Review: Aspect Purastat 5 Cleanser
When it comes to skincare the words ‘gentle’ and ‘exfoliation’ are generally on opposite ends of a very subjective spectrum. What might be exfoliating to me might be too gentle to make much of a difference to you if your skin is acclimatised to strong acids and regular Vitamin A use. So when products like Aspect Purastat 5 Cleanser claim to be ‘gently exfoliating’ it can sound a little confusing, but it means that they’re sitting somewhere along that spectrum where they can still be effective without causing irritation in most people.
What Makes It Special:
Although it’s not a particularly unique concept, the idea of a cleanser doubling as a mild exfoliant is executed particularly well here. The pale green, clear gel contains Lactic Acid, Sugar Maple Extract and Sugar Cane Extract to gently detoxify the skin and unclog pores, and Glycerin to help melt away makeup and dirt while giving the skin a softening boost.
Why I Like It:
I love how gentle the Aspect Purastat 5 Cleanser feels, how it seems to even calm some of my redness and is fine to use on irritated and heat-affected skin, and yet it also does a good job of making my skin feel smooth and soft – most noticeably when I don’t use it regularly. With daily use, I don’t seem to notice the smoothing as much, but it’s still a great cleanser that also does a good job at removing basic makeup on a first cleanse. My skin also looks brighter after using it which is a huge plus too. I also love the scent, it’s subtle but refreshing and really enjoyable to use. I also think that when you compare the efficacy you are getting for the price, it makes it an even more impressive cleanser.
What I Don’t Like About It:
The product itself, I really like, but I don’t love the packaging. I like to be able to see how much cleanser I have left at a glance, and there’s no reason I’m aware of to have a cleanser in an airless, lightproof pump bottle (which are great for prolonging the longevity of active ingredients in serums, but it’s not necessary for cleansers. Also, pumps are a real hassle to recycle because they have so many small moving parts).
Apply 2-3 pumps of this to dry skin as a first cleanse, or to damp skin as a second cleanse, and emulsify with water. Rinse clean with a washcloth and/or fresh water.
Thoroughly frees skin of embedded dirt, makeup, excess oil – agree
Cleanses and exfoliates – agree, mildly exfoliates yes
Effective makeup remover – basic makeup yes
Gentle enough for everyday use – agree
Contains calming antioxidant ingredients – agree, it seems to calm redness for me
Water, Glycerin, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Lactic Acid, Sodium Chloride Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium L-Lactate, Potassium Sorbate, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Backhousia Citriodora (Lemon Myrtle) Leaf Oil, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilbery) Fruit Extract, Polysorbate 80, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Alcohol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium (Canadian Willowherb) Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Termiforlia Ferdinandiana (Kakadu Plum) Fruit Extract, Chlorophyllin- Copper Complex, Sodium Metabisulphite, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Root Extract, Citric Acid
100ml – $32
220ml – $62
I absolutely would. I like to try new cleansers all the time, but I’d definitely circle back to the Aspect Purastat 5 Cleanser eventually, especially if it came in a set with my beloved Extreme B17 Serum.