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Nutra-Lift Glycolic Plus Non Soap Cleanser Review

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Nutra-Lift Glycolic Plus Non Soap Cleanser 4 oz
January 13, 2014 Reviewed by Marta 7 Comments
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A non-soap cleanser that really works to even out skin tone and shrink pores


Gentle on skin and improves skin tone



I have to confess, I wasn’t jumping up and down with enthusiasm when I was asked to test Nutra-Lift Glycolic Plus Non Soap Cleanser ($20) – I have sensitive skin and the deep mid-winter is taking its toll without the potentially drying effects of a glycolic cleanser. But after using Nutra-Lift’s cleanser for a couple of weeks, I was doing a happy dance. 

Nutra-Lift Glycolic Plus Non Soap Cleanser has 10% glycolic, but is surprisingly gentle. Do not think ineffective, though. I would go so far as say that this cleanser is an essential step in a regimen to even out skin tone (which happens to be the kick I am on right now). Even after the first rinse, my skin looked clearer and I believe it helps shrink open pores. But after two or three weeks, I really felt I was seeing the benefits of better skin tone overall.

In what is a relatively simple formula for Nutra-Lift, glycolic is clearly the star of Glycolic Plus Non Soap Cleanser’s show. It is worth giving a call out to the other ingredients though. They are mostly oils, but I must stress that this does not look or feel like an oil cleanser and so I take these ingredients for their antioxidant value.

These featured oils include rose hip (resplendent with fatty acids), antioxidant chamomile and soothing calendula. Grapefruit and citrus provide a light, zesty fragrance. 

If you are wondering about the “non soap” in Nutra Lift Glycolic Plus Non Soap Cleanser, that is the sodium olivate, which is olive oil saponified (made into soap) by mixing it with sodium hydroxide and water. The sodium hydroxide is supposedly used up in the process, leaving only the soap.

Nutra-Lift Glycolic Plus Non Soap Cleanser is one of several products in the Nutra-Lift range, such as Nutra-Lift Simply Super Goat Milk Shampoo, that has recently been reformulated and another good reason to get reacquainted with this brand. 

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  • November 24, 2014

    by Laura Ellen Hisam

    (5 out of 5)

    This is my weekly alternative to a facial scrub because I have very sensitive, highly allergic skin. Leaves my skin feeling so smooth!

  • February 6, 2014

    by Marta

    (5 out of 5)

    Hi Courtney, Nutra-Lift says it can be used twice a day (night and morning). However, my personal experience is that it is too drying for even once a day. A few times a week is perfect though. I guess it depends on how oily your skin is and you could start daily until your condition clears up and then pull back if need be.

  • February 5, 2014

    by Courtney

    Hi Marta, is this product safe to use on a daily basis? I also have the Toner Tea Bar at home that I use with my clarisonic daily.
    I'm attempting to target the build up in my pores around my chin/cheek area - tiny lumps and bumps/blackhead kind of build up. Nothing seems to have worked so far!

  • January 16, 2014

    by Marta

    Hi Barbara, you could definitely use this cleanser with a Clarisonic or other cleansing brush. But I wouldn't use them both together every day - unless you find your skin can tolerate that much exfoliation. Personally I brush most days and use the Nutra-Lift Glycolic about 2-3 times a week now. As a general point most cleansers will work with brushing, but I think gel rather than creamy cleanser work best.

  • January 16, 2014

    by Barbara

    Marta, would this be a cleanser to use with a clarisonic? If not, what might be best?

  • January 14, 2014

    by Marta

    (5 out of 5)

    Pami, I wouldn't add in anything else with glycolic or AHAs and you have to remember that this ingredient makes the skin more photosensitive so you need to wear your sunscreen afterwards.

  • January 13, 2014

    by Pami

    Are there ingredients in other products you chose to avoid while using this glycolic cleanser? I need to make a chart so I can remember!

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