Recently I've been really focussing on expanding my skincare routine which has meant trying a whole host of new products - I'm excited to tell you all about them in upcoming posts! I'm starting today with a review on FaceTheory's Exfoilating Cleanser. 

I've used FaceTheory products previously and really like their policy of no animal testing, they also have vegan products and focus on using more natural ingredients. I've been becoming more and more interested in natural products over the last two years, and in my search for natural oils discovered FaceTheory. The natural beauty market has exploded in recent years with some very pricey products coming to market, yet I've always found FaceTheory to be affordable for a lot of pockets. 

'The scrub is actually really gentle on the skin, it doesn't feel rough at all so I would say is suitable for sensitive or mature skin.'

When it comes to everyday cleansers I often use a simple DIY Facewash with organic Castile Soap as a base which I'm really happy with, but I've been on the lookout for something more exfoliating to use for a bit more of a deep cleanse.

I spotted this one and wanted to give it a try, I like my skincare range to feel a little luxurious even if it's simple, and for me lovely scents tick that box so I chose the lightly scented version. The scrub is fragranced with Mandarin Peel Oil so no unknown perfume added, but if you prefer no fragrance there is an unscented option available.

The scrub element is all natural with no micro beads which are terrible for the environment, the exfoliation comes from crushed walnuts and tiny pieces of pumice. 

This cleanser also contains Glycolic Acid 2% and Salicylic Acid 1% which have been talked about a lot in the skincare industry over recent times. Glycolic Acid is great for exfoliation, in essence removing the outermost layer of dead cells from the skin, revealing brighter, fresher skin. Studies have also shown that Glycolic Acid assists with boosting collagen production, which is brilliant for plumping up the skin. Salicylic acid works on two levels to gently exfoliate the surface of your skin as well as unclogging pores, which is why it's now often found in skincare for those with acne-prone skin or oily skin. It's also been shown to help to reduce inflammation which could be a benefit if you suffer from breakouts.

The scrub is actually really gentle on the skin, it doesn't feel rough at all so I would say is suitable for sensitive or mature skin. It did leave my skin feeling really cleansed but without any redness, although it did feel a little 'tighter' than my usual cleanser. This was quickly resolved with a natural hydrating toner so not an issue. The scent is only subtle but noticeable. I actually like zesty scents for morning cleansing, they always seem to make me feel more awake somehow. 

Overall, I like this facial scrub and am happy with the purchase. It's not too expensive for 200ml and I get the feeling it will last quite a long time as a little goes a long way. For me this will slot into my skincare regime once or twice a week for a deeper cleanse to keep breakouts at bay with my oily skin.

The added Glycolic Acid & Salicylic Acid have great reported benefits but there are concerns amongst some dematologists that overuse or overexposure (like most things in life) may not be all that great for the skin especially long term, so a once or twice a week feels like the perfect routine. There is also some research to suggest that glycolic & salicylic acid can make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so make sure you wear SPF after you've used products containing these if heading outdoors. 

Fancy trying this Cleanser out for yourself? CLICK HERE

*The Exfoliating Cleanser was bought by myself with my own money and this post is NOT sponsored in any way. (UPDATE - FaceTheory very kindly refunded the cost of my order as a thank you for reviewing their products on my blog and YouTube)