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After Marta reviewed and recommended Creo’s Hair Cleanser and Conditioner, I was excited to try the company’s face wash. Now, I know some of you will not even consider buying a facial cleanser unless it foams, but I’m quite the opposite. Currently, I use Aubrey Organics Seaware with Rosa Mosqueta Facial Cleanser, as it is the most moisturizing, creamy, non-foaming thing I could find. Its first ingredient, coconut fatty acid cream base, should give you an idea of how creamy I like my cleansers. It’s the only thing that doesn’t dry out my already parched skin.
So as excited as I was about Creo Foaming Facial Wash ($13), I was really hoping that it wouldn’t force me to go on a moisturizer overload. Turns out, I didn’t have to worry.
Not only does Creo not dry out my skin, it actually softens and moisturizes it. Full disclosure, though: I'm a bit skeptical that it will be moisturizing enough during the winter months. Still, the fact that the product could moisturize my skin to any degree shocked me because of how incredibly light it is. The first time I used it, I pumped the dispenser two or three times, thinking I didn’t have enough product. But one pump is all you need, despite how light and airy it is. An added bonus is that its pleasant scent is as light as its consistency. I was also thrilled by the fact that Creo removes makeup. Sure, it is advertised as being able to do so, but I’ve lost count of how many times a product says it will do something when it definitely doesn’t. But Creo removes all my makeup effortlessly – no harsh scrubbing necessary. So you’ve got a light, moisturizing, makeup-removing cleanser that foams (for all you foam lovers out there).
The facial wash’s ingredients are really quite nice. Organic calendula flower water is a soothing anti-inflammatory that is perfect for sensitive skin. Organic comfrey root water contains allantoin, which has soothing and healing properties and softens skin. Organic witch hazel water is an astringent, antioxidant and skin soother. Sodium cocoyl glutamate and coco-glucoside are derived from coconuts; they are emulsifiers and very gentle surfactants. Essential oils make for a nice, natural fragrance while lonicera japonica flower extract acts as a natural preservative. Finally, Creo’s germinated seed extracts seem to have a lot going for them. As Marta has pointed out, red clove and sunflower seeds both contain vitamin E.
In the end, the best thing about Creo’s Facial Wash is its simplicity. The company’s “less is more” attitude can be truly refreshing for those who have intensely packed skincare routines, and of course for those who have simple routines to start with.
Ingredients: Organic Calendula Flower Water, Organic Comfrey Root Water, Organic Nettle Water, Organic Witch Hazel Water, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Coco-Glucoside, Sodium Lauryl Sarcosinate, Lavender Essential Oil, Orange Essential Oil, Lonicera Japonica Flower Extract, Germinated Sunflower Seed Extract, Germinated Red Clover Seed Extract, Germinated Grape Seed Extract