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Simple Kind to Skin Vital Vitamin Foaming Cleanser 1

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Simple‘s Moisturising Foaming Facial Wash (now Kind to Skin Moisturising Foaming Facial Wash) has been my choice of face wash for about three years now. Today I am reviewing a new face wash from the brand.

Simple Kind to Skin Vital Vitamin Foaming Cleanser comes in a clear liquid form and uses a foaming pump dispenser. The foam is soft and frothy, not dense and creamy (even after working it on the palms).

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Simple has recently launched the Derma Intensive Relief range, which is formulated to suit those with skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis. Today I am featuring two of the products from the range.

The Derma Intensive Relief Lotion has a rich creamy lotion consistency. It is slightly difficult to spread across the skin, but, once it sinks in, the skin feels moisturized and nourished. The moisture is long-lasting.

Some of the moisturizing ingredients that this product contains are isopropyl myristate, petrolatum, paraffinum liquidum, glyceryl stearate, and cetyl alcohol.

The product also contains canola oil, which, according to Paula Begoun, has barrier-repair and anti-inflammatory properties. It seems to be an ideal ingredient to be included in a product designed for those with skin conditions.

The Derma Intensive Relief Cream has a very emollient creamy consistency. It can be on the greasy side for some people, but it does work well for areas that require extra emolliency. I also find that it can work relatively well as a hand cream.

Some of the moisturizing ingredients that this product contains are petrolatum, paraffinum liquidum, cetyl alcohol, and glyceryl stearate. Like the Lotion above, it contains canola oil.

Both products are free from alcohol or fragrance.
Also, they don’t contain fragrant plant oils, many of which can irritate the skin.

The two products contain parabens.

Even though the two products are marketed towards those with sensitive skin and those with skin conditions, the uncomplicated formulae of the products can benefit many others. The Lotion should suit those with normal-to-dry, dry, or very dry skin. The Cream should work well for those with very dry skin. It can also work well for dry patches in colder months, regardless of skin types.

The Simple Derma Intensive Relief range also includes Shower Cream and Hand Cream.

(The products featured in this article are provided by Simple.)

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Simple Moisturising Foaming Facial Wash
(still my current staple)

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(Simple Moisturising Foaming Facial Wash)

In my post on RMK’s Cleansing Oil N, I mentioned that I used a face wash after the cleansing oil. In the last few years, I have used (foaming) face washes from Chanel, Lancôme, L’Oréal, Nivea, and Johnson’s. After the Johnson’s one was discontinued (at least here in the UK) last year, I went through a mini-hunt for my next staple face wash.

(One of my favorite face washes is Lancôme’s Gel Clarté. But, it costs 17.5 GBP (for 125ml) and lasts about 5 weeks for me, so I’d rather go for a cheaper alternative, which is not impossible to find.)

Among the several face washes I picked up, two were from Simple, which is a UK drugstore skincare brand available in major chains like Boots and Superdrug. (It doesn’t seem to be available outside the UK, but I might be wrong.) I had never tried their products before, but the Moisturising Foaming Facial Wash (2.79 GBP for 150ml) impressed me.

It is a straightforward and gimmick-free face wash that gets the job done, and it happens to be fragrance-free and colourant-free. It has a fluidy gel consistency and it foams and rinses very well. (The main cleansing agents in this product are, as in the order on the ingredient list, sodium laureth sulfate, decyl glucoside, and cocamidopropyl betaine.)

What I like the most about this face wash is that, after I rinse it off, I simply feel nothing. No tightness, filminess, or slipperiness. The face feels well-cleansed, fresh, and not stripped. (I much prefer this to the other Simple’s face wash I tried, Refreshing Facial Wash Gel, which feels a little filmy after rinsing.)

This is very suitable for my oily-dry skin, and I have been using it both in the morning and the evening (after the cleansing oil if I wear makeup for the day). (When I use it after the cleansing oil, I only use 1/3 of the amount I use in the morning.) I think this face wash will suit people with most skin types (apart from those with very dry skin).

My other current daily skincare products:

Lancôme Tonique Douceur

Olay Daily Illuminating UV Fluid SPF 15

Olay Complete Care Night Enriched Cream

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