iS Clinical Cleansing Complex Polish

If you read my ‘Best of 2021’ post, you know that the iS Clinical Active Peel System completely blew me away. And if you follow my Instagram stories, you know I rarely go anywhere without a travel-size of the brand’s Cleansing Complex. Clearly, iS Clinical has earned my complete trust for the best in cleansing and exfoliating. Which is why I almost squealed with excitement when a mailer with the new Cleansing Complex Polish landed in my hands recently. The bottle joined the shower shelfie that very day.  

What is it?

The new iS Clinical Cleansing Complex Polish is a follow-up step that complements the Cleansing Complex and delivers gentle surface exfoliation. A foaming gel with chemical and physical agents that help decongest clogged pores and slough off dead cell buildup on the skin’s surface, its faint, clean aroma and slightly slippery texture evokes the same properties in the cleanser. It generates the familiar soft lather and leaves the skin feeling clean and hydrated. Depending on your skin type, it is gentle enough to be used daily. 

What’s in it?

Salicylic Acid (White Willow Bark Extract to be precise), which penetrates deep within the pore and mechanical friction of Jojoba Esters and Microcrystalline Cellulose are key to the two-fold exfoliation in the new Cleansing Complex Polish. Some may associate Sugarcane Extract with Glycolic Acid (derived from Sugarcane), but in its raw state, it has moisturizing and antiseptic rather than resurfacing properties. This harmonious performance smoothes and polishes the skin without stripping it of its natural oils or compromising the barrier function. 

Those with sensitivities will be thrilled to hear that this latest launch also highlights Cica and Chamomile Extracts to calm reactive complexions. The biodegradable microparticles are extremely gentle but won’t dissolve fully instantly, so I prefer to use it in the shower to ensure every tiny bit is rinsed from my bushy eyebrows. Can anyone else relate? 

When and How

My favorite way to use the new iS Clinical Cleansing Complex Polish? As an exclusive morning cleanser. It also does a great job as a step two in my PM routine, following either the Cleansing Complex or whichever balm or oil cleanser I use to remove my sunscreen and day’s grime. This newness feels incredibly refreshing. I’ve been using it very frequently since my combination skin needs any purification available to combat this brutal summer humidity. A generous dose of Glycerin, one of the best humectants to ever touch our skin, ensures this polishing solution will not cause dryness or discomfort. I am loving everything about it. 

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