Finally, the first of my skincare reviews!
Skincare is a running pitched battle for me. My skin is a temperamental combination of oily, sensitive and dehydrated, variable depending on the day, the weather, the temperature and a whole bunch of other influencing factors. Fun times! Sensitive, though, is top of the list of day-to-day problems, which means that generally the watchwords when it comes to skincare are “mild”, “hypoallergenic” and “gentle” with words like “alcohol”, “astringent” and (unfortunately) “oil control” to be avoided at all costs.
Generally there are three cleansers I use, one for the morning, one to get my makeup off, and one which is more of a general wash – mainly for evenings when I don’t have makeup to remove or if the remover hasn’t quite done its job (That Estée Lauder foundation really does stick around!).
Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser is my morning cleanser, usually used when I’m in the shower. It is somewhere far beyond gentle. I have in the past used face cleansers labelled as being for sensitive skin which have left my skin covered in big red blotches and feeling like it’s on fire – but this one is truly, truly gentle, and it’s quite lovely.
Now for a slightly less artsy picture…
As you can see, it comes in the original 6 fl oz size, and they’ve just (very usefully) released a 2 fl oz travel size. Nothing quite so irritating as having to tote a full size bottle of something on your travels with you and having it leak somewhere along the way!
Milky Jelly has, as the name suggests, a gel formulation. The texture when it’s in your hand isn’t a million miles away from that of hair gel or serum, only without being sticky.
Milky Jelly contains no foaming agents at all, so when you apply it to your skin there are no soapy looking suds. It spreads very easily over the skin, especially when your skin is damp to begin with. You massage it in, as gently or as firmly as you like, rinse it away – and you’re done. I usually find that two to three pumps is about the right amount. It does a beautiful job of removing surface oil and dirt, takes away that “overnight grunge” feeling, and leaves my skin smooth, soft and not remotely tight or sensitive. It doesn’t leave me immediately running for my moisturiser like soap-based cleansers do.
An added benefit of this one is that it is a “wet and dry” cleanser. You can use it in the way I’ve described above, on damp skin, or you can use slightly more of it (another pump, perhaps) and apply it directly to dry skin as a makeup remover. Simply massage it in all over your face anywhere you have makeup on, including your eye area (I told you it was gentle!) and then remove with a warm, damp flannel and a splash of water. Done. It seems to just melt off all but the most stubborn makeup with absolutely no trouble at all. (I will say that I can’t comment on how it does with waterproof mascaras, I don’t use them.)
I don’t generally use Milky Jelly for makeup removal on a day-to-day because I find that the aforementioned glorious Estée Lauder foundation needs something with a bit more oomph to shift it, so I use an oily balm cleanser instead. I have used it this way occasionally when I’ve only been wearing tinted moisturiser and it works brilliantly.
According to the product page at Glossier (link below) the leading cleansing agent used is Poloxamer, which is widely used in contact lens solution. This goes a long way to explaining its gentleness, and the fact that it doesn’t even remotely irritate the eye area. It also contains (among other things) Rosewater and Comfrey Root Extract, both of which have soothing and healing properties. It is hypoallergenic, soap free, paraben free, sulfate free, cruelty free, doesn’t block your pores and is also vegan. As the saying goes – what’s not to love?
Quite seriously, I am absolutely delighted to have found this stuff. Even on days when I get out of bed with my skin in the kind of punchy mood that means it’s ready to pick a fight with just about anything (days where previously anything other than water was out of the question), I can use this cleanser without it causing a diplomatic incident, and my skin is calmer and happier afterwards.
This one is now a permanent fixture in my bathroom and my travel bag. Good work, Glossier.
Available here: RRP £15 for the large size and £8 for the travel size.
DISCLAIMER: This review is not sponsored by Glossier Inc., and I have no affiliation with the company. I have not been paid or otherwise compensated for this review, and I (or my very generous husband) pay for every product I review. All opinions are my own unless otherwise stated.