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The 2-in-1 Cleanser and Exfoliator Wants to Simplify Your Routine
I’m lazy. I didn’t mean for this to be a confessional, but it’s the truth. I rarely move the knick-knacks on my shelves to dust, and I rarely do a multi-step face cleansing ritual. Often I don’t even bother with the wood polish—or moisturizer. For this reason, whenever I see the words “2-in-1” on any label, it’s pretty much mine. It then seems that Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash 2-in-1 rinse-off cleanser and exfoliator for all skin types ($24) is going to be right up my alley.
I was familiar with Bliss products insofar as they have a ubiquitous presence in many department stores. There, too, is a Bliss spa blocks away from my home at the Hollywood W Hotel (where they supply Bliss products to all their guests). Their products have those cheeky names (fabulips, no zit Sherlock) and a retro-cool design that always make this brand great to gift. Gift. Yes, I’ve given away much Bliss but have not gotten any in return…until now.
I have no less than five cleansers and/or exfoliators on my bathroom sink as I speak. I have one for softness, one for redness. I have one for removing makeup, one for smoothing. And I have Bliss fabulous foaming face wash for all of these.
The Mediterranean-blue wash comes in a clear pump bottle that is convenient when it comes to monitoring how much product is left inside. The wash itself is thicker than a liquid, but not quite a gel. There is a fine, sand-like grit that is actually soft, round synthetic exfoliator beads. One pump plus water activates the foam.
Actually, the “foam” part is a little misleading. There is a tiny bit of lather. In this lather is glycerin (to retain and enhance hydration), rose hips extract (a rich source of vitamin C, known for its healing and antiseptic properties), passion flower extract (to soothe and calm skin) and chamomile extract (a calming, repairing anti-inflammatory). I love great plant-based ingredients!
The wash does a great job at melting away makeup, stripping the dirt while replenishing moisture. My red-prone skin is soft and calm. And, like I said earlier, I tend to “forget” the moisturizer. As I’ve gotten older, it has become more obvious when I skip this step, with even my oily skin showing signs of flaky, crepeiness. However, skipping the moisturizer is a lesser sin with Bliss fabulous foaming face wash. My skin remains pretty soft and balanced on days I just cant be bothered. I like that.
There is a downside, though. This product also contains ingredients I don’t love: sodium laureth sulfate, polyethylene, parabens, artificial color and fragrance. I usually avoid these ingredients and, truth be told, normally I would expect my skin to react adversely to these. It didn’t. This face wash really simplified my routine (that was hardly routine, me being lazy and all).
Simply put, Bliss fabulous foaming face wash 2-in-1 cleanser and exfoliator does both its jobs quite well. Now, I need to find a way to simultaneously dust and polish my shelves without moving all those trinkets…
we heartsters, what do you look for in facial cleansers? Has it changed as you’ve gotten older? And if you love a Bliss product, do share!