Facetheory – Vitamin C Cream Cleanser (fair)

Facetheory - Vitamin C Cream Cleanser


I was on the market for a gentle cleanser for mornings. While my skin isn’t that filthy first thing, I’m not a ‘splash with water and go’ in the morning and go kind of guy. 

I was intrigued by Facetheory Vitamin C cream cleanser, I have never used a cream cleanser before. I thought that this would be an excellent place to start as any. With the added benefit of vitamin c, it felt like a good product I could slot into my current regime without causing any issues.

Facetheory was a new brand to me, but I had seen their advertising across the Internet. Their entire range is vegan and cruelty-free at an affordable price; the products are also made in the UK.

Facetheory Vitamin C Cream Cleanser product claims and ingredients

This product combines vitamin C and natural ingredients to remove dirt and clean pores. 

The vitamin C in this product appears to be there for more of a cleansing action, given this cleanser will only be on your face for a short time; I doubt the usual benefits of a vitamin C leave-on product would be realised. 

The vitamin c cream cleanser has glycerin in that helps to prevent water loss and hydrate the skin. 

This product contains no parabens, silicones, polyethylene glycols (PEGS), SLS or SLES, or mineral oils. In case you are interested. 

The Facetheory Vitamin C cream Cleanser is marketed as being suitable for most skin types and is available in a scented or an unscented formula. The cleanser contains:

  • Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate – a water-soluble stable version of vitamin C. 
  • Avocado Oil – packed with vitamins C and E and antioxidants; supposed to be great for hydration and to slow the signs of ageing. 
  • Lactic Acid – this is an alpha hydroxy acid AHA, that helps with exfoliation, and this particular acid can help your skin feeling moisturised. 
  • Sweet Almond Oil – is a skin-softening ingredient (emollient) and should encourage repairing. 

At the time of writing, you could purchase a 150ml glass bottle of this cleanser from Facetheory’s website for £11.99. Facetheory often have discount codes and rewards for writing reviews if you want to save a few more pennies!

My final thoughts

The texture of this product takes some getting used to if you are unfamiliar with cream cleansers. It was literally like applying a lightweight moisturiser to wet skin. Once you get over that, it is quite an excellent cleanser. 

It does a decent job of clearing the grime off the skin, but I notice my neck would need a bit of encouragement to become satisfactorily clean. 

The prescribed method for using is, dampen your face with water, massage a pea-sized amount into the skin and leave for one minute. Given that you only use a pea-sized amount, the cleanser should last you a long time! I have been using this daily for three months and still, have one-fifth of a bottle left. 

This cleanser is moisturising and leaves a subtle glow. You will not experience the tell-tale tingly feeling that is usually experienced from a vitamin C serum (I’m quite sad about that, as I find it a bit reassuring).

I feel torn, as the active ingredient in the facewash is a nice addition – however, I wonder given the short time it is on your face how much good it is doing?


Three star rating

As a basic cleaner for the morning this works fine, I wouldn’t use it in the evening as I don’t think it is heavy-duty enough. Given this is a cream base, I generally would not use this as part of a double cleanse (especially on my combo leaning oily skin). 

I think I would repurchase, but it’s not what I would consider a holy grail product. However, as a brand Facetheory have some very interesting products so I will keep investigating!

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