111 Skin Facewash Essential Cleanser

Sometimes (especially in the morning) you just want a wash that’s light and fresh, that rinses off easily yet still does the job when it comes to leaving the skin perfectly cleansed. Because of the Teen Skincare Series I had been using Alpha-H’s Clear Skin wash quite a lot, but as my testing duties have now finished, I am free to experiment with products from other realms of the beauty world. Most recently, this hi-tech wash from 111 Skin.

The Lift Off 111 NAC Y2 Facewash Essential Cleanser (still there?) belongs to 111 Skin‘s range of anti-ageing skincare. It’s stocked exclusively by Harrods (therefore not cheap!) and so far it seems to be pretty hard-working stuff. It contains ingredients to cleanse, fight free-radicals and remove dead skin cells, and although it doesn’t seem to have a full-on exfoliating effect (in comparison to the other two cleansers I’m having a bash at this month, more on them later!) it does leave my skin extremely clean without drying it out.

Note that I use this in the morning as a “fresh” cleanser – for heavy-duty makeup removal and a thorough, massaging cleanse I prefer something creamier/balmier. (See Emma Hardie, Pai, NuBo, Alpha-H.) You get 120ml of product in the bottle, yet the bottle weighs approximately the same as an eight-year-old child, so I suppose you could say that the packaging is suitably luxurious for the £35 price-tag. It looks like its been dressed in a Starship Enterprise uniform. Also, the lid is so large it can double up as a mouth-rinse glass: just thought I’d put that out there. (I only know this because I almost burnt the bejeezus out of my tongue rinsing with Listerine the other day, and the lid was the closest thing to hand. It’s Mr AMR’s Listerine – that man must be made from asbestos!)

This cleanser is very firmly at the top end, price-wise. Per ml, it’s not really any more than the NuBo Velvet Cleanser that I adore, and it’s cheaper than the Vaishaly Balm, but it has a far less sumptuous texture. It’s clear, quite runny and although it slips easily across the skin, it’s not the kind of cleanser that you’d spend a long time luxuriating in. It’s quite perfunctory and quick – spread it, work it in, rinse it. For those readers who have been asking about a high-end NON-creamy cleanser, this one could be right up your street!

This is the only product from 111 Skin that I’ve tried – I’d be interested to know if anyone has any experience with other products in the range? Cleansers can be funny old souls – they’re not often the “star” product of a range, usually it’s a serum or some kind of cutting-edge moisturiser or eye cream. This cleanser really does do the trick and after a few weeks, I notice a brightness afterwards that isn’t perhaps so noticeable after a cream or balm cleanser – a freshness and clarity – and I think that the antibacterial properties (did I mention those?) have been quite useful in helping to keep blemishes at bay.

I should add (and this is one of the main points made in the press literature) that the Skin 111 products are tested in extremes of space and deep sea. So if you find yourself on a mission to Mars to save planet Earth from certain destruction then you know what you need to be packing in your toiletries bag! For Deep Sea adventures? Perhaps not so much. Everything would just wash off, I’d have thought.

The 111 Skin Essential Cleanser costs £35 from Harrods.com

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  1. July 1, 2012 / 7:48 am

    lol, your posts never fail to make me smile Ruth–even if I’m having the most horrible day ever. Thanks for that! And I’ve never even heard of this brand, but it sounds so serious!

  2. July 1, 2012 / 12:04 pm

    This sounds so fancy! Loved your comment about the weight of the bottle, made me chuckle!

    I love a really light cleanser in the morning (unless my skin is horrid) I’ve been using REN’s mayblossom cleansing gel lately and it sounds quite similar (antibacterial, clear runny gel etc) but on the less pricy side. I’ve also found it’s excellent at doing what it says, controlling shine!
    One to test perhaps? :P

    • Ruth
      July 2, 2012 / 1:16 pm

      I shall add it to the list! xx

  3. fatima
    July 1, 2012 / 2:38 pm

    haha besides that u give great/honest productreviews i just really have to tell u that i also love reading your blog because i like your sense of humour!
    X Fatima

  4. Rebecca
    July 1, 2012 / 6:47 pm

    This sounds like a good one, I’m definitely going to give it a try when I’m back in the UK in August. I’ve been on a ‘using up’ mission these last few months as my beauty collection was getting a little out of control, a lot out of control, I’m a certified addict! However, my UK trip always calls for a stock up on the products I can’t get here in the middle east and all the others I can get for almost half the price! My list is ever expanding xxx

  5. MakeUpNaive
    July 2, 2012 / 7:10 am

    Hi Ruth have you tried La Mer creme? I heard a lot of good reviews about it but i wanted to
    Ask your opinion first before splurging! The price made me gasp i dont know if its worth it, whats your thought?

    • Ruth
      July 2, 2012 / 12:39 pm

      It’s far too rich for me, even in small amounts, so I’m afraid I can’t recommend it personally, though I love the lip balm and the serums! x

  6. Fifi
    July 2, 2012 / 8:24 am

    Ooh, sounds like one I’d like to try. I’ve heard good things about the 111Skin serum too. Putting it on my *wishlist*

  7. Falak
    July 2, 2012 / 10:13 pm

    Hey Ruth
    It doesn’t really have anything to do with this post but I was wondering if you knew of any products to help with acne scarring? I 17 incase you needed to know.

    • Ruth
      July 2, 2012 / 11:10 pm

      Have a look at the Liquid Gold reviews! Has your acne gone now, just scarring? x

      • Falak
        July 3, 2012 / 5:06 pm

        Yeah the acnes pretty much gone its just the scars it ha left behind but I do get the occasional spot and I have looked at the liquid gold but I’m unsure whether it will work :/

        • Ruth
          July 3, 2012 / 11:10 pm

          Never know til you try, unfortunately! Every skin is different! It won’t do any harm, put it that way. Out of all the feedback (100s of people) have only had one non-positive response, and that was someone with very sensitive skin.. It can’t be right for everyone, though, so there are no guarantees with any skincare! Unfortunately. Unless you buy through QVC, apparently? x

          • Falak
            July 4, 2012 / 6:58 am

            That’s the problem, will it be ok to use because I keep thinking its for anti ageing which kind of scares me a bit? But I will look in to it :)

  8. medisa
    January 20, 2013 / 10:32 pm

    Ruth, what is your recommendation cleanser to use with clarasonic? I have combination skin/ oily tzone & usual hormonal breakout on my chin during that time of the month.
    thanks in advance

  9. Mary Space
    April 5, 2013 / 12:29 am

    I have combination skin- oily T zone and subject to the monthly breakout. My skin has been remarkably improved since using Citrus Clear Acne wash. I love it so much that I think I am in about my 4th year! I have tried most every drugstore and department store brand, but I am never leaving Citrus Clear again.

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