Skyn Iceland Glacial Face Wash Review

Skyn Iceland calls their Glacial Face Wash "a refreshing, foaming cleanser that will leave your skin squeaky clean and hydrated. Formulated with the purest Icelandic glacial waters and beneficial botanicals, this mild cleanser detoxifies and purifies without stripping skin of its natural moisture. Skin's harmony, balance and glow are restored." Less popular than the brand's instafamous Cloud Cleanser, I hadn't heard of the Glacial Face Wash before receiving it in an Ipsy Bag, but I was enticed by the cool and refreshing name! A full size of Skyn Iceland's Glacial Face Wash contains 150ml (5 fl oz) and retails for $44AUD at Mecca, or $30USD at Ulta. Skyn Iceland is cruelty free and vegan friendly. This cleanser was made in China.

Skyn Iceland's Glacial Face Wash comes in a simple opaque white squeeze tube with a flip top cap. The brand logo and product name are printed on the front of the tube, with a full ingredient list and directions listed on the back. This cleanser's packaging couldn't be more straight forward yet chic, but unfortunately it isn't recyclable. 

The Glacial Face Wash is a white, almost moussey product that builds into a ton of soft, luxurious lather - to say that this cleanser is 'high foaming' would be nearly an understatement. This cleanser feels creamy and rich while you're working it into the skin, and it rinses quite easily despite how thick the lather is. That's where the fun stops though. Skyn Iceland's Glacial Face Wash is incredibly stripping! This cleanser left my skin feeling dry and rubbery - suddenly I was ten years older with surprising new fine lines, and completely matte, lifeless skin. Skyn Iceland says this cleanser will make you feel squeaky clean, and they meant it, in the worst way. Each use of the Glacial Face Wash left me with parched, irritated skin that was in desperate need for a good coating of oil and about a liter of water. As someone with normal to combo skin, I've never experienced such a total drainage of moisture from the skin from just a cleanser before - I'd hate to imagine what this product would do to dry or sensitive skin! It might actually kill you. Luckily, I haven't suffered any long term issues from using Skyn Iceland's cleanser, some squalane and a layer of a good moisturizer would revive my complexion. To cap off my dislike of the Glacial Face Wash, it had a strong, soapy scent that I could barely stand. 

Skyn Iceland's Glacial Face Wash has a base of water and glycerin, with a mix of two harsh, soapy surfactants and a few gentler fatty acid style cleansing agents. Hydrating castor oil meets naturally salicylic acid rich willow bark extract, and soothing oat extract. The brand's signature inclusion of Iceland inspired ingredients like vitamin C rich cloudberry and cranberry extracts are next up, followed by potentially irritating thyme and angelica root extracts. Shea Butter and jojoba oil make an attempt at hydrating the skin, before the ingredient list delves into all the texture enhancers, surfactants, and preservatives at the end of the cleanser. A small amount of Vitamin E and retinol are worth mentioning, though they're likely ineffective in a cleanser. Several essential oils and fragrance are included at the tail end of this cleanser's ingredient list, with the blend creating quite a strong, and as I mentioned, soapy scent. 

Though it seems to receive high praise on retailers' websites, touting the Glacial Face Wash as being hydrating and great for fighting acne, most skincare bloggers seem to have the same experience I've had - completely stripped, uncomfortably tight skin. I couldn't be less impressed with a cleanser, honestly this is one of the worst I've tried - ever. While maybe Skyn Iceland's Glacial Face Wash can help acne, it certainly isn't good for your skin. I think heavily foaming, drying cleansers like this are completely outdated and damaging. It's safe to say I do not recommend Skyn Iceland's Glacial Face Wash. 

Water/Aqua/Eau*, Glycerin, Myristic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Behenic Acid, Lauric Acid, Palmitic Acid, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Stearic Acid, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Rubus Chamaemorus (Arctic Cloudberry) Seed Oil, Oxycoccus Palustris (Arctic Cranberry) Seed Oil, Luffa Cylindrica Seed Oil, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf Extract, Buddleja Davidii Extract, Angelica Archangelica Root Water*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Laminaria Digitata Powder, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acids, Propylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Menthone Glycerin Acetal, Disodium EDTA, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Retinol, Polysorbate 20, Lecithin, Peg-75 Shea Butter Glycerides, Pentylene Glycol, Perfluorodecalin, Glycosphingolipids, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Butylene Glycol, Potassium Phosphate, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Potassium Sorbate, 1,2 Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Benzoate, BHT, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Benzyl Salicylate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Geraniol, Limonene, Citronellol, Eugenol, Parfum (Fragrance), Blue 1 (CI 42090), Red 33 (CI 17200)

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