Let me just say something extremely cheesy first. This is my holy grail product. Now that that’s over with… This is, quite honestly, a product that I absolutely love and use almost everyday and I have been using almost every single day for the past 5 years.
I always use this product first thing in the morning with just a little bit of water. I wet my face first then apply one pump of the St. Ives Green Tea Cleanser. After rubbing this on my face and lathering it up, I rinse it off and pat my face dry with a clean towel. The reason that I pat my skin dry rather than rubbing it is that rubbing the skin can irritate it especially if you have sensitive or dry skin as well as remove essential natural oil cause your skin to become dry.
This product also has 100% naturally sourced extracts. Now this sounds great but what does it really mean? Well, the word “natural” all depends on who you are talking to and what you are talking about. The phrase “naturally sourced” has raised plenty of questions as it appeared on more and more products over the years and I am still not 100% sure of what it truly means. In this case, I tend to believe that the scent is 100% natural. I have to admit that I do like the whole”naturally sourced” aspect of this product even though I’m not sure of it’s meaning. I fell into the trap.
Even if the scent was added, which, now that I think of it in more depth, I’m glad it’s not, there are so many more reasons why I fell in love with this product. It’s paraben free! If you’re like me, you are scratching your head wondering what that means and why you should care. Parabens are widely used preservatives in cosmetics. They act like salt does in food to prevent fungus, mole and bacteria from growing in your products. They is quite the controversy surrounding parabens with some researchers saying that parabens are bad because they can act as the hormone estrogen and cause infertility or even breast cancer while others state that in small amounts this chemical does not significant damage. I think the keyword there is “significant”. But I for one believe that since this product is paraben-free, there is no danger related to the little guys here.
Continuing on, this product is “oil-free”. Now I can be slightly skeptical when products are labeled as such since a lot of the time the company will produce the oil synthetically and this will allow for the product to be labeled as “oil-free”. After looking at the list of ingredients in the St. Ives Green Tea Cleanser I noticed two things in particular. Well, two ingredients more so. The first ingredient was something called cocamidopropyl Betaine. Now this is an organic compound but it is also derived from coconut oil. I know it says “derived” and not “it is…” but the two are actually very similar. The second ingredient is even worse. Menthyl acetate constitutes approximately 3-5% of the volatile oil in the peppermint plant. Since this can be synthetically produced much like cocamidopropyl, it is still okay for the label to say “oil-free”. Why is it such a big deal that a product is oil-free? Well, to me it’s not since I don’t have oily skin but either way, the more oil Ina product, the more likely it is to break you out.
Next on the list of “benefits” on this label is this product contains salicylic acid. Most cosmetic products that claim to help acne or are blemish clearing will contain approximately .5% to 2% salicylic acid. The St. Ives Cleanser contains 2%, so it is on the higher end. This range is the best for clearing mild to moderate acne without causing the skin to become overly dry. Looking at how salicylic acid actually works is kind of scary but since it is used in a diluted solution and it has been working for me,I have no problem with it. When salicylic acid is applied to the skin it gently removes the excess skin and causes the outermost layer of skin to swell, soften and peel. This removes dead skin and will also clear out pores as it removes excess skin from the hair follicles. By doing so. This prevents acne from occurring.
Finally, this product is dermatologist tested and hypoallergenic meaning it is relatively unlikely to be the cause of an allergic reaction. I always feel a little bit better about applying a product that is tested by dermatologist because this way I know that what I am putting on my skin is going to be relatively safe. That being said, the FDA does not require proof that products with this label really are tested by doctors. As well, almost every product is going to cause an allergic reaction in somebody with sensitive skin. Again, this label is misleading but they are able to put it on their product.
Through all of their packaging changes, I have been there for this product and this product has been there for me. In the end, I still love this product because it has worked for me. Even though I do not agree with some of their advertising on the label, I would still highly recommend this product for the product itself.