ESPA Skincare Optimal Skin ProCleanser

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Hello! Around about this time last year, the lovely people at ESPA ran a blog competition; providing bloggers with a sample of their ProSerum for a chance to win some amazing things. I signed up to take part but I completely forgot to enter – oops! This time, I am more prepared *smug emoji face*.

The ESPA Skincare blogger competition this year is for bloggers to trial and review the ESPA Skincare Optimal Skin ProCleanser. After falling truly, madly, deeply in love with their ProSerum I knew that it was more than likely I was going to fall in love with this too.  Oh boy, did I…

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ESPA Skincare Optimal Skin ProCleanser

£30 – ESPA

They say:

This Tri-Phase multifunctional gel cleanser, exfoliator and mask will leave your skin feeling beautifully clean, nourished and visibly radiant.

Moringa seed extract cleanses and removes make-up whilst multi-functional jojoba spheres gently exfoliate and melt to leave your skin clear, nourished and smooth. Finally, pumpkin enzymes gently dissolve dull cells, revealing a beautiful, radiant, healthy glow.


Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Jojoba Esters, Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Fruit Ferment Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Aqua (Water), Coconut Alkanes , Sucrose Laurate, Sucrose Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Limonene, Vaccinium Vitis-Idaea Seed Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Coco Caprylate / Caprate, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Juniperus Mexicana Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Linalool , Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Citronellol, Benzyl Benzoate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract.

ESPA do not test on animals.

How To Use:

Use daily, smoothing a small amount over your face, neck and décolleté working in small circular movements until the jojoba spheres melt. Rinse away either with water, muslin cloth or damp cotton wool. Leave on for 15 minutes twice a week to allow the mask to activate.

I say:

As I have so much to say about this, I am going to use the sub-headings as provided by ESPA to help me keep this post straight forward – you know how I ramble on…

How does ProCleanser fit into my skincare routine?

I use the ProCleanser in the mornings to give my skin some TLC as it has a busy day ahead of it!  A full face of make up, changes in temperature and dehydration.   I sometimes use it on a night time if my skin is problematic and I am struggling with blemishes, dullness and in need of a pick-me-up.  I’ve also used it as a mask in the evening.  It is very much my morning cleanser though.

Which products do I use it with?

If my skin is problematic, I use the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+] afterwards.  If my skin is normal, then I either use a light  moisturiser in the day (at the time of writing I am using a small sample of an Elemis one), or the ProSerum on a night.

Would I recommend it to my followers?

I would recommend it to my followers who are about my age and older, as I feel you would get the most out of this product and are more likely to see results.  I think, and I would say that ESPA agree, that this would be too much for younger skins.  You don’t need to use something like this if you are a teenager.  Embrace your youth and your abundance of collagen!

Why I love it!

 Now this is where I can go to town!

I love the ESPA Skincare Optimal Skin ProCleanser.  Oh my.  It is one of the best things that has ever happened to my face (along with ESPA’s ProSerum!).  It’s just incredible.   Bear with me whilst I try to make some sense of the jibberish going round in my brain…

I would describe this a dual action product; an exfoliating cleanser.  The exfoliants used in the ProCleanser are jojoba beads.  As well as being funny to say (ho-ho-ba), they are also important to this cleanser’s success.  Jojoba beads are used in this cleanser as they are gentle on the skin, and unlike other types of exfoliants that can be used (i.e. nuts or kernels),  they do not scratch, irritate or damage, nor do they leave the skin open to bacteria.  Another fun fact of jojoba beads are that they have a lower melting point and can be crushed against the skin.  As well as the skin absorbing the benefits of the jojoba wax, the jojoba beads can also be “carriers” for ingredients like Vitamin E (an antioxidant, which skins lurrrrve).

The skin-loving does not stop there, oh no! Now we need to talk about moringa seed extract.  Moringa seed extract contains some more antioxidants; Vitamin C and beta carotene. Vitamin C is the anti-ager (is that a word?) – it protects skin cells, strengthen’s skin barrier, reduces inflammation and promotes collagen production. Beta-carotene is a free radical fighting antioxidant; the body converts this into Vitamin A… i.e. retinol (another anti-ager).

Another one of the star ingredients in this cleanser are the pumpkin enzymes.  I have to wonder why pumpkin enzymes aren’t being used more in skincare products as it is quite the ingredient.  Pumpkin is rich in the antioxidants (that word again!) Vitamin A and Vitamin C.  We already know what Vitamin C does but what about Vitamin A?  Vitamin A hydrates, soothes and softens the skin so it is a good partner to Vitamin C.   Pumpkin enzymes are used to remove old skin cells and promote the the production of new ones – no more dull, dry skin.  Pumpkin enzymes are also more gentle on the skin compared to other chemical exfoliators like glycolic acid which reduces the risk of any bad reactions.  The enzymes also cleanses pores and improves the tone and texture of skin.  As you can imagine, the enzymes are not only providing the skin with nutrients, but they are also preparing the skin for even more nutrients from the aforementioned moringa seed extract and jojoba beads. Phew!

I feel like I should address some of the other ingredients present in this cleanser.  I’ll try to keep it short and sweet.

Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil – rich in vitamins A,B and E • Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Oil – assists healing and increasing the skin’s elasticity • Rosa Damascena Flower Oil – anti inflammatory • Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Oil – stimulate the growth of healthy new cells • Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil – antiseptic properties.

As you can imagine, these three ingredients leave my skin feeling absolutely amazing.  From the first use my skin felt wonderful; soft and smooth without feeling dried out or sore.  I teamed this up with the ProSerum and it was a match made in heaven.  My skin drank up the ProSerum (but not in a “I’m so dried out – gimme moisture!” kind of way); I didn’t think it was possible but my skin felt even MORE amazing.  It was like my face was being hugged by GOODNESS.  When I went to apply make up after use, it glided on and my skin glowed.  I noticed my make up stayed on a lot longer than usual too.

If you are feeling lazy, and cannot be bothered to massage the jojoba beads into your face until they melt, you can leave the cleanser on for 15 minutes to do the work.   I noticed that again, my skin felt soft and smooth without being dried  out.  Even though the results were the same, I do prefer it as an exfoliating cleanser than a mask.

If we go back to the middle of this blog post, I mentioned that I use the ProCleanser with my Effaclar Duo [+] if my skin is problematic and is riddled with blemishes.  When I use these two together, my blemishes disappear within a day or two as opposed to about 5-7 days when used with other cleansers.  I think this is down to the pumpkin enzymes cleansing my pores, removing the old skin cells and helping my skin absorb the active ingredients from the Effaclar Duo [+].

Once again, ESPA have made me, and my face, fall in love with them.  Even though at £30, the cleanser is expensive, it’s not as expensive as I thought it would be and it may be something I will repurchase the full size of in the future.  As I have been using a pea sized amount once a day I think the full size would last me quite a while.   For now, I’ll be scraping whatever I can out of this sample bottle to make it last as long as I can.

I hope some of you found this post informative and that you enjoyed it.   I’d love to hear of any ESPA products you tried and what you thought?

Danniella x

ESPA provided all bloggers taking part in the competition with a 15ml sample of the ProCleanser. No further compensation received.

September 28, 2014
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  • Reply Gemma Turner

    Oh wow you’ve totally sold this to me, it sounds incredible :D xx

    Gemma // Miss Makeup Magpie

    September 28, 2014 at 11:53 pm
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      It is! It’s just heaven :D x

      October 19, 2014 at 4:57 pm
  • Reply India

    This sounds so good! I won the Espa Pro Serum a while back, and find it a bit too rich to use regularly but the effect it has is great so a cleanser version sounds fab!

    India / Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

    September 29, 2014 at 12:40 pm
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      The cleanser is beautiful! I’m so sad I’ve used it up :( x

      October 19, 2014 at 4:56 pm
  • Reply Alice

    Who could not want to try this cleanser after that amazing review?! On my way to hunt it down now! x

    October 5, 2014 at 10:55 am
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      Oh it’s amazing <3 they are online or there is an ESPA counter in Harvey Nichols in Leeds :D xx

      October 19, 2014 at 4:53 pm

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