Saturday, October 6, 2012

OSEA Ocean Cleansing Mudd

Back in August I received a PR email from a US skincare company called OSEA. While I’d never heard of this brand, they immediately got my attention by offering tips on how to fight pimples.

One of those tips involved using OSEA’s Ocean Cleansing Mudd, an impressive-sounding product that’s,
“…formulated to remove impurities while clearing up blemishes and controlling excess oil production.”

The email went on to tell me that a host of healthy ingredients, including tea tree oil, jojoba oil and vitamin E, are packed into this cleanser that OSEA basically claims does it all, including, “…exfoliat(ing) and purify(ing) clogged pores and remov(ing) dead cells, leaving skin smooth and invigorated.”

It also mentioned that all OSEA products are completely vegan and 100% free of synthetic fragrances, genetically modified ingredients, petrochemicals, parabens and sulfates.

All of this sounds great so of course I followed up on OSEA’s offer of samples. They ended up sending me samples of both the cleansing mud and another product that I’ll review on Monday.

Unfortunately, while this product looks amazing on paper, it’s a bit disappointing in practice.

How you use this product, which has an herbal scent to it and is more liquid-y than muddy, varies depending on your skin type. I have combination skin so I was to use it each morning as a face wash and so that’s what I did for close to three weeks.

What I discovered is that while this isn't a bad cleanser, it’s nothing special. It didn't cause any negative reactions and it did do a great job at making my skin feel clean and yes, even “invigorated” thanks to the mild tingling sensation that this product creates. But while I used it I never noticed any decrease in blemish numbers or oil production and clogged pores stayed clogged.

Would I buy this product: Nope, this product just didn't do it for me.

Should you buy it:  Maybe. This product does have a great ingredients list and is exactly what a lot of health-conscience people out there are looking for. But it’s pricey ($48) and clearly isn't effective for everyone. I’d skip it if you have really oily skin, this product just doesn't seem robust enough to fight serious oil or pimples, or if you have normal-to-dry skin, since OSEA recommends that people with this skin type only use it as a weekly treatment.

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