Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser Product Review
If you are someone who uses or is considering using Cetaphil Cleanser, here is the reasons I do not recommend this product. I will say upfront that I have never used Cetaphil and will not after reading the ingredient list.
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser ingredient list contains just eight ingredients: water, cetyl alcohol, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate, stearyl alcohol, methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben. Seven of the eight ingredients are all chemically manufactured and have a seat on the dirty dozen (a list of cosmetic ingredients to avoid as potentially toxic).
Propylene glycol brings moisture from the air to the skin (a humectant), but it also enhances the penetration of other products and chemicals into the skin and blood stream. The three parabens are estrogenic in nature, throwing off the natural balance of hormones in the body increasing the risk of infertility in both men and women, as well as breast, uterine, and testicular cancer.
Many fellow estheticians have noted that Cetaphil can be very drying to the skin this is due to the sodium lauryl sulfate (the main ingredient in laundry and dish soap) a surfactant which releases oil and dirt from the skin. They have also noted that it does a poor job at removing make up.
I would avoid the toxic sludge and use something like Lira Clinical Bio Enzyme Cleaner, a gentle yet effective cleanser without all the chemicals.
Deep Cleansing Black Mask Product Review
So, I have had a few people ask me about this mask. The majority of what this product removes is the very fine vellus hair and some sebaceous filaments. The reports that I have heard are that the longer you leave it on the more painful it is to remove. The ingredients are very drying to the skin, compromising the barrier function (the oil/water balance) that protects the moisture balance of the skin. This mask can be really drying and damaging to the skin. These quick fix fads tend to burn out quickly. My recommendation is if you are going to try this mask is to limit the use to maybe twice a month to allow your skin to heal in between treatments.
It is important to remember there is no quick fix to the issues that you may be facing. They may just be appearing now, but the damage usually began years ago. I work one on one with each of my clients to put together a treatment protocol to address your goals. I do not use the marketing gimmick of listing a bunch of facials on my menu for you to choose from. I custom each facial/service to help you reach your goals.