When I first came across the (then) new cleansing butter from Elemis, I was very intrigued. I am a huge fan of the Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, and I currently have 2 in my backup stash. I love the texture of it, the scent, and how it leaves my skin feeling clean, yet moisturised and soft. There is nothing I hate about it at all!
Naturally, I had to eventually get around to trying the Elemis Superfood AHA Glow Cleansing Butter. It claims to clean and brighten skin, while nourishing the skin, and it is so highly raved about, I had to see what the fuss was about! 🙂
Elemis Superfood AHA Glow Cleansing Butter
What this is, is a cleansing balm, or cleansing butter as they call it.
What it’s supposed to do, aside from removing makeup, is cleanse skin of pollutants and grime, while brightening and nourishing the skin. It contains a blend of a fermented Pumpkin enzymes and Acerola Cherry, naturally rich in AHAs helps to brighten skin, while Mango Butter and Chia Seed Oil, rich in omega fatty acids, nourish and hydrate the skin.
Elemis says that the brightening, buttery formula can be used as a daily cleanser, a deep cleansing mask or as a hydrating makeup remover for the eyes and face.
I use it primarily as my first cleanse in the evenings, to remove the sunscreen and grime of the day, or sometimes, in the afternoon, after exercise. I usually use a mineral sunscreen in the mornings, as I find it protects my skin best from the sun, and after a long sweaty morning of walking the dog and running business errands, I usually need to remove everything thoroughly before reapplying my daytime skincare.
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Light buttery texture that rinses off easily
Here’s what I like about the Elemis Superfood AHA Glow Cleansing Butter – the texture.
The texture is light, like melted butter, so it’s easy to scoop out with fingers. It is much lighter than that of the Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, and feels a little ‘oilier’.
It is therefore very easy to spread in the palm of your hands, and to a dry face. When using cleansing balms or butters, it is important for them to go onto dry skin, unless the product specifies otherwise. Then, you massage it into your skin, to allow to pick up the oil and grime from your skin.
I have used this to clean off light makeup, which it does effortlessly. I also use it nightly to remove the grime of the day, or if my face is feeling particularly oily after a morning out.
Another I like about it, is that it rinses off easily. I will recommend emulsifying it first with wet hands, massaged over the face a few times (not splashing to rinse), before eventually rinsing off. It rinses off better that way.
It is therefore relatively easy to use, and does not feel heavy on skin at all.
But that’s where my affection for this product ends.
I’m not sure what else to expect from it, as I did not notice any noticeable skin brightening from using this product. I wouldn’t expect much from a cleanser, if I’m to be honest, as it’s something you wash away without leaving too long on the skin for the AHA to do it’s job.
I have tried leaving it on like a mask, but similarly did not derive much benefit from it. As I tend to use my cleansing balms as a first cleanse, using it as a mask would be counter productive, so it’s not something I do often.
I’d go so far as to say that I did not notice much, if any, more benefit than if I were using the Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm.
Granted, the Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm is pricier, but I feel like my skin feels truly transformed after using it – softened, nourished, cleaned. With this, it feels clean, but that’s about it.
Skin is clean without being stripped
What I’d say is that it cleans skin very well, without leaving it feeling stripped or uncomfortable. It is nourishing to the skin, and isn’t drying at all, so it works well even for my dry skin. I’d say that it would work as well for oily or combination skin types too.
I know a lot of people love this product, and I have enjoyed using it, but it’s not something I love so much I’d have 2 back-ups in my stash, as I do the Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm. That says a lot really 😀
IN A NUTSHELL
The Elemis Superfood AHA Glow Cleansing Butter is a cleanser that you can use as your first cleanse. It removes makeup (I tried with light makeup only) and removes it and sunscreen without problems. It is great for cleansing skin that is oily or grimy as well, as it does a great job of stripping off all the grime. It rinses off easily, and leaves skin feeling clean without feeling stripped. I personally did not notice any brightening effects after using this, nor did my skin feel or look incredibly better or smoother or brighter. It was just clean. If that’s what you want, this would do the job. I personally prefer the Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm.
Lightweight melted butter texture
Removes light makeup and sunscren easily
Removes oil and grime from skin without stripping
Rinses off easily
Did not notice any brightening
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone who wants a lightweight cleansing butter that rinses off easily without stripping the skin
PRICE: RM175 | US$39 | £30 for 90ml
For those interested, here’s the ingredients list for the Elemis Superfood AHA Glow Cleansing Butter
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Aqua/Water/Eau, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Polysorbate 80, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Hydroxyacetophenone, Phenoxyethanol, Acrylates/Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Copolymer, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Salvia Hispanica Seed Oil, Lactobacillus/Acerola Cherry Ferment, Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Fruit Ferment Filtrate, Saccharomyces/Rice Ferment Filtrate, Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil, Candida Bombicola/Glucose/Methyl Rapeseedate Ferment, Sodium Hydroxide, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Beta-Carotene, Capsanthin/Capsorubin, Butylene Glycol, Tocopherol, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Ascorbic Acid.
Have you tried this cleansing butter? Did you like it?
I was hoping to like it a little more than I did. But I guess not everything from the a brand will work for everyone 🙂