Elemis Superfood Cica Calm Cleansing Foam is a calming micellar cleanser that claims to “gently cleanse away dirt and grime” with the help of Cica, vegan Kefir and fermented rice water. Well I am here to say that these claims are true, in my opinion anyway. I have been using this cleanser in my day time routine for three months now and considering I have yet to see any adverse effects I can credit some of my skin health to this cleanser. Let’s get to known some of these ingredients.
Aqua/Water/Eau, Coco-Betaine, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Sodium Chloride, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Inulin, Citric Acid, Fragrance (Parfum), Sodium Benzoate, Sodium PEG-7 Olive Oil Carboxylate, Propylene Glycol, Limonene, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium EDTA, Saccharomyces/Rice Ferment Filtrate, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil, Candida Bombicola/Glucose/Methyl Rapeseedate Ferment, Agave Americana Leaf Extract, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Lavandula Hybrida Grosso Herb Oil, Linalool, Sodium Mangoamphoacetate, Geraniol, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Leaf/Twig Oil, Butylene Glycol, Citral, Phenoxyethanol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Glycerin, Benzyl Alcohol, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Centella Asiatica (Cica) Extract, Lactobacillus/Soybean (Kefir) Ferment Extract.
What is Coco-Betaine?
Coco-Betaine or more formally known as Cocamidopropyl betaine is a surfactant derived from coconut oil. It is a cleansing agent.
What is fermented rice water?
Fermented rice water is rice water that is left to ferment and has gone slightly sour. It is rich in antioxidants, minerals, vitamins B, C and E. It is said to aid in improving skin’s damage from the sun by promoting collagen production and having anti-aging benefits thanks to its antioxidant properties.
What is camellia sinensis seed oil?
Camellia sinensis seed oil is an easily absorbed carrier oil that does not leave a greasy feel on the skin. It contains fat and essential fatty acids, including oleic acid. Camellia sinensis Oil contains vitamins E, giving it antioxidant properties. It is beneficial for dry, aging and/or sunburned skin.
What is Cica?
Cica is short or an easier to market name for Centella Asiatica. Centella Asiatica is a plant originating in Asia that is known to have medicinal benefits. Cica helps with skin regeneration and collagen synthesization while controlling inflammation from scarring. In skincare it is used on photoaging skin, cellulite treatment and striae. In this product I can safely assume it aids in the bouncy feel and elasticity of the skin.
What is vegan Kefir?
Kefir is very similar to yogurt but it is made with more beneficial bacteria and lactose free. It has a lower sugar content and has bio-derived components that are good for the skin. It is rich in probiotics that soothe dry skin and help balance skin pH. Calms inflammation or rosacea. Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The lactic acid found in kefir is known as a great skin exfoliator. It is very nourishing.
In summary all these ingredients contribute to healthy, hydrated skin and makes Elemis’ claims true, in my opinion.