On the 10th January of this year Caroline Hirons broke the Internet, albeit for slightly different reasons than Kim Kardashian.

The eagerly awaited double cleanse from Pixi and Caroline Hirons is a 2 in 1 evening cleanser containing a solid cleansing oil on one side and a cleansing cream on the other.

The solid cleansing oil claims to ‘easily break down and remove dirt, makeup and sunscreen’, while the cleansing balm ‘cleanses and conditions to prep skin for the next steps in your regimen’. Let’s take a look!

The Science Behind the Bottle

Step 1: Solid Cleansing Oil

Oils

Phase one is a solid cleansing oil, based on the idea that oil dissolves oil, allowing ingredients like safflower seed oil, avocado oil and olea fruit oil (just to name a few!) to dissolve excess oil from the skin and gently break down and remove any make up, SPF and dirt without stripping the skin of its natural oils.

Tocopheryl Acetate

Vitamin E is added to supplement our skins antioxidant defence. Free radicals can be generated through our body’s normal processes but external factors like exposure to UV rays, smoking and pollution can increase free radical production. If these free radicals are left unchecked, they look for electrons to take from other molecules, like proteins and DNA in our skin cells, which causes damage and has been linked to accelerated ageing. So topical antioxidants like the vitamin E included in this cleanser can help to ‘mop up’ some of these free radicals and hopefully slow down skin ageing.

Step 2: Cleansing Cream

Ascorbic Acid

Alongside its role as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, vitamin C has also been found to help rejuvenate the skin’s structure – a very attractive reason to incorporate it into skincare. It has been shown to regulate and increase the production of collagen, a key structural protein that makes up a whopping 70% of our skin’s composition, helping to leave your skin plumper and firmer while keeping fine lines and wrinkles at bay.

Glycerin

Pixi and Caroline Hirons have included Glycerin into their cleansing cream (they must have known it is a BBTG favourite), which is a humectant, meaning it can attract water from lower layers up to the outermost layer of the skin hydrating it and leave skin looking plumper and healthier.

Sodium Hyaluronate

Working alongside glycerin to tackle dry skin is sodium hyaluronate. Sodium hyaluronate is a chain of repeating sugar units and it’s a hydrophilic molecule meaning its great at holding onto the water our skin needs to stay looking youthful and healthy. Unfortunately, the amount of hyaluronic acid in the skin decreases with age, causing moisture levels to drop too. By upping the water content of our skin, it is effectively plumped out and any fine lines become harder to see.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera to us) is widely known for its healing properties. It is thought that the mucilaginous gel of the aloe is made up of polysaccharides (smaller subunits of carbohydrates) and holds the secret for its medicinal properties. Studies have shown that Aloe Vera can act as a humectant, increasing water retention in the stratum corneum of the skin, leading to an improvement in the skins moisture. Inflammation is another factor that can damage our cells, leaving our skin looking older than its years, so we were pleased to see research showing that Aloe Vera can act as an anti-inflammatory too!

Arginine

Peptides and amino acids in skincare are pretty big right now, claiming to be able to do everything from boosting collagen to rejuvenating skin. Arginine is one of the essential amino acids in our diet and plays a vital role in cell division, wound healing and our immune functionality WHEN INGESTED. Unfortunately, there is little evidence to show that Arginine can have any of these effects when applied topically.

Acetyl Hexapeptide-8

Acetyl hexapeptide-8 is also known as Argireline, and is a peptide. The big claims surrounding this peptide in a lot of products is that it works by inhibiting the repetitive contraction of facial muscles to reduce wrinkles (this is why it’s often called “Botox in a jar”). When your brain and nerves send a signal to your facial muscles to smile or frown, this peptide supposedly will keep muscles relaxed and therefore skin tighter and smoother. However, we couldn’t find concrete studies to fully convince us of this, so we Geeks can’t give it our full support.

Our verdict

Cleansers can sometimes be harsh on the skin, designed to break down substances to clear them. This one contains many nourishing ingredients that are kind to the skin, and will leave it more hydrated and protected. Basic hydration aside, we love the little added extra’s (vitamin c, aloe vera, vitamin e) this product offers, setting it apart from all of the other run-of-the-mill cleansers! Backed by countless 5* reviews and some solid science behind its ingredients, we Geeks had to try it for ourselves…

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Solid Cleansing Oil INGREDIENTS:

Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, PEG-8 Isostearate, Polyethylene, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylgylcerin, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil.

Cleansing Cream INGREDIENTS:

Water/Aqua/Eau, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Dipropylene Glycol, Sorbitan Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 80, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, PEG-100 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-40 Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Arginine, Carbomer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Allantoin, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ascorbic Acid, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Maltodextrin, Butylene Glycol, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, sh-Decapeptide-7, sh-Octapeptide-4, sh-Oligopeptide-9. 50ml/1.69fl.oz