The Cleanser I Can’t Bring Myself To Buy

by Gio

zo skin health oeffects hydrating cleanser

I’ll admit it. There are some products I wouldn’t try if they weren’t handed to me by PRs. ZO Skin Health Oeffects Hydrating Cleanser by Zein Obagi, MD, is one of them.

It’s not because the formula is so bad, I wouldn’t touch it with a five foot pole. In fact, this stuff is not bad at all.

It’s not because it doesn’t work. It does.

It’s not even because it’s super expensive. It’s just $39.00, which isn’t exactly cheap, but also not something you have to sell your kidney for.

But, yeah, it’s because of the price, in the end. Truth is, I wouldn’t hesitate to spend $39.00 on an antioxidant serum or glycolic acid exfoliant. I know they deliver and help my skin stay healthy, so it’s a good investment.

But, a cleanser stays on my skin for a minute or so. There’s no point in putting anything more than surfactants and preservatives in there, cos that’s what takes the grime away and makes the cleanser last a long while. Anything else, just ends up down the drain.

And, frankly, ZO Skin Health Oeffects Hydrating Cleanser is pretty ordinary. There’s some hyaluronic acid to help cleanse skin without drying it out, which helps, but not as much as it would if it could stay on the skin for hours. And, there’s a lonely peptide, too, but that won’t do much in a cleanser.

So, what are we paying $39.00 for? Well, the name I guess. Put a dermatologist’s name on something and the price immediately skyrockets.

But, enough with the complaints. As I said, this stuff works. It uses sodium methyl cocoyl taurate, sodium cocoyl isethionate, and disodium cocoamphodiacetate, three mild surfactants that can take off dirt, impurities, and even some makeup. I say some because it struggles a bit with waterproof makeup, which is why I prefer to use it in the mornings.

It’s also more suitable for dry than oily skin. That’s because ZO Skin Health Oeffects Hydrating Cleanser is every bit as hydrating as the name implies. If you have dry skin, I think you’ll like it a lot because its creamy texture cleanses skin without stripping the natural oils that keep it naturally moisturized. It smells gorgeous too – think grapefruit.

So, yeah, it’s pretty good. And fairly basic. And terribly overpriced. I love to use it, I just don’t think I’m getting all my money’s worth. But if you’re struggling to find a cleanser that doesn’t dry out your skin, then maybe the premium price won’t bother you as much. Everything is relative, I guess.

Price & Availability: $39.00 at Obagi Skin

Ingredients: Water, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Glycerin, Sodium PCA, Urea, Trehalose, Polyquaternium-51, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycol Distearate, Stearic Acid, Acrylates Copolymer, Myristoyl Pentapeptide-8, Allantoin, Panthenol, Sodium Hydroxide, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance, Limonene, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamic Aldehyde, Red 33, Yellow 6

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Ana May 12, 2016 - 8:38 am

Love this review, love it.

Gio May 12, 2016 - 8:47 pm

Ana, glad you do. 🙂

Maureen May 12, 2016 - 3:34 pm

So agree about not spending so much for a cleanser. Great review!

Gio May 12, 2016 - 8:49 pm

Maureen, it’s not worth it, is it?


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