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TIA has certainly become the place to meet. No, I’m not referring to a dating site — although, you could say that Marta is a great matchmaker when it comes to pairing you up with appropriate skincare. I’ve had many successful introductions through TIA, and a prime example is my recent test of Lumavera Facial Cleansing Gel ($38). Described on the box as a "gel to milk cleanser," I might have passed it up if I saw it on a store shelf, as my initial thought was that a milk cleanser probably won’t do the job. But that would have been a mistake, so I’m glad TIA provided this introduction.
Here’s a bit of background information extracted from Lumavera’s website: “Our name, Lumavera, comes from the Latin words for light (“Lumen”) and truth (“Veritas”). The principles of truth and light also guide our business. Lumavera Skincare delivers unprecedented results by blending virgin botanical extracts with advanced molecular technologies. Our skin is the largest organ in our body; therefore, we strongly believe that it is vital to use the best ingredients possible since the skin absorbs 65% of what we apply topically. The ingredients in Lumavera have been carefully chosen so that we can deliver the results you desire whilst staying true to our vision. We have combined Technology, Peptides, Marine Extracts along with Fruit and Vegetable extracts, Enzymes and many other natural sources of support for your skin. Each Lumavera product contains a powerhouse of ingredients for more youthful skin. Lumavera products contain NO parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, harsh synthetic chemicals, artificial colors or fragrances.”
Right out of the box, I was pleased to see that their cleansing gel comes in a convenient pump dispenser, as it allows me to mete out just what I need without waste. I was a bit surprised when I read the directions, which advise: “Apply a small amount of the gel to milk cleanser to the face. Massage in circular motions. Next, apply water to remove the cleanser as it turns into this milky cleanser, rinse thoroughly and pat dry.” Although I’m used to applying cleansers to skin that I’ve wet first, I kind of liked the idea of applying this one to dry skin to see how thorough it might be. It doesn’t take much — a nickel-size amount dabbed around my face easily massaged in with a very silky, emollient texture. It felt more like applying a moisturizer than a cleanser. It also has a very light, naturally derived citrus fragrance that I think would appeal to both men and women alike. This product really is chameleon-like when you rinse, as it immediately transforms into a milky liquid and washes away with little effort, leaving the skin very soft without feeling stripped.
To see how well it cleaned, I tried dampening cotton balls and pads with witch hazel and swiping across my face several times. Each time, I couldn’t see any dirt or residue. Lumavera recommends this for normal to dry skin, and although I do have quite oily skin, after several weeks of testing, I haven’t had any breakouts or blemishes. I think it has done a great job of cleaning my skin while keeping it soft and supple. Also, the ingredient list doesn’t include water, so what you are paying for is real product and not a watered-down version. I think this is a great cleanser and recommend it.