), Borago Officinalis (Borage Oil), Cirus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange Peel Tincture), Origanum Compactum (Oregano Oil), Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree Oil), Citrus Grandus (Grapefruit Seed), Organic Calendula Officinalis (Calendula), Organic Arctium Lappa (Burdock), Organic Trifolium Pratenses (Red Clover), Organic Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary), Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol