Monday, 20 January 2014

Skin Therapy Sensitive Skin Gentle Cleansing Facial Wipes (review)

In the same way Tesco have an extensive Skin Wisdom range of skincare products, slightly upmarket rival Sainsbury's offers a slightly smaller exclusive range called Skin Therapy. The ethos behind the range is one of simplicity:

The Skin Therapy range prides itself on banishing complicated skincare science, and makes skin protection easier to understand. The products are simple to use and feature daily essentials such as: Day Creams, Eye Make-Up Remover, Gentle Face Mousse and Cleansing Facial Wipes. Starting at just £3, your skin will look flawless in no time at all!”

Skin Therapy Sensitive Skin Gentle Cleansing Facial Wipes
Since I bought these wipes at the end of last year they seem to have undergone a minor facelift, but as far as I'm aware the breadth of products and formulas are the same.

Which isn't necessarily a good thing. I only have one complaint, and I think it's best to get it out the way. These particular wipes are slippery! To get a good grip on them is tricky as the formula is somewhat silken and the wipes are smooth. While this means they're gentle on your face – obviously a 'pro' point – to cleanse thoroughly you'll struggle to press and swipe the wipe into parts of the face prone to congestion, such as the sides of the nose. Neither Nivea's Pure & Natural Facial Cleansing Wipes or Botanics All Bright Cleansing Face Wipes have this problem.

But in the scheme of things, it's not a major flaw, more an irritation. The cleansing lotion itself does a good job, and I'm sitting here ten minutes after using a wipe (and before moisturising) and I don't have even a hint of tightness. That might be due to the glycerin, aloe vera and chamomile included. They're wet enough to remove most make-up, too. I haven't tested them on anything waterproof, but they don't claim to deal with that so we can assume they can't. They don't contain any parabens or artificial fragrance and they're BUAV approved so no animals were harmed in the testing of this product.

The outer plastic wrap is not, however, currently recycled and there's no mention of the wipes being biodegradable. More companies need to address this issue; we don't have endless landfill sites. Overall they're an adequate natural performer (propylene glycol aside), but there's clearly room for improvement. Still, they're a more eco choice than Tescos rival version, so that's one-nil to Sainsbury's!

Sainsbury's are selling these wipes for just £3.00 which makes them excellent value bearing in mind they're perfectly decent performers and the ingredients listing makes for acceptable reading. I like them. They're not fancy but they do the job. You can't ask for much more than that.

And another thing...

I don't know how much truth there is to this, but apparently Sainsbury's used their might to get some very big names in skincare to develop the Skin Therapy range. These specialists have worked for some of the world's biggest skincare companies. The source I got this from won't state who, but going by these wipes, they clearly weren't created by amateurs, even though they're made to a budget.

YES!
NO!
Very affordable
Harder to grip than the best
No parabens, artificial fragrances/dyes or animal testing
Surely we can do without proplyene glycol?
Effective, genuinely gentle cleansing

Removes most make-up


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Brand: Skin Therapy


Size: 25 wipes
Price: £3.00 (£0.12/wipe)

Manufactured: United Kingdom

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Isanonanoate, Phenoxyethanol, Glycerin, Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Sodium Citrate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Benzoic Acid, Ceteareth-12, Dehydroacetic Acid, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Propylene Glycol, Alue Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid.

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