What is transparent on the outside, green on the inside, and spurts runny slime?  If you're thinking Slimer from Ghostbusters, take a break from prepping for Halloween or reliving the 80's, and join me in trying to solve the more timely riddle of aging.  The first thing that came to my mind was a bottle of Adorage's Cleansing Formula, which I have been using morning and night for the past 10 days.

Recommended to me by a specialist to prevent acne breakouts and tame the problem areas of combination skin, Adorage's lightweight gel cleanser is the first step in its range of cosmoceuticals.  Though it might lack some of the powerful active ingredients present in Adorage's serums and creams, the gel cleanser packs in an antioxidant-based glycolic acid compound calibrated at 5% in addition to a few phytoextracts. Combined with a deliciously fresh fragrance redolent of a pine forest, this potent green goo gives new meaning to the word "clean".

I must admit that I was expecting the exfoliating effects of the glycolic acid and the antiseptic nature of the formula to make my skin taut and dry.  On the contrary, my face was perfectly comfortable and only required moisturizer in the form of sun protection, since all AHA products leave skin more sensitive to the sun.  My skin appears perfectly happy and healthy, without a blemish in sight.  Adorage's two cleansers, which differ in consistency but not in concentration, are pictured below:

At 5%, this cleanser's level of glycolic acid is just gentle enough not to aggravate, but strong enough to do what it does best - lightly exfoliate the surface, clarify any discolorations, clear follicular debris, and accelerate cellular turnover.  Glycolic acid is also believed to prevent skin thickening and to protect skin from free radical damage.  For the most part, the cleanser's inactive ingredients do not disappoint, drawing on resources found in nature.

All of Adorage's products contain phytoextracts, which are antioxidant-rich organics long believed to hold the power to keep skin vibrant and youthful. The cleansing formula contains a sprinkle of thyme and rosemary extracts, both natural antiseptics and antioxidants with great antimicrobal power. Touting one of the strongest antioxidant properties known in dermatology, rosemary extract promises the prospect of miraculous lifting and rejuvenating benefits.

In addition to the phytoextracts, there is lysine PCA, a semisynthetic compound derived from amino acids which contributes moisturizing, as well as coco-betaine, a coconut oil extract which acts as a foaming and cleansing agent.  Cetrimonium chloride, also derived from coconuts, lightly conditions in tandem with zinc PCA, a popular component in cosmetics intended for oily skin since it suppresses sebum levels.  All ingredients are non-comedogenic and paraben-free, though there is shady propylene glycol lurking about.  Nothing else should give you fright, except perhaps the $47 price tag.


Water, Coco-Betaine, Glycolic Acid, Lysine PSA, Thyme Extract, Rosemary Extract, Xanthane Gum, PPG-1-PEG-9 LaurylGlycolEther, Zinc PCA, 5 Bromo 5, Nitro 1-3 Dioxane, Ceteareth-9, Fragrance, Propylene Glycol, Ammonium Hydroxide, Cetrimonium Chloride, Cl19140 (FD aC Yellow5), Cl42051 (FD aC Blue1).