I was very excited to try the Sciote Peptide+Defense Hydration Repair Cleanser ($48) as I have been hoping to discover a face wash that works best for my skin type and my current anti-aging needs. I’m in my mid-40s with dry to normal skin, so a hydration repair cleanser seemed to fit my needs well.
I always like to learn what ingredients are in a product and a little about the brand. I was very impressed with Sciote Skin’s philosophy. They use the purest ingredients—they have no sulphates, thalates, parabens, dyes, toxic and harmful chemicals, or artificial perfumes. They are mindful of the environment—their packaging is 100% recyclable, air-less packaging and they source all ingredients in the U.S. and all products are cruelty-free. And part of their philosophy is ‘knowledge is power’, so their ingredient list includes the scientific terms as well as the common names of ingredients. There are still a number of ‘chemical’ sounding ingredients in the cleanser, which, after investigating, turn out to be foam boosters and skin-conditioning agents. It would be nice to have that info and remove the mystery of some ingredients.
Most impressive about this cleanser was its ability to deep clean my skin and remove all traces of makeup. Every time I would use a toner, not a trace of makeup would appear on my cotton pad. My face was clean and clear. It was also a pleasure to use. A touch of water is all it takes to transform this low-foaming silky gel cleaner into a lather that easily rinses away.
The cleanser is housed in a 6oz pump bottle, making it incredibly convenient to use at the sink or in the shower. One pump was plenty to wash my face and neck, so despite its price, it's sure to last a long time.
Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Aloe) is listed as one of the top ingredients. It is usually added for its antioxidants, as well as its soothing and hydrating properties. This cleanser also has many plant oils that have replenishing and antioxidant properties. And for added firming and wrinkle-fighting power, this cleanser is also boosted with anti-aging peptides. I will take any help I can get so it was nice to see such a broad range of ingredients that help maximize the efficacy of my regimen and can help fight the signs of aging by reinforcing skin’s natural barrier during the cleaning process.
This cleanser stings quite a bit if it accidentally gets in your eyes (it certainly did speed up my cleansing routine on those nights). I did not find that a deterrent to recommending this cleanser, just worth noting.
Although I found so many attributes of this product fabulous, in the end it wasn’t the cleanser for me. Many times after washing my skin was dry and taut, so I would need to rush and put on my moisturizer. I definitely noticed the dry skin was more pronounced during the really bitter cold weather and has not been as pronounced with the milder spring weather.
It was a love-hate relationship using this cleanser—on the days my skin looked dry and taut, I was so disappointed, and on the days it wasn’t, I still didn’t feel like I had the level of hydration I would expect from the right cleanser. I still plan to continue to use the remainder of the bottle as a good deep cleanser during the summer months. I really do believe this is a great cleanser, it just wasn’t the right one for me.