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Skin Nutrition cleanser and toner- reviewed and recommended

Is a Solution for:
Dull Skin, Oily Skin
June 17, 2010 Reviewed by Marta 8 Comments
Although I think that Skin Nutrition’s flagship Cell CPR is an excellent antiaging product, I’ll grant you that at $173 (available in the TIA store) it is expensive. So I have been trying out some of Skin Nutrition’s maintenance products – the cleanser, toner and moisturizer – to see if we can embrace more affordable products in the line. I am still testing the moisturizer, but at this stage I am able to give the cleanser and toner a big thumbs up.

Both the Cleansing Gel and the Toner Spritz are packed with skin enhancing botanicals. The mildly foaming cleanser is non drying but does a really good job of refining pores and the toner gives me a refreshing start to the day. After using them my skin looks incredibly clean and restored. With minimalist design for the packaging and a hint of a clean, fruity smell, both products are comfortably unisex (worth keeping in mind as Father’s Day approaches).

The first batch of ingredients in the cleansing gel are benign. For example, peg-150 pentaerythrityl tetrastearate  is a thickener that is a less irritating substitute for diethanolamide (DEA). Ditto for peg-6 caprylic/capric glyceride, which goes by the name of Softigen 767 and seems be non-irritating. Thereafter it starts to get interesting with cactus pear being a key ingredient in both the cleanser and toner.

The fruits of the cactus pear, some of you may be interested to note, are a hangover cure. More pertinent is the fact that recent studies have shown the extracts to have antioxidant properties and reduce DNA damage. Cactus pear fruit contains substantial amounts of vitamin C, biothiols, and taurine and betalain, a kind of pigment that tests have shown are especially responsible for the plant’s antioxidant potency.  People who ate 500 g fruit pulp daily for two weeks showed decreased lipid oxidation and improved antioxidant status (doing a better job than vitamin C alone, according to one study).

As well as an orchard of other antioxidant fruits, the cleanser has glucose oxidase, which contains three important amino acids, and lactoperoxidase, an antioxidant enzyme from milk.

Also in both, but more prominently featured in the toner is vitex agnus castus extract. Known more commonly as monks pepper (because folklore had it that it was an an aphrodisiac), it has some research backing it up as an effective treatment for PMS.  Whether it can help hormonal-related skin conditions isn’t clear.

All in all, Skin Nutrition’s cleanser and toner live up to the high standards set by Cell CPR. And although neither are priced for bargain bin, the quantities (3.4 fl oz for the cleanser and 4.2 fl oz for the toner) ensure they will get plenty of use.

Ingredients in cleanser

Water (Aqua), Sodium Peg-7 Olive Oil Carboxylate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lauryl Glucoside, Glycerin, Peg-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, Peg-60 Almond Glycerides, Peg-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Glucose, Butylene Glycol, Glucose Oxidase, Citric Acid, Opuntia Ficus-indica (Cactus Pear) Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract, Lycium Barbarum (Goji Berry) Fruit Extract, Euterpa Oleracea (Acai Berry) Fruit Extract, Fragaria Vesca (Strawberry) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Lactoperoxidase, Vitex Agnus Castus Extract, Borago (Borage) Officinalis Extract, Phaeodactylum Tricornutum (Algae) Extract, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel, Glyceryl Caprylate, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Sodium Levulinate SN-NPS™ * (Proprietary Natural Preservative System) *Patent Pending

Ingredients in toner

Water (Aqua), Peg-60 Almond Glycerides, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Glucose, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Opuntia Ficus-indica (Cactus Pear) Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract, Lycium Barbarum (Goji Berry) Fruit Extract, Euterpa Oleracea (Acai Berry) Fruit Extract, Fragaria Vesca (Strawberry) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Citric Acid, Glucose Oxidase, Lactoperoxidase, Vitex Agnus Castus (Monk's Pepper Berry) Extract, Sodium Levulinate, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Extract, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Phaeodactylum Tricornutum (Algae) Extract, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Glyceryl Caprylate, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract SN-NPS™ * (Proprietary Natural Preservative System) *Patent Pending
  • October 9, 2015

    by Maria

    Hi I have just purchased the cleansing gel and it was packed properly and sealed but when I opened it it did not feel like a gel but a water solution. It smells nice and even when i shake the tube i can feel that it is like a water inside.
    Is it what it is supposed to be or it should be thick as a normal gel?
    Thank you in advance.

  • July 8, 2014

    by susan

    Correction: Vitex, aka "monk's pepper" or "chaste tree", is so called because it's supposed to diminish sex drive. Monks are supposed to be celibate, which means they aren't supposed to have sex. "Aphrodisiac" means something that increases sex drive. This would be bad for monks.

  • July 20, 2010

    by Maria

    Thanks for your prompt answer. I must comment it is not my website.I was just browsing.

  • July 20, 2010

    by marta

    Hi Maria
    The website that you link to says that honeysuckle breaks down into formaldehyde and then goes on to say that is why they use phenoxyethanol, amongst other preservatives. There are a couple of odd things about this. First, I have researched Lonicera Japonese (Japanese Honeysuckle) and can't find a single reference to it and formaldehyde. It is, however, a little controversial because it contains a paraben -parahydroxy benzoic acid, which is chemically similar to methylparaben. Your website, Oksia, doesn't mention this. Anyhow, it isn't clear whether we should be concerned about the honeysuckle paraben. Most of the research on the potentially irritating or carcinogenic effects of parabens has been conducted on esterized (synthetic) parabens (eg methylparaben). In the meantime, there are several animal studies that demonstrate that <a href="" rel="nofollow">phenoxyethanol</a> is toxic – with effects on the brain and the nervous system – at moderate concentrations.

  • July 20, 2010

    by Maria


    I have read that the Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract causes a natural form formaldehyde from Oskia London skincare site.
    Is this true? I am bit worried.

  • June 23, 2010

    by Stephanie

    How did you learn about proleva, and what made you decide to try the product? Do you work for them?


  • June 18, 2010

    by Devang

    I agree fruits can be very beneficial for your health. But I believe the best skin nutritional cleanser and toner is Proleva. Proleva has 8 powerful antioxidant including skin cleanser fruits. I have been using Proleva for few months. Proleva is a very powerful antioxidant supplement. I highly recommend Proleva. You only have to take two pills per day to get the fighting antioxidants for your health It boosts energy, defends against illness, and much more.

  • June 17, 2010

    by Julie Kay

    I like the ingredients of the toner. I've become a huge toner fan. Soak the face- soak, soak, soak. I might try this one out. ~jk

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