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Skinfinite Purify Facial Cleanser- reviewed and recommended

Our Rating: 5 stars


BHAs slough away dull, damaged skin


Little evidence proving the effectiveness of mangosteen
April 21, 2012 Reviewed by Marta 4 Comments
An effective cleanser for breakout prone skin

The warmer weather has me anticipating languid summer days, but also brings less pleasant memories of oily skin that never feels quite clean in the hot and grimy city. Bring on Skinfinite’s Purify Facial Cleanse ($30 for 6.6fl oz in the shop). For really clean skin and refined pores, it is hard to beat. It’s fruity fragrance is a stimulating start to the day and the combination of exfoliating hydroxy acids and antioxidants – with nothing nasty – are worth leaving on while you clean your teeth to get some more of their benefits.

Although I am really loving this cleanser, I must admit to finding it a little intimidating at first. The sleek and modern unisex packaging and prominently featured hydroxy acids did not say "gentle" to my sensitive skin. I feared Purify Facial Cleanse would be too harsh for me. Happily, my fears were not confirmed and I can easily use this every other day and when the weather becomes humid, I can see that it will serve me as a daily cleanser.

The hydroxy acids are lactic acid (an alpha hydroxyl acid) and salicylic acid (beta hydroxyl acid). They work in a complimentary fashion: alpha hydroxy acids are water soluble, beta hydroxy acids are lipid (oil) soluble. Alpha hydroxy acids loosen the glue-like substances that hold skin cells together, shedding the top layer of dull, damaged skin. BHAs also penetrate deep through the epidermis to exfoliate the dead skin cells and excess oil built up in the pores.

Also in Purify cleanser is yogurt extract, as well as having a lactic acid component, it is rich in vitamins, calcium and minerals. Amongst the botanicals, there’s antioxidant and astringent raspberry. Less convincing is mangosteen, although it does seem to be an anti-inflammatory the supporting evidence for its superfruit status remains scant.

The soapy stuff is a benign coconut derivative, potassium cocoate and yucca root. The saponins in yucca root not only act as a surfactant but also have anti-inflammatory properties.

As well as being refreshing and cleansing, the ingredients make this a good product for breakout control. It would be suitable for any age and skin type, except perhaps very dry skin.

In the interests of full disclosure, I have to admit that Purify has a product twin. The exact same formula is used in a product by Elena Rubin Skincare called Corpus Cleopatra. However, this is positioned as a body wash. As a facial cleanser I feel it is better value and, since I do really like the ingredients, I have (although I don’t generally stock white labeled formulas) decided to include Skinfinite Purify Facial cleanser in the TIA shop.

Ingredients: Potassium Cocoate, Aqua (Water), Lactic Acid (L), Salicylic Acid, Yogurt Extract, Garcinia Mangostana (Mangosteen) Peel Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Yucca Schidigera Root Extract, Citrus Grandis (White Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil*, Citrus Aurantifola (Lime) Peel Extract*, Citrus Nobilis (Red Mandarin Orange) Oil, Glycerin*, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil*, Fragrance/Parfum (Natural), *Certified Organic


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  • October 12, 2013

    by Erica

    Purify's scent is delightful. Smells just like candy... Nerds or Bottlecaps. Yum!

  • January 31, 2013

    by Marta

    Hi Bella, I think that this is a great cleanser, but with mature, dry skin it should be used with caution - perhaps a couple of times a week rather than every day. Exfoliation is good for flaky dry skin, but should not be over done.

  • January 31, 2013

    by Bella

    I'm a little confused, why would this product be bad for people with dry skin? I thought gentle exfoliates were supposed to help dry skin?


  • April 22, 2012

    by Julie Kay

    I would find this cleanser intimidating, as well, Marta- glad to read your review and how it plays out. I went to the Skinfinite site after reading Mark's latest post and found a couple products intriguing. I'm very leery of cleansers. I find my skin does much better with a good water rinse. Just feels like I'm stripping it with most cleansers. However, exfoliation is a good semi regularly for me. I could see myself using this maybe once every other week prior to a mask. Or maybe every 10 days or so... Thanks for giving it a go. ~jk

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