Monday, 11 March 2013

Oxy Seaweed Power Fresh Skin Wash (review)

Oxy Seaweed Power Fresh Skin Wash
When my face is lacking in radiance, and I'm looking tired I tend to use wash-off cleansers more than creams or wipes, as they're generally more invigorating when used with a facial loofah. This Oxy Seaweed Power Fresh Skin Wash goes one step further by having tiny exfoliating jojoba beads included (so you can leave out the facial loofah!). These are less abrasive than ground pumice – which is scratchy – because the beads are rounded and smooth, but when added to a suitable cleansing gel and gently rubbed all over the face they help to slough off dead skin cells while deep cleansing pores and leaving you looking fresher.

That's the theory, and thankfully the practice is just as good. The cleansing gel itself is semi-translucent and smells fantastic - it's a really lovely ocean fragrance (think Seychelles rather than Blackpool!).  It lightly foams when mixed with water. Oxy claim this alcohol-, paraben- and SLS-free wash will dissolve oil, reduce redness and spot-causing bacteria so it's suitable for oily and blemished skin types. They also claim the gentle formula is suitable for sensitive skin, but with anything even slightly abrasive I'd use it with caution.

I did find it ever so slightly drying but on the bright side it's otherwise non-irritating and the day's oil and dirt was washed away without any difficulty, which is the most important thing. I can't really comment on the spot-fighting claims, as I'm not so affected, but Oxy claims this face wash is 'proven to reduce the number of spots within 48 hours'. Bearing in mind how effective the face wash is, it might be worth a go if you've got blemished skin.  Oxy also make an exfoliant, moisturiser and treatment gel in the same seaweed range for tackling blemishes from every angle.

At £5.99 for 150 ml it is reasonable value for money, value which is enhanced by its effectiveness. I know from my own experiences as a teenager (thank goodness those years are behind me!) that if a product worked, I'd pay pretty much whatever it cost. It is the cheapest face wash we've tested so far on Beauty Insignia, and it's also my one of my personal favourites so I'd definitely give it a shot if you're the target skin type!

Mildly exfoliating and deep cleansing
I'm unconvinced that this is suitable for sensitive skin
No alcohol, parabens or SLS
A bit drying (but only a bit!)
Really lovely fragrance
Not especially natural, despite tag line


Brand: Oxy


Size: 150 ml
Price: £5.99 (£3.99/100 ml)

Manufactured: n/a

Ingredients: Aqua, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Glycerin, Silica, Polyacrylate-1 Crosspolymer, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, Parfum, Lactic Acid, Jojoba Esters, Panthenol, Zinc PCA, Hydrolyzed Algin, Limonene, Linalool, Menthol, Benzalkonium Chloride, Zinc Sulfate, Magnesium Nitrate, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Magnesium Chloride, Methylsothiazolinone, CI 77491


  1. Commenting on an old post, sorry!
    I recently bought this and I have really sensitive skin.. I've used it twice so far and it doesn't seem to have done much damage though! Hoping it'll fix up my dreaded blackheads, haha.

    Do you have any good recommendations for sensitive but dry, blackhead covered skin? I'm really trying to get rid of my black heads but I'm not too sure where to go from here OTL

    1. Hey! I'm so glad it's working for you, it's a good product. I'd give this, and perhaps the rest of the Oxy Seaweed range, at least two weeks continuous use to work properly. The other range I really like for keeping skin clear is Witch. They even do anti-spot make-up which help to disguise any flaws without aggravating the skin. I hope you get your face clear as day soon!