Just before Christmas, the eczema on my face was at its worst, very cracked and painful. So I finally pushed aside my dislike of going to the doctors and got a proper prescription to deal with it. At the same time, he also recommended a soap substitute lotion, Dermol 500 lotion, that he thought would be good as most soap (especially with the eczema on my hand) was too harsh for my skin.
A month on and I was feeling as though, on my face especially, this wasn’t enough. It is very creamy and was causing my face to breakout and I didn’t feel as though it was cleaning. This is when I started to search for a gentle face wash/cleanser. I had already tried many previously and knew that they were no good; however, having loved the Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado and samples of the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream, I decided to buy the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser. Not living near a store that stocks Kiehl’s was my downfall here though, as I just dove straight in and brought it.
The Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser has a gel texture, which I knew straight away is usually not good for my skin; however I persevered because I thought it could still be good. Secondly I noticed that it has a chemical smell which does put me off products as I like them to smell good or of nothing, but again I persevered. When using it, I found it was quite stripping and too harsh for my skin and after a few days of use, my eczema had flared up again and, of course, I stopped using it. Overall, despite it saying that it is suitable “for all skin types” I really would not recommend this for dry and sensitive skin types, but of course you shouldn’t make my mistake and should try it be for you buy it.
After the Kiehl’s cleanser was no good, I continued my search for one that was. I was browsing an Origins counter for the Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask and, along with a sample of this, I was also given samples of the Dr Weil for Origins Mega-Mushroom Range, this included the cleanser. Firstly, I would like to say, that they are very generous with samples and it really gives you the opportunity to properly try a product before making a decision to purchase.
The Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Face Cleanser has a very creamy texture which feels very nice to use on the skin. The scent is of lavender and could be considered overpowering but as it is being washed off, I didn’t mind. I have been using this for a couple of weeks now and I don’t think it strips or dries out my skin (it actually feels quite moisturising) and it hasn’t caused any eczema flare ups which is brilliant.
I use the Mega-Mushroom Cleanser twice a day, followed by the Dermol 500 lotion and my moisturising routine.
If you are looking for a cleanser to remove eye make-up, look elsewhere, this is more for use after make-up has already been removed. This product is also very expensive – £27.50 for 150ml – but I do think that, for me at least, the cost is well worth it.
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