Sunday Riley has unlocked the secret to making great facial cleansers, and she makes three of them: Charisma Crème Cleanser (reviewed here), Ceramic Slip Cleanser (reviewed here), and Gray Exposé Cleanser. I love and use all three- rotating them based on the particular needs of my skin each day.
I always have a bottle of Gray Exposé in my shower, and find it particularly effective when used with my Clarisonic. This is a clarifying cleanser made for congested, oily, and combination skin. I was concerned that it would be a little too clarifying and harsh- leaning more toward oily and acne prone skin types, but I was wrong- it works beautifully on my combination skin.
Gray Exposé is also a wonderful multi-tasker- in addition to being a fantastic cleanser it is also a really great mask. Just mix one full pump of Gray Exposé with 2 pumps of Good Genes (reviewed here) and leave it on for 20 minutes and then rinse with warm water. This mask leaves my skin luminous, clean, and also helps clear blackheads, whiteheads and pimples. This is an excellent mask for those with acne.
According to Sunday Riley, Gray Exposé is:
A luxe, cooling, non-foaming cleanser for clear, vibrant skin! Clarifies and increases collagen synthesis for enviable, smooth skin. With Activated charcoal, MSM, DMAE, Willowbark, Vitamin C, 3 Tea Blend, and Manuka, Lemon, & Peppermint Essential Oils to brighten and clear the skin, while also pumping up collagen and elastin production! Gray Exposé will pull impurities and skin congestion to the surface, without stripping the skin. It's very important not to dry out congested skin prone to breakouts because you can leave microscopic cracks which act like open doors for acne bacteria to invade.
Gray Exposé is a non-foaming cleanser, and if foam is an essential requirement for you when you clean your face then you might want to use Ceramic Slip Cleanser instead. However, Gray Exposé is the most effective cleanser that I have tried for pimples, blackheads, or whiteheads. A non-foaming cleanser may require a huge paradigm shift for some, but I promise you that Gray Exposé is well worth trying. The peppermint essential oils impart a refreshing cooling sensation that is especially invigorating first thing in the morning. It makes my face tingle, but it never irritates my skin. I just love the way that my skin feels when I use this yummy cleanser. If you are reluctant to commit to a bottle of cleanser that does not foam, then simply ask for a sample. I started out with a sample and quickly got hooked and bought a bottle- now I won't be without it!
-Activated Charcoal (Pulls toxins, debris, and infection close to the surface like a magnet. Naturally purifies, detoxifies, and balances oil production)
-MSM (Clarifies the skin, helps build healthy tissue)
-DMAE (Skin Firming, Helps smooth bumpy, uneven skin, promotes collagen synthesis)
-Vitamin C (Reduces the redness and scarring of congested skin)
-Peppermint essential oil (Soothing and cooling effect on irritated, inflamed skin )
-Lemon essential oil (Skin toning, naturally cleanses and purifies)
-Manuka essential oil (Anti-microbial, antibacterial)
-Willowbark Extract (Antiseptic, Anti-inflammatory, exfoliating)
-3 Tea Blend (Green, White, and Rooibos Tea clarify the skin and provide anti-oxidant protection)
Ingredients (click to enlarge):
Overall assessment: I love Gray Exposé Cleanser and always have a bottle in my cleanser rotation. I also love it as a mask, and should really remember to use it this way more often. A definite MUST HAVE for me.
4.2 fl. oz $45.00 available at Barneys New York