It’s hard for me to get excited about a cleanser. For the last five years, I’ve rotated through the same few very basic cleansers (usually CeraVe’s Hydrating Cleanser, Paula’s Choice Hydralight, and Paula’s Choice Perfectly Balanced); they work for me, but aren’t anything to write home about. I’m really excited to tell you guys about Somme Institute Nourishing Cleanser, which is a recent find for me–I finally found an exciting cleanser!
Nourishing Cleanser is the first of five steps in Somme Institute’s skin care regimen. According to the brand, the formula is a ‘non-foaming gel,’ but I think its texture is more like a lotion (like CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser, but a little bit thicker). Like all Somme Institute products, it’s formulated with the brand’s patented MDT5 technology, which I wrote about here.
The brand recommends that you use damp fingers to massage the cleanser into your skin and then wipe it off with a tissue or wet towel (like a micellar water). I just rinse it off with water like I would with any cleanser, but people with dry skin might want to consider Somme Institute’s technique.
The really cool part about Nourishing Cleanser is that it seems to work for most skin types. Based on the many, many reviews I’ve read of this product, it seems to provide adequate hydration for dry skin and adequate oil control for oily skin. It also works for sensitive skin and acne-prone skin. So, if you want to purchase a cleanser that is almost certain to work for you, Nourishing Cleanser is it.
In my own experience, this cleanser is working wonders on my oily, sensitive, acne-prone skin. It cleanses without stripping my skin or making it feel too tight and leaves my skin feeling fresh and super soft.
So even though this is my dream cleanser, there are two drawbacks. Nourishing Cleanser retails for $40.00/8 fl. oz., which is a lot for a cleanser. Paula’s Choice Hydralight (one of the more expensive cleansers I like), for example, costs $17.00 for the same amount of product.
Another issue is that it doesn’t remove makeup to my satisfaction. Even cleansing twice in a row with Nourishing Cleanser isn’t really effective. I need to use makeup remover or ‘pre-cleanse’ with something like Tatcha’s Cleansing Oil.
If you want to try this cleanser but aren’t quite ready to splurge, you can purchase a starter kit for $32.00, which includes trial sizes of the five products in Somme Institute’s regimen with MDT5.
Nourishing Cleanser works for all skin types (except maybe extremely oily), and leaves skin feeling so soft and smooth. Just be warned that you’ll need to use an additional makeup remover. Still, this cleanser is absolutely worth trying if you can afford it…it’s the best one I’ve ever used!