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Scientific skin care brands tend to be the most effective by far (in my assessment/opinion), but they can be a little…boring. Osmosis Skincare, on the other hand, always does a good job at keeping their skin care products with a tinge of luxury and innovation. With that in mind, Osmosis Skincare Deep Clean Detox Cleanser doesn’t disappoint. Free of the typical anti-acne oily skin cleanser triad (i.e., salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and some form of clay or charcoal to draw out impurities), Osmosis Skincare’s Deep Clean Detox Cleanser has a unique combination of coconut surfactants, citrus essential oils, and sandalwood oil. The idea is that the dirt and debris deep within the skin will disintegrate, such that larger pores appear less visible over time.
Here’s my full review:
Are Coconut-Based Cleansers Better?
A couple of years ago, there was a meme floating around that said: “Coconut oil: Put it on your face, your body, your hair, your relationships, your career! It’ll make everything better!” And I laughed wholeheartedly because, let’s face it, coconut oil was everywhere, and some of its health benefits, such as coconut oil being antibacterial, were vastly overstated online.
That said, coconut-based cleansers have a lot of promise because they are a natural source of the natural anti-ager kinetin (Molecules, 2009). The article states, “Based on the results obtained from studies on the anti-aging effects of kinetin on human skin cells, skin care products containing kinetin were subsequently developed to treat photo-damaged skin.”
Some of the ingredients in Osmosis Skincare Deep Clean Detox Cleanser that are coconut-based include Sodium Coco-Glucoside Tartrate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Sodium Cocoyl Hydrolyzed Amaranth Protein, which should contain enough coconut and kinetin to improve the elasticity and overall appearance of the skin.
One open-label (Kinerase) clinical study demonstrated that after 24 weeks of twice-daily application of 0.01%, 0.05%, or 0.10% of kinetin, there were slight to moderate improvements in barrier function (measured by changes in transepidermal water loss (TEWL)) compared to the control groups.
Another study investigated any possible synergistic effects between niacinamide and kinetin on Asian skin types (7). It demonstrated that after 12 weeks, combination use was more effective than treatment with either ingredient alone, when it came to reducing hyperpigmentation, TEWL, and erythema.
A Slew of Citrus Extracts
However, citrus extracts can also be irritating for the skin, so I rarely recommend them in leave-on products. In a rinse-off product like Osmosis Skincare Deep Clean Detox Cleanser, most of the irritating effects of citrus extract should be offset by the coconut and other hydrating ingredients. Further, the fact that it is rinse-off means that it should not subject your skin to photosensitivity.
Apply to damp skin and lather. Rinse thoroughly. Use morning and evening. Allow the lather to sit on your skin for 30 seconds before rinsing to get a deeper clean.
If you’ve tried a slew of anti-acne, oily skin-friendly cleansers with drying but effective ingredients like salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and clay or charcoal, and if your skin feels tired, lackluster, or overly dry as a result, give Osmosis Skincare Deep Clean Detox Cleanser a try. This is a solid product with a new approach to treating acne and oily skin: Instead of increasing cellular turnover, sloughing away dead skin cells, or drying out oil, this cleanser instead gently penetrates into the pores, binds to oil-based dirt and debris, and whisks them away, soft and clean. It’s a great product if your skin is acne-prone and oily but also a tinge (or more) sensitive.
Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Sodium Hydroxypropylsulfonate Laurylglucoside Crosspolymer, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Sodium Coco-Glucoside Tartrate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Sodium Cocoyl Hydrolyzed Amaranth Protein, Lauryl Glucoside, Citrus Sinensis var. Sanguina (Blood Orange) Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Oil, Santalum Austrocaledonicum (Sandalwood) Wood Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Hydroxypropylsulfonate Decylglucoside Crosspolymer, Gluconolactone, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Benzoate.