NEW IN – Dr Sam Bunting Flawless Cleanser Review (featuring a full ingredient breakdown)

Now here’s a launch after my heart! A cleanser for grown-ups that doesn’t want to be anything else than a cleanser. We all know, formula is key when it comes to any cosmetic product and I am so glad to see that this one is spot on, a game changer according to many. I am not surprised though, because it’s coming from a well-trusted, experienced, professional place. There are no irritants to be found in it, no fragrance, no fluff, glitter or unicorns involved, only pure, no-nonsense cleansing, soothing and conditioning ingredients. There are countless positive features about this cleanser not to talk about the fact that at last, someone acknowledges that acne and sensitivities are not just a ‘privilege’ of the teenager but something that many of us suffer from later in life too so we all need products that do what they promise on the bottle and only that without irritating the skin or causing further damage.

The Flawless Cleanser comes from a dermatologist who *gasp* doesn’t believe in double cleansing! Shock and horror, I know, but this doesn’t take away from the fact how brilliant this is. Dr Sam Bunting is well-known among beauty geeks, she is a popular cosmetic dermatologist who with the launch of her new cleanser has changed the beauty scene for the better. Based on her many years of experience at the famous Harley Street Clinic in London, she has treated numerous clients in their thirties and forties with sensitivities, redness, acne, rosacea, etc over the years so she formulated her first product with all of them in mind.

I had my eyes on this beauty ever since Dr Sam started to talk about it. I was really lucky because just a week after I ordered it they announced that the cleanser is sold out and they will only re-stock by September. Phew…talk about good timing!

I have been using it for two weeks and this is how I got on:

Packaging: simple, refined elegant, minimalist white bottle with a pump applicator, top marks for looks and practicality.

What it is: a gentle gel cleanser to remove makeup, sunscreen, oil and dirt taking into consideration the skin’s natural barrier with its acid mantle-friendly pH of 5.0. According to Dr Sam “It’s designed to be sensitive to the needs of grown-up skin, i.e. to get make-up, sunscreen and grime off skin without leaving skin dry and depleted or congesting pores”.

Who it is for: all skin types, sensitive, breakout-prone grown-up skin included.

Ingredients explained:

Aqua – Water

PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides – an emulsifier, used for binding oil and water-based ingredients together, preventing separation and ensuring a smooth consistency. PEG-6 Caprylic / Capric Glycerides & PEG-60 Almond Glycerides is a blend of solubilizing agents that we use to carry the natural oils into a water-based system.

PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoatesynthetic polymer based on PEG (polyethene glycol) and fatty acids derived from coconut oil, serves as an emulsifier in transparent oil-water gels.

Poloxamer 188 – emulsifying agent, surfactant/cleansing agent.

Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer – texture enhancer, a film-forming agent that is also used for thickening cosmetic formulas. It is used in low amounts in a variety of products due to its stabilizing abilities and esthetically pleasing feel.

Polysorbate 20 – cleansing agent.

Allantoin – a by-product of uric acid extracted from urea and considered an effective skin-soothing and skin-conditioning agent.

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder – Aloe barabadensis leaf juice powder is the powder form of the aloe plant. It is gained from dried leaves of the aloe plant and works as a skin-conditioning agent, anti-inflammatory agent.

Phenoxyethanol – common cosmetics preservative that’s considered one of the least sensitizing for use in formulations. Phenoxyethanol is approved worldwide (including in Japan and in the EU) for use in all types of water-based cosmetics, up to a 1% concentration.

Tocopheryl Acetatea specific form of vitamin E, one of the most well-known and researched antioxidants, skin-conditioning agent.

Citric Acid – Citric acid is an AHA, an extract derived from citrus fruits and used mostly in small amounts to adjust the pH of products to prevent them from being too alkaline.

Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate – derived from amino acids, used as a skin-softening agent, and to a lesser extent as a preservative, a natural alternative to parabens.

Disodium EDTA – it is used to bind to metal ions which inactivates them. The binding of metal ions helps prevent the deterioration of cosmetics.

BHT – Butylated hydroxytoluene, a potent synthetic antioxidant. The amount of BHT uses in cosmetic products is typically 0.01-0.1%, and does not pose a risk to skin, nor does it penetrate skin far enough to be absorbed into the bloodstream.

The list is short and sweet as it should be.

How I got on with it: though this is a strong makeup remover (apart from the eye area, use a targeted eye makeup remover for that) I can’t help but double cleanse since I wear quite a bit of makeup and I wouldn’t want to waste this precious cleanser, I used the Flawless Cleanser alongside the Hydrate Calming Creamy Cleanser from Superfacialist in the evening and alone in the morning removing it with a soft cloth. The texture is a beautiful oily-feel gel that glides on the skin like a dream, it is perfect for a gentle face massage too. Since using it I noticed that my skin is calmer than before and less prone to redness. This cleanser has quickly jumped up my top 3 cleansers of all time together with Caroline Hirons’ Pixi Double Cleanse and Emma Hardie’s Moringa Balm.

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Value for money: excellent, you get 200ml of high-end quality product for £16.00. I find this very reasonable.

When using the Flawless Cleanser you feel you are in safe hands, this is how much it means to know and trust the place where your product is coming from. The cleanser is only the first product to launch in an upcoming range Dr Sam is planning to create. There is a lot more in store and I myself cannot wait and see what’s next in the lineup. I can’t recommend the Flawless Cleanser highly enough. “Simplicity is the new luxury,” she says and I am completely sold on it. Available to pre-order here .

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