Here's a brand that's got great public relations. I remember Korres when it was just a handful of products back in 2004 when I was in Greece (it's country of origin). Now they have their own stores (like Kiehl's), which isn't very common for a relatively unknown beauty brand. While I was in Soho, I popped into the Korres store, curious about how much the brand expanded and to try out a product. I'm a big fan of white tea, so it was the obvious choice.

What I first loved about Korres is that they don't beat around the bush. On the web site it will tell you straight up the natural formations that do or do not exist in the product (they tell you that 78.8% of the white tea facial fluid gel cleanser is natural content.. how's that for specific?). The packing is recyclable, and their products are completely environmentally conscious (well, they strive to be) as well as naturally derived.

The extract of white tea (again, a favorite of mine) has a high content of polyphenols, one of the most potent ingredients combating free radicals as it has strong antioxidant action and improves skin microcirculation (FYI: white tea contains more polyphenols than green tea). Additionally, studies have shown that white tea protects the skin from oxidative stress and immune cell damage. With this said, it definitely helps slow down the anti-aging process (wrinkling, pigmentation, etc). There's also green tea extract, which reduces redness and helps mitigate skin inflammation and irritation and, as you already know, acts as a powerful antioxidant.

There's a high concentration of aloe vera in this face wash, which is great, but leaves a soft filmy feel after you wash (which is fine, I just like the squeaky clean feel). This ensures you're not over-drying or stripping the skin though. Other highlights are the Omega 3 and Omega 6, essential fatty acids that help nourish and replenish the skin.

Though I'm not a big fan of gel at the moment (John Masters foam cleanser set high standards for me), using Korres White Tea Facial Fluid Gel Cleanser for a few days was a joy and I know long-term benefits are in store.

Ingredients

Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Decyl Glucoside, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Betaine, PEG-40 Glyceryl Cocoate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Sucrose Laurate, Capryloyl Glycine, Coco Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Hydrolysed Oats, Arginine, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Castoryl Maleate, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Lactic Acid, Linalool, Magnesium PCA, Manganese PCA, Panthenol, Parfum (Fragrance), Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Coceth Sulfate, Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acids, Sodium PCA, Tocopherol, Zinc PCA.