Ingredients: Deionized Water,Sodium Lauryl Sulfate,Cocamide DEA,Cocamidopropyl Betaine,Sodium Chloride, Glycolic AcidMatricaria Extract,Yarrow Extract, St Johns Wort ExtractChamomile ExtractSage Extract.

Product Description: “For dull, congested skin, this lathering, deep cleanser has the exfoliating powers of Glycolic Acid to break down build-up from skins surface, reduce minor discoloration and leave skin radiant and smooth. Formulated with Herbal Extracts for soothing benefits. Best when used 2-3 times weekly or as recommended by your skin specialist based on your skins needs”.

My Experience: So, I’ve put this review off for some time because I’m in two minds about this product. I think it’s a godsend, but I also wince every time I look at it. First of all, it’s not a pretty product (and that’s not the main reason it makes me wince!). The packaging is basic and clinical, like most Mario Badescu products, and the liquid is a cloudy yellow. Certain bodily fluids spring to mind. But that’s okay, because this does exactly what is says on the tin. Not many products give instant results like this. You only need a tiny amount to do the job, and it lathers well. After only a minute or two, the texture of my skin feels noticeably smoother. And that’s what I love about this cleanser. You can feel it working the instant its spread across your face. After a couple of weeks, the over all texture of my skin also improved. Stubborn little bumps cleared, blackheads reduced. Now onto what I don’t like. It’s very harsh, although Mario Badescu claims it can be adjusted to your skin type, and those with sensitive skin should only use it 1-2 times per week. I used this twice a week, then once, then every other week, and my skin was still dry as the Sahara. I spent a month nursing my skin back to health with gentle cleansers and intensive moisturizers. I’m so sad over this. But I’d still recommend it to those with more robust skin, because it doesn’t cost the earth and it really does improve skin texture.

The Skinny: This works wonders at smoothing and improving skin texture, but those with sensitive skin must beware, because it can be very drying.


UK: £13.95 from BeautyBay

USA: $15 from Mario Badescu

Rating: 3/5