Dual purpose products always sound good because they save money and time, but how many do really live up to what they say they do? The flurry of all in one shampoo and conditioners were a phase a while back, but they didn’t do the job properly; basically one product cleanses and the other moisturizes. Still, they were great for holidays or weekends when luggage space was limited. Then came the 2 in 1 facial wipes that cleansed and moisturized; again, fine for a weekend when you only have hand luggage, but not long term as you can’t effectively moisturize from a wipe that has just cleansed your face.
I tried Rodial Stemcell Cleansing Superfood Cleanser both as a mask, and as a cleansing cream, and I was astonished to find that it was more than an advertising or marketing ploy. The Stemcell range is ideally suited to dehydrated skin and contains Rosehip Oil, Coconut Oil, and Cocoa Butter, which gives it a wonderful creamy texture and relaxing scent. Coupled with Vitamin E, it is an excellent product to use when your skin needs brightening up. It can also be used as a preventative measure, because when you are stressed or ill, the skin will become dehydrated and can look and feel dull, as all the water intake is used to flush out the toxins.
At £32 for 200ml, it may not seem cheap for a cleanser, but the product is so concentrated you don’t need much of it. I would recommend using it twice a week as a mask (in the bath), and to use it as a cleanser in the evening only if you have worn makeup or have been out and about. People may read the words dehydrated skin and think that isn’t their skin type and that the product isn’t suited to them, but most people will have dehydrated skin at some point in the year, whether it is due to the climate or artificial heating. Read here on my guide to figuring out your skin type to discover the difference between dry and dehydrated skin. A person with oily skin can also be dehydrated, and in my years of treating clients, those with oily skin tended to develop dehydrated skin from using strong astringents and thinking they didn’t need to moisturize. Dehydration (lack of water in the skin) is the actual culprit of wrinkles and fine lines, so a hydrating mask once or twice a week, will replenish the skin and keep dehydration at bay.
A versatile product that can be used to treat or prevent dehydration. It has a subtle scent and is easy to apply and to use.
Beauty Super Spy Tips
Have more than once cleanser on the go. I have a lighter one I use in the morning, and use a more concentrated one at night. If you cleansed properly the night before, there won’t be much to cleanse in the morning, so use a light lotion based one or rinse with a foaming cleanser, and keep the cream cleansers for the evening.
Use a muslin cloth to remove any cleanser or mask residue. Another favorite is the The Body Shop’s Luxury Face Flannel, which is soft and gentle on the skin.
Less is more with this product as it spreads easily; it does remove makeup, but it is best used to cleanse after removing makeup. Read my guide on cleansing here, and the difference between removing makeup and cleansing.