Whenever I see a cleanser over $35, I can't help but wince a little. Spending upwards of $50 on a skin care item belongs to the more potent and well-deserved — a solid preventative eye cream, an antioxidant-filled serum, etc. Still, cleansers are the most important step in any anti-aging or preventative regimen, so perhaps spending a little extra can be justified… especially if I would be spending it on a cleanser that has multiple functions. LiftLab's Purify + Clarify ($65 in the shop), though pricey, offers just that — an excellent cleansing experience, gentle exfoliation and a detoxifying mask.
First and foremost, this cleanser is one of the most luxurious I've used to date. It transforms a simple morning routine into a decadent spa-like experience. The smell is fresh and just divine. The directions on the packaging indicate to use a pea-sized amount of the opaque white whipped cleanser — but, of course, I didn't pay attention to this initially and essentially was left with enough cleanser for my entire body and then some. After correctly using the product, I even found that a pea-size amount was a bit too excessive. LiftLab must be aware of this, too, as their website has been updated to "pearl size." It took me a few tries to get the amount required just right, but once I did, I was particularly thrilled as I knew this cleanser would last me AGES! And because of how much you really end up needing, I found this 4 ounce bottle of cleanser to be more cost-effective than others that I've used and loved in the past.
With regular use, my pores were clear of dirt and impurities. My breakouts lessened quite a bit. I did try experimenting by spot-treating breakouts, but didn't find this method to be as effective. Purify + Clarify is also wonderfully hydrating, and I found I needed less moisturizer to get me through the day. My skin felt fresh and revived with each use, and looked brighter and less dull.
The LiftLab cleanser uses a patented "Cell Protection Proteins" from the Arctic, which works to protect cells and increase cell turnover, ultimately resulting in smooth and radiant skin. And that is just what I've uncovered with this cleanser, and will continue to do so as I am completely obsessed!