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I have tried and purchased many products by Prana, so I was happy to be selected to try the Prana NuCleanse ($32). My experience with this company has been great and this product did not disappoint.
I am 39 years old, have somewhat blemish-prone skin, but am becoming drier overall, compared to my early and mid 30s. Products that don’t dry out my skin are now something I am mindful of, especially cleansers which can often feel like they strip the skin in an unnatural way. In my opinion, a cleanser should leave my face feeling clean, but not much else.
I am happy to say that the Prana NuCleanse did a great job. The texture is a little thin, so you have to be careful not to use too much, as was my tendency. It has a very light scent, and reminded me a little of dish soap at first. However, the performance made up for that. I use a Clairsonic and the combination of the cleanser and the brush was good. Again, it’s a little on the thin side so it feels like you need more than you do. I usually use the residue on my face to wipe away mascara and that’s where this cleanser did better than some others I’ve tried. It easily removed my mascara without leaving me with raccoon eyes. My face felt so clean afterward and NO tightness or dryness at all.
Overall, the ingredient list looks good, with nothing alarming as far as I can tell. Aloe vera gel is a common natural skin moisturizer and may aid some skin conditions. Then there are various surfactants and skin conditioning agents like yucca, soapwort and chamomile. The only questionable ingredient is sodium hydroxymethyl* which looks to be a preservative but is still considered a moderate risk on the Environmental Working Group’s website.
Overall, I really liked the cleanser and hope that it will be available on the website soon. Price is a big factor for a cleanser in my opinion. I have fallen in love with some really pricy brands, but at the end of the day I cannot justify paying a lot for something that ultimately gets washed down the drain. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!
*Ed. note: Since Amy's test of Prana NuCleanse, Prana has removed the sodium hydroxymethl from the product.