Skincare Review: Puriste Gentle Purifying Facial Cleanser and 8% Glycolic Acid Night Cream

Developed by dermatologist Dr. Sylvia Garnis-Jones, Puriste uses medical-grade formulations in products promising to uncomplicate you skincare routine. Manufactured in Canada and entirely women-owned and operated, the products from Puriste are cruelty-free and do not contain dyes, fragrances, mineral oils, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, or synthetic preservatives.

They sent over two products that they think would work on my oily skin. First is the Gentle Purifying Facial Cleanser ($30 CAD), a mineral-oil free cleanser that contains cucumber extract, german chamomile extract, aloe leaf extract, and citric acid to remove makeup, comfort skin, and dissolve impurities. It has a runny texture that feels creamy on the skin. It lathers and has a minty scent that feels relaxing to the skin. It does cleanse the skin but it doesn’t feel drying or stripping. It’s gentle and cleansing, with its ability to remove light makeup. For me, I enjoy using it every morning for some light yet effective cleansing.

The 8% Glycolic Acid Night Cream ($65 CAD) aims to loosen dead skin cells, increase collagen production, reduce visible signs of aging, diminish the appearance of acne and discoloration, brighten dull skin tone, and moisturize the skin. It also contains coconut oil, olive fruit oil, jojoba seed oil, shea butter, and mango seed butter.

With 8% glycolic acid, I expected more tingling that I felt. I expected it to be harsh but it wasn’t as harsh on my skin as I thought it would be. It worked just right on my skin. I don’t prefer moisturizers this creamy so I only use it at night. However, during the first few days of use, without using any actives besides this, I noticed that instantly brightened my skin and left it feeling soft. After a couple of months of use, it did leave my skin looking healthier and brighter. I would love to get back to using this once the temperature drops again.

The Puriste Gentle Purifying Facial Cleanser and 8% Glycolic Acid Night Cream were provided by @puriste. Available at

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