My skin has always been reactive. The wrong kinds of skin care products have lead to red, inflamed skin or, worse yet, eczema. Now, as I approach 40, I contend with another issue: dehydration. Over the last several years, I have discovered that changing the type of skin care that I use to natural but effective products and avoiding long, complicated ingredients lists where possible have greatly helped my concerns. I am always on the lookout for brands that suit my needs and preferences, so I was thrilled when, after reading Marta's review, I was selected to try I Pekar Facial Cleanser ($65 in the shop).
The texture of the cleanser is light and creamy, and its fragrance is what I would describe as powdery, which initially took some getting used to. On the box are two explicit instructions: The first is to shake the bottle before use (although I'm not sure how necessary this step is, since the consistency is quite homogeneous and there isn't much movement within the bottle); and the second is to rinse with cool water – a good reminder for me given that, admittedly, I tend to use water that is too warm. I apply two to three pumps to dry skin and then dampen fingertips to massage. After rinsing, my face is soft, soothed (i.e., zero redness) and, most important, hydrated. This has been a particularly wonderful benefit as, during harsh Canadian winters like the current one, most cleansers, no matter how gentle, leave my skin feeling dry, if not tight. It works well at removing makeup, eliminating all trace of it with a double cleanse. I even tried it on eye makeup with absolutely no sting or irritation. After 30 days of use morning and night, about 3/4 of the bottle remains.
What I have been most surprised (and so very happy!) with is what seems to be a brightening effect: Since replacing my usual cleanser for the I Pekar, I find my skin to be more clear and much more even in tone. In my opinion, this product seems to be more than just a cleanser, and I wonder if it could also be considered a treatment of sorts.
Overall, for me, the I Pekar Facial Cleanser checks all boxes for performance and ingredients. Honey in skin care is something of which I have become enamoured lately, especially for its healing properties. I was also very pleased to see aloe vera high up on the ingredients list; I often look for it in skin care products as it is terrifically hydrating for my skin. On a purely aesthetic note, I love the miron glass bottle (which means fewer preservatives, too), and, along with the golden brushstroke on the bottle, it looks quite elegant in my bathroom. I am very eager to try the other products in the line. Thank you, TIA, for introducing me to I Pekar!
Editor's note: This product has been recently reformulated. The original ingredients were: Purified Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera Juice), Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate (Vegetable Oil), Polyglucose/Lactylate (Plant Based), Sucrose Cocoate (Sugar Beet Fatty Acid), Cetyl Alcohol (Wax from Grapeseed), Radish Root Ferment, Coco Betain (derived from Coconut Oil), Grapefruit Seed Extract, 100% Natural Raw Honey, Salix Alba (Willow Bark Extract), Populus Tremuloides (Aspen Bark Extract), Coconut Oil, Vitamin E, Ginger Milk