Since the previous review was of some pretty abrasive cleansing balm, here's something much kinder and gentler: Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial Wash. I've been enjoying Elemis body products for a while now (and really should review them. They're fabulous), and several GWP and samples have pushed me towards their skincare, because my face was loving every last drop. That was the case with the Tri-Enzyme Face Wash. I went through several travel size minis and finally took advantage of the Nordstrom half yearly extravaganza that offered an exclusive jumbo size (13.5 oz) at a decent size (it's still available online).
I'm a devotee of Paula's Choice Resist cleanser and highly recommend it to everyone, but I felt the need to spice things up for summer and alternate products.This Elemis face wash uses enzymes derived from fruit acids to do the cleansing. Since you wash it right off, the cleanser is very mild (at least for non-sensitive skin that's used to various acids). It feels soft and luxurious on the face and I like the light floral fragrance. I find that the cleanser washes off any remnants of oil cleanser and makeup debris that's left after my initial makeup removal. It also makes my face feel refreshed if I use it in the morning. There's no tightness or that squeaky feel of heavy-duty cleansers, just a general sensation of well-being.
Bottom Line: works for me.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Acrylates Copolymer, Polysorbate 20, Glycol Distearate, Sodium Lactate, Coco-Glucoside, Xanthan Gum, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Galactoarabinan, Papain, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Protease, Subtilisin, Poria Cocos Root Extract, Tromethamine, Glyceryl Oleate, Dicaprylyl Ether, Phenoxyethanol, Lauryl Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Fragrance (Parfum), Glyceryl Stearate, Methylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Propylene Glycol, Behenyl Alcohol, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Stearyl Alcohol.
Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial Wash ($49, for the regular 6.8 oz size) is available from Nordstrom and Dermstore.