It’s rare that I feel nothing but absolute hate for a product but Dove Pro Age has brought the bitch out in me. It’s 100% nasty!
I picked it up in desperation last week in the supermarket having run out of both my Neostrata Pha4 and my Liz Earle washes on the same day. I didn’t have the cash to buy the Neostrata immediately and it’s not something I use everyday anyway. The Liz Earle I wasn’t able to get my hands on immediately either as I needed to wait for it to be delivered, so in a moment of madness I picked up the Pro Age which promised to clean my mush and leave it feeling full of moisture ; neither of which it did!
I took my makeup off as usual and dampened my face. I applied a small blob of the Pro Age and set to work with my Clarisonic. (Yes, I got me a Clarisionic; watch this space for a full review shortly). The wash foamed up nicely but I knew as soon as I went to pat my face dry that this wash and me were going to have a falling out. My face felt tight; tight and really really dry. Eeeeeeeeeek
Before going to bed that night I lashed on my A’kin Cellular Radiance Serum (again watch this space for a full review) and my Ziaja Rose Night Cream. Both are excellent products but I still awoke to my tight face. I don’t know what possessed me but I used the Pro Age again that morning, and as you can probably guess by now I immediately regretted it. I looked like a Shar-Pei.
So long story short this face wash is awful. My skin became dehydrated after only two uses. My face flaked and wrinkles became super obvious. I wasn’t a happy camper. It is aimed at the older lady but that’s not the point really. I gave it to my granny to have a go and she reported similar results. It’s now resting peacefully in the bin, the only place for it! I suspect the reason my skin became so dry is because of the high content of Glycerin (30%). Although Glycerin is a humectant (in plain English it means it helps a product retain water) but too much of it can cause any hydration brought to or near the surface to completely evaporate into the surrounding environment, which totally negates its original purpose. So be careful ladies. A touch of glycerin is good for the skin, but too much will leaving you looking like a Shar-Pei puppeh.
It cost me €5.20 in the local supermarket but you would be best placed to save that money and opt for something a little bit pricier.
Have you picked up any awful products in the supermarket recently? Let us know in the comments!
pic credit for Sherpai: www.shar-pai.shar-pei-enligne.be