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When in the aisle of the chemist, it is always the products with the ‘natural’ slant that catch my eye. One fateful day, the Witch brand and Exfoliating Face Wash caught my eye. It had just been released so was on a *special offer* - I took the plunge!
I suffer with the infamous T-Zone where oil and spots tend to sprout on my forehead, nose and chin – how delightful! I haven’t look back since using Witch and I mean that with the utmost sincerity; I have always hoped to find a brand that I would turn to again and again. I spent a number of youthful years trying everything that claimed to work, including the Oxy and Clearasil labels. The product has been ‘dermatologically approved for all skin types’ but it ‘particularly suitable for oily and combination skin.’ Similarly to other products, it must be used with caution on sensitive skin.
The saviour of my skin is packaged in a nice turquoise-tainted tube, clear enough so you can spot the tiny little ‘micro-granules’ swimming around in the gel-like face wash. A friendly colour that would match any aqua themed bathroom! Easy to hold, the face wash dispenses without any earth shattering squeezing. The flat flip-top lid is much more convenient than a screw cap and stands securely and freely on any flat shelf or surface. However, after a good few uses the mixture of the face wash and granules becomes caught in the lid: occasionally icky-sticky!
It advertises ‘effective deep pore cleansing with added Vitamin E…pure skin refreshment…with natural witch hazel to leave your skin feeling sensationally clear, refreshed and healthy looking.’ It aims to achieve this through an ‘effective exfoliating action to cleanse pores, remove dead skin cells and wash away oil’ as well as with added ‘Vitamin E and other conditioners to leave your skin smooth.’
You can certainly feel all of these things working as you massage the product onto your wet skin of course, ‘avoiding the delicate eye area.’ The little exfoliating beads are certainly present but in no way abrasive like other sandpaper like face scrubs! Personally, I like to pay particular attention to my problems areas so make extra ‘circular motions’ around my forehead, nose and chin. It does recommend that you ‘rinse thoroughly’ and I would agree, it takes a good few splashes or ducks under the shower to remove the entire product.
Afterwards, my skin does feel clean and very fresh that is, minus all the yucky dead skin cells. Surprisingly, it did not dry out my skin – not even across my cheeks that have previously been left feeling uncomfortably tight. It does not recommend how often the product should be used, for me, it is gentle enough to use every day if I so wished. However, my advice to others would be to try it, see and work out where to slot it in to your own skin care routine!
The Witch range is not available in all chemists; both Boots and Superdrug here in the UK do well to stock the majority of the product line. It is competitively priced and the Exfoliating Face Wash is usually on sale for £3.99. There are also regular offers that make it easy to build up a comprehensive skin care wardrobe with Witch!