This is review #1 in a series of Image Skincare product reviews by our fabulous esthetician, Amanda. Enjoy!
Product: Ormedic Balancing Facial Cleanser (a foaming gel cleanser)
Amanda’s Skin Type: combination (though more prone to oiliness)
Amanda’s Skin Concerns: acne-prone, hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin), oily, uneven tone, occasional dryness
How do you use this product?
I cleanse with it twice a day, morning and night, with lukewarm water – being sure to include my neck and chest because those are important areas that tend to be neglected when using skincare products.
What are your favorite ingredients in the Balancing Facial Cleanser & why:
*aloe leaf extract (organic)– because it is both soothing and healing
*Japanese green tea (organic) – super antioxidant– helps battle against environmental damages (excessive sun exposure, pollutants like cigarette smoke, etc.) and protects against UV damage by increasing the efficacy of sunscreen products
*flower & comfrey extract– anti-inflammatory, astringent and antiseptic. It also helps heal breakouts, as well as calms and protects skin from minor abrasions. Perfect for those dealing with acne who need a break from harsh & drying acne skincare products.
What are some improvements you’ve seen in your skin since using the Balancing Facial Cleanser?
I’ve struggled with an uneven skin tone my entire life, and there were times when I wasn’t comfortable leaving the house without putting some makeup on to even it out. I am happy to say that the biggest changes I’ve seen overall are a more balanced appearance of my uneven skin tone, a decrease in acne breakouts, and decreased oiliness.
Darker skin produces more melanin (which gives our skin its color), so I constantly deal with excessive pigmentation each time I break out. (This type of pigmentation is called “post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation” or PIH, and is a dark mark left over after the inflammation from a breakout subsides). The Japanese green tea in this cleanser helps boost the sun protection factor of the daily hydrating sunscreen that I use, which gives my skin extra protection from the UV damage that causes skin darkening. I believe this extra protection has helped to decrease my chances of further darkening the PIH that usually occurs each time I get a breakout, allowing my skin to heal and look more even toned.
Other changes I’ve seen are the reduction in the amount of breakouts that I experience, as well as oiliness (which usually occurs about midday). My skin use to always feel dry in some places but the Balancing Facial Cleanser has great beneficial ingredients like arvna sativa (oat) kernel extract to help keep it feeling hydrated.
Overall I really like this cleanser and I am happy with the results that I’ve seen from using it every day these past few months. This is just the first step in my daily skincare routine so be sure to look out for the other product reviews that we will be posting during the next few weeks.
If you are interested in purchasing the Ormedic Balancing Facial Cleanser you may do so at Skincare By Adriana.