I was staring at my shower caddy yesterday while washing my hair (for want of a TV in my shower I guess :P ) and I realized that I’d not told you about one of my favourite facial washes – the Vichy Normadem Purifying Cleansing Gel.
There are 2 variants, for oily and normal-combination skin. One is a cream version (white tube) and the other is a gel (green tube). Personally I prefer the gel version. I always like gel cleansers :D Now before I tell you about this, let me tell you that I have normal-combination skin. My skin isn’t super oily but neither is it very dry.
Now we’ve gotten that out of the way, this is one of my favourite facial cleansers I’ve used in a long time. I’ve actually repurchased so that tells you something. I’m usually much more fickle :P
The most noticeable thing about this cleanser is the colour (green!) and the strong sharp smell. It takes some getting used to, I’ll tell you that.
I don’t use very much and although it lathers up, it doesn’t lather up a lot. However what I think I really like about it is how clean and smooth it makes my skin feel after washing. I use it at night as my cleanser after double cleansing first with cleansing oil. (I use different facial washes in the day and night) I find it helps my skin stay cleaner and I don’t know if the salicylic acid has anything to do with it, but my skin feels lovely and smooth after that.
I also think it does help with spots if I have any. If I feel a spot forming, washing twice a day with this facial wash seems to help them go away more quickly.
I read quite a few reviews online that said this is drying on anything other than very oily skins. I don’t find it so. As I’ve noted, I have normal-combination skin tending towards the dry and I don’t feel uncomfortable at all. I must say however that I do follow up with the rest of my skincare so perhaps I just don’t notice any discomfort… if any.
Unlike the Normaderm Cleansing Cream, this one does not kill my skin on my hands so that immediately gets it one vote in its favour. Yet it leaves my skin feeling smooth and clean and is very wallet friendly. I can’t ask for anything more in a facial cleanser.
In a nutshell
The gel cleanser leaves my skin feeling smooth and very clean. It also helps clear up minor spots and cleans out pores very well. I don’t find it drying on my normal-combination skin although some might. It is very affordable and a 100ml tube can last quite a while.
Pros : Affordable, Leaves skin feeling smooth and clean, Reduces spots
Cons: Some might find it drying
Here is the ingredient list for those who might be interested.
I usually buy the travel sized tubes of 100ml just in case I get bored mid-way. Its also because its easier to travel with as it fits carry-on requirements. I believe it also comes in a larger pump bottle.
I’m not usually very fussy about my facial washes, preferring to save on them so this one suits me to a T :) Incidentally, I’m almost done with this tube so its time I pick up another! Have you tried this?
Vichy Normaderm Purifying Cleansing Gel retails at RM29/100ml at most major pharmacies