Purity Made Simple

While I like the concept of all the facial cleansing “systems” on the market these days, which offer a highly specific regimen and multiple end results, sometimes they can be a little … much. Too many options, too many formulas, too many steps, too many dollar signs. In the end, I just want a product that makes my face look and feel as clean as possible, and I don’t want it to cost a fortune. Is that too much to ask?

That probably explains, then, why a store clerk at one of my local beauty supply stores recently found me standing in the facial cleanser aisle, a dazed look on my face. Our conversation went something like this:

Her: “Are you looking for something in particular?”
Me: “Yeah, I’m trying to decide on a cleanser …”
Her: “OK, well what are you looking for? What’s your current regimen like?”
Me: “Um. Well. I hate washing my face.”

If she was judging me, bless her, she didn’t show it. Because it’s true — I really, honestly, hate washing my face. I know that it’s not a crazy-involved task, but still — at the end of a long workday, all I want to do is brush my teeth, pull on my PJs and crawl into bed. And for some stupid reason, that extra step of washing my face just seems like a lot to ask right before I hit the sack. I get that it’s a necessary evil in exchange for all the fun that comes with wearing makeup, but please, could we keep things simple and quick?

Well, it might not get more simple than this: a product called Purity Made Simple by Philosophy, which is what the store clerk handed me with an “Ah, I have just the thing” kind of look in her eye. And I bought it — literally — wondering if this would finally be a cleanser to make my life, well, simpler.

The next time I see that store clerk? I’m going to thank her. The Purity Made Simple is gentle on my sensitive skin, and fragrance-free, which I love. It’s one step and one step only, and also something of a multitasker, since it cleanses, moisturizes and dissolves dirt, makeup and other purities on the skin. I’ve found it to be very non-drying, thanks to the light natural oils included. Also, a lot of cleansers don’t take the pH of your skin into consideration, but this one does, so my skin retains moisture, probably making my post-cleanse facial moisturizer a lot more effective.

I like this product, and it might be slowly transitioning toward looking forward to using it at the end of the day, since I only have to use a small amount, and since it washes off so easily.

Are you like me and sometimes feel too lazy to wash your makeup off at night? Don’t worry, I won’t spill your secret, but maybe you should give Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple a try.

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  • Chris Ziegler Cook

    March 23, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    My all time favorite! Check out more phikosophy products-they are all great!

  • Anisha Le-Great Giri

    March 29, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Ahhhh. I used this product for a year or so before switching to Pond's Cold Cream. I love it for light make-up days because it […] Read MoreAhhhh. I used this product for a year or so before switching to Pond's Cold Cream. I love it for light make-up days because it really gets the job done and leaves your face feeling fantastically moisturized, but I found it just didn't work well on heavy eye makeup. I found myself rewashing my eyes a couple times before MOST of it came off. *le-sigh* Read Less

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