At the risk of sounding whiny, I’ve been really enjoying my skincare routine lately. There are so many steps, products, and things to do that sometimes I long for the days of washing my face with an apricot scrub and being done. Today, I use eye makeup remover, micellar water, cleansing balm, and cleanser…and that’s all before I start applying serums, masks, treatments, and moisturizers.
Needless to say, if I can combine a step or two (or three!), I’m all for it. Enter: The ordinary glycolipid cleanser ($13), which was a happy surprise in my oversaturated hygiene routine. Not only did it replace the aforementioned makeup removers and cleansers, like your dad’s all-in-one shampoo, conditioner and shower gel, but it In fact offers on all three fronts.
Ingredients and Benefits
The star of the show here is, of course, “glycolipids.” This particular type of lipid, which is naturally present in the skin and helps regulate the health of the barrier, is a gentle yet effective cleansing agent thanks to its ability to remove dirt, impurities and excess oil. They do their job without stripping, so you won’t feel any tight, dry discomfort after use.
Polyglyceryl-6 dicaprate then acts as an emollient and emulsifier, which not only helps soften and smooth the skin, but also helps to gently remove makeup (and boost the effectiveness of glycolipids) without clogging pores.
Moisturizing and moisturizing ingredients include squalane, glycerin, apricot kernel oil and sunflower seed oil. These four ingredients boost skin’s hydration levels and improve barrier health. The result? Skin soft, smooth, soothed, clean but not stripped.
The formula is vegan and cruelty-free (yay!), silicone-free, fragrance-free, oil-free, and suitable for all skin types. It’s excellent for sensitive and dry skin, yet powerful enough to remove makeup and eliminate excess oil. And at $12.50, it’s cheaper than my last Starbucks run, and considering the 150ml (5oz) size, it’ll last a while.
What happened when I tried
It was a love at first wash experience for me. The brand claims the formula can remove all of your makeup without stripping skin, so I tried it one day when I was wearing long-wearing mascara, waterproof eyeliner, foundation, and sunscreen. A quick lather and rinse later, and it was all gone.
For context, I have dry combination skin and tend to use milder products to avoid irritation, ie Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cleanser ($44), Elemis Rose Balm ($68) and Avène Micellar Water ($18) – so it usually takes a triple cleanse to get it all off if I’m wearing makeup.
With the Ordinary’s Glycolipid Cleanser, I took the time to massage into my skin (without rubbing my eyes too much) and was really pleased with how I felt when I washed it off. There was no grease or oil, no stripped or uncomfortably tight skin, no raccoon eyes, and no streaks of greige makeup running down my face and neck – I had been cleansed. Simply put, the formula delivered on its promise of being gentle and deep cleansing.
Of course, being the dedicated journalist that I am, I couldn’t run to my keyboard to sing the praises of this thing after just one use. But now, after spending a few weeks getting to know this creamy cleanser — and realizing it can cut my cleansing routine down to a single step — I can confidently say we’re in a committed relationship.
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