As I near the end of my 40s, I find that my skin is more sensitive to change. I have combination skin with large pores around the nose and I get occasional outbreaks of rosacea. It took me several months to get over the last flare-up so I was a little hesitant to try anything new on my skin. However, LiftLab Purify + Clarify Daily Cleanser ($65 in the shop) has some interesting ingredients, including turmeric, which is a natural anti-inflammatory that has worked well for me in the past. My skin also responds well to marine compounds, which LiftLab has in abundance with its patented Aqualumine ingredient, so I was curious how I would respond to the LiftLab product.
This is a very rich cleanser and one needs only a tiny amount, pea-size or even smaller. It lathers nicely with a mild exfoliation that never scratches or feels harsh. The product rinses clean, not just to the touch but at the pore level. When I wipe a cotton round with Micellar water over my face, it comes back without cleanser or makeup residue. This was a pleasant surprise, since I had to double-cleanse with my previous products.
In addition to cleansing, the LiftLab product can also be used as a mask. I tried this in the shower a few times and although my skin thanked me for it, I had trouble keeping it out of my eyes. A less steamy environment would’ve been better for this experiment because this is a cleanser that melts easily in the presence of water. After four weeks of morning and after-work use, I feel like my skin is well-hydrated and my T-zone a little less oily. My pores are tight and I’ve had no breakouts. I was a little concerned at first by the exfoliating properties of the LiftLab cleanser, but it proved to not be at all harsh and my skin looks youthful and healthy.
Although the price is a little high for a cleanser, the 4.4 oz tube is generous and will last a long time. It’s easy to dismiss cleansers as unimportant in light of all the serums and creams that come after, but this is a game-changer for me, and I highly recommend the LiftLab Purify + Clarify Daily Cleanser for both normal and sensitive skin.