The PomWash Exfoliating Facial Cleanser is a lathering face wash that's intended to gently refine and exfoliate the skin with papaya and pineapple enzymes. Like a foaming hand soap, the cleanser has a thin, watery consistency in the bottle, that's then aerated through the pump into a light foam.
In place of water, the cleanser is made with aloe vera and antioxidant-rich white grape and pomegranate juices. The foaming action comes from decyl glucoside, a gentle sugar-derived surfactant that's often found in baby shampoos and sensitive skin products. The ingredients also list peach extract and the cleanser has a fairly strong peach-berry scent. Initially, I found it a little overpowering, but it's grown on me over the last couple weeks and now I actually really like it. The scent reminds me a lot of Celestial Seasonings Country Peach Passion tea, if you've ever smelled that.
When I'm able, I like to take a good couple minutes to thoroughly massage the PomWash onto my face, giving the enzymes a little extra time to work their magic. The foam has great slip and rinses away easily and without leaving behind any residue. As I've said before, my skin is normal-to-dry, though I'm also prone to clogged pores and congestion. Allantoin and vitamin B5 in the PomWash help the skin retain moisture, so unlike a lot of other foaming cleansers, it isn't drying. I've also noticed my pores have started looking smaller and cleaner since I've been using it. In terms of makeup removal, the PomWash does fine with face makeup, but because of the enzymes, I wouldn't suggest using it around the eyes.
The Bottom Line
The PomWash Exfoliating Facial Cleanser is an excellent product that I wish was still readily available. It's the gentlest foaming cleanser I've used to date and it does a great job lightly exfoliating and thoroughly cleansing without drying or stripping the skin. If you can find it, I highly recommend giving this cleanser a try!
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