I am back with the current blogger favourite drugstore brand of the season – Amie Skincare! I feel like I’m talking about skincare A LOT, but it is truly a topic that I love and even though it can be daunting and filled with many “spiels” I do my best to navigate and hopefully share some useful tidbits with you all. After reviewing the Radiant Dawn Exfoliating Wash (review here), I had voiced that it was a little bit too rough for my skin for daily use. The Morning Clear Purifying Facial Wash ($12 CDN) has been a MUCH better option for me and my skin thanks to the lack of exfoliating bits. It’s also pink which is a girly plus.
It almost looks like a moisturizer because this is a creamy face wash and is perfect for those of us with very dry skin or prefer the “non-squeaky clean” skin feel. The scent is also very subtle and faintly floral (most likely orange blossom).
Mayblossom(Crataegus Monogyna Fruit Extract) and elderflower (Sambucus nigra): control oiliness and prevent blemishes
Orange blossom (Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Extract) and raspberry (Rubus idaeus): tone and refresh
Information on mayblossom was all over the place, but with regards to skin has a high concentration of antioxidants. It does help with skin irritation, which could prevent further breakouts. Elderflower also contains potent antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties(http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-elderflower.html#Active-Ingredients-in-Elderflower, November, 2014).
With regards to skincare, orange blossom is considered a skin-conditioning agent, meaning that it has the ability to attract and hold moisture in the skin and is also used as fragrance (http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/717907/CITRUS_AURANTIUM_AMARA_(BITTER_ORANGE)_FLOWER_EXTRACT/, November, 2014). Raspberry can be very soothing to inflamed skin and is an excellent ingredient for sensitive or acne-prone skin (http://www.dermalinstitute.com/us/library/glossary.html?l=R, November, 2014)). Instead of tone and refresh, I’d probably say that these two ingredients instead tone and soothe skin.
Final Verdict: When I had a look at the ingredients list, cocoa seed butter was third ingredient which explains the “creamy” look and feel to this face wash. I love how gentle this face wash feels on my skin, especially the sensitive cheek area. I do not feel stripped of moisture and have been alternating this face wash with the exfoliating Radiant Dawn which seems to be working well for my current skin state.
I don’t normally get blemishes so I can’t attest to that particular claim, but I certainly didn’t acquire MORE blemishes while I’ve been using this face wash! I certainly prefer this form of milky, moisturizing cleanser as opposed to an exfoliating one. In the mornings my skin feels more sensitive and I would prefer to use something gentle, so for those of you who have similar “skin feelings” Amie’s Morning Clear Facial Wash is a great and affordable little companion to Morning Light Hydrating Daily Moisturiser that I have come to love.
Do you like reading about specific ingredients? Skin care is incredibly difficult to navigate and I’m learning to when I look things up.
PR sample sent for review.