Exfoliating Treatment Cleanser
This is NOT your grocery store exfoliant!
I think lots of people don't really understand this product and it's unique properties.
If I had to choose only ONE of the cleansers to take with me onto a deserted island (I use all 3) this would be it. It's a great every day, all-purpose cleanser that not only removes your makeup at the end of the day, it preps your skin for a flawless canvas when you use it in the morning.
Regarding the "exfoliant" complaints - It is NOT supposed to feel like the rough and scratchy exfoliants that you purchase at your drug store. Most of those contain things like broken fruit pits or other rough things that scratch and irritate your skin, which we all know is not a good thing. Although this does contain oatmeal as a soothing agent for dry or irritated skin, the main exfoliating ingredient in this product is the RareMineral ActiveSoil Complex - the foundation of all of the BE products.
First off, to use this, just splash your face with water, then put a blob of powder into your hand. Then use your other wet hand to move the powder around your hand to get it wet so it won't "puff" when you start to wash with it. When it gets 'creamy' on your face, that's not a negative. The 'scratchy' feeling would be.
The key is to keep 'scrubbing.' The longer you scrub, the more you'll feel the exfoliation happening - but it's kind of a learned response, since we're used to the scratch. It will just start to feel kind of squeaky clean. If you want to use it as a mask, let it sit for about 3 minutes while you do something else that needs to be done. When you rinse it off, your skin will feel softer, not tight and dry. In fact, one of my coworkers uses this all over her body once a week. True story.
Another cool thing: if you have a blemish starting & are out of the Blemish Therapy, dab a bit of water on it and then put a little of this on, let it dry & go to bed. It'll be reduced or gone in the morning.
So what you have to do is wet your face, put some in your hand, get the other hand wet and rub them together to get foamy goodness! its not like a "normal" exfoliant where there are beads in it, but it makes my face soooo soft! i like to put it on, then use my other BE soap and wash my face with that. then smile!! so awesome, and worth it!!
Best cleanser ever
This cleanser is so soft and creamy! It gives just the right amount of gentle exfoliation without irritating your skin. There is a learning curve with learning how to use the product. I found that if you pour a quarter size amount in your wet palm, add just a little water and mix it with your fingers, it becomes a nice frothy texture. I then rub it between my two hands and glide it all over my face in circular motions, taking the time to enjoy the soft texture and the clean feeling my face is experiencing. As you rinse it off, you can feel your skin glow. I was amazed when I looked in the mirror and saw my face. It takes off all the makeup from that day. I still need a little lotion to remove some of my eyemakeup, but this product is gentle enought to remove eye makeup too! Buy it...you know you want to :)
I loved the old Renew and Reveal cleanser and recommended it to many of my friends who used it also. However, once this new version came out the odor that it has is nauseating! The Renew and Reveal had no odor which was one of the things I liked best about it. The new cleanser itself seems to "melt" more quickly and I don't get as much of an exfoliating feeling as I did from the other version. I gave it about 5 days to see if it was just me or if the odor would become tolerable and it truly made me feel like I might vomit. I'm not exaggerating. It doesn't have the odor if you smell it dry so if you are considering buying this, go to a store and try it with a little water mixed in before you buy to make sure you can tolerate the smell.
Great Multi-Purpose Cleanser
I've never been much of a girly-girl; so I don't like to have a lot of products hanging around. I love this because I can mix the powdered cleanser with just a little water to make it into a mask for those times that I am breaking out more; or, I can mix it with a little more water and use it as part of my daily routine. Added bonus- I have noticed that my acne scarring is much less noticable since I made the switch about 6 months ago!
Takes some getting used to be good
I started with a small amount and felt nothing different. Then I tried more and that's when I felt like it was exfoliating my skin. I wish I knew how often and when to use this product, twice a day instead of the facial cleaner, after the facial cleaner, etc. How does it differ from the deep cleansing foam. I think twice a day may be too much for me. I like that I can travel with it and it makes my skin feel smooth and moist. Most exfoliants are too harsh but I think I will like this. Just give more instruction.
Gentle & Effective, Worth It!
I was hesistant to think that a powder activated by water type of cleasner would be effective. I admit, it does take a little getting used to adjusting to how you use it vs. traditional cleasners...however, it is worth is! This effectively removes makeup and cleanses my face leaving it refreshed. It has gentle exfoliating properties but it does not irritate my skin. My skin feels refreshed every time I use it. My skin also looks brighter since using it, too. I love this and my only complaint is the price....why is it $6 higher than the other cleasners?
My skin is very reactive: I have normal/dry skin that is prone to breakouts, clogged pores, and I have mild rosacea. This cleasner is gentle enough for me to use and I love it!
It did not exfoliate my skin
I am not a fan of this cleanser. I do not like having to mix it. It does not get my makeup off as well as I would like. It did not exfoliate my skin. I think if you have super sensitive skin, this is a good option. It seems to work well for that skin type.
looking younger with each use
When I purchased this product I knew it would be good. However I wasn't exspecting I would see changes in my complexion as fast as I did! What a wonderful surprise! Thank you so much Bare Minerals I WILL be using your product for a VERY longtime! Sincerely Tami Van Cleave
end dull skin and winter flakiness
Midwestern winters can leave skin dull, dry and flaky. Exfoliating Treatment Cleanser *gently* exfoliates and seems to remove impurities, leaving skin smooth and radiant. Great for controlling oiliness issues and congested pores. A powder cleanser takes a little getting used to, but is definitely worth trying. I use it a couple of times a week in the morning and the Purifying Facial Cleanser at all other times. Tip: Snap the lid closed before setting the bottle down so the powder doesn't "poof" up into the air.
Once you get used to it, you will love it
You think a powder cleanser is a strange concept, but it works really well. It makes a great foam, and exfoliates in a really gentle way. I like to make it thick sometimes and use it as a mask. I only use this one in the A.M. though,