Mad Hippie Cream Cleanser is an all-natural cleanser that effectively removes makeup and other impurities, leaving the skin feeling soft and looking bright. After testing this product on my combination skin, I think it is best for those with normal, dry, or combination skin types. This product may not be effective for those with oily & acne prone skin as it does not contain active ingredients to treat acne breakouts. For my full review on the Mad Hippie Cream Cleanser, keep reading below!
What is the Mad Hippie Cream Cleanser?
I’ve been really wanting to try the Mad Hippie Cream Cleanser because there are so many things that I love about this brand. I find the packaging to be very appealing and I love that the products all come in glass bottles with pump dispensers. I also appreciate that all of the Mad Hippie products are free of harmful chemicals and unnecessary additives.
The Mad Hippie Cream Cleanser is formulated to be mildly acidic in order to support the skin’s natural pH, which is typically about 5.5. This acidity of the skin is termed the “acid mantle” and is maintained by sebaceous glands, sweat glands, and normal skin flora. The acid mantle provides a film of amino/lactic acids and oils that effectively protect skin from environmental factors (bacteria, pollutants) that contribute to premature aging and irritation. It is important to regulate the pH of cosmetics and personal care products so as not to shift the skin’s normal pH too far from normal. If a product is too acidic, it may irritate the skin or cause a stinging sensation. If a product is too alkaline, like many facial cleansers are, the skin can be depleted of vital, natural lipids.
The Mad Hippie Cream Cleanser is also formulated with antioxidants and hydrating oils that leave the skin soft and smooth while gently washing away dirt & impurities.
Key Ingredients in the Mad Hippie Cream Cleanser
Organic Jojoba Oil
Jojoba oil is one of the best oils for skin because its chemical composition mimics the skin’s natural sebum more closely than any other oil. It is mostly comprised of long-chain fatty acid esters, but also contains small amounts of vitamins, minerals, triglycerides, phospholipids, and tocopherols. Upon topical application, jojoba oil forms a protective barrier that helps to keep skin hydrated and nourished.
Orchid extract comes from the purple orchid known as Orchis Mascula. It is rich in minerals, antioxidants, and moisturizing compounds. Orchid extract definitely provides some flower power to this Mad Hippie product!
Organic Macadamia Oil
Macadamia oil is a lightweight oil that is absorbed quickly by the skin without feeling greasy. The high content of oleic acid found in macadamia oil is very moisturizing, regenerating, and softening on the skin. The linoleic acid enables this ingredient to nourish and hydrate the skin by replenishing the skin’s barrier. A strong, intact skin barrier helps to prevent water loss and keeps harmful environmental irritants out of the skin. The result is smooth, moisturized, healthy skin.
Sodium hyaluronate is the water-soluble sodium salt form of hyaluronic acid, a glycosaminoglycan that is capable of holding up to 1,000 times its weight in water! Sodium hyaluronate has been shown to have better skin penetrating capabilities than hyaluronic acid. Once absorbed by the skin, sodium hyaluronate helps the skin to absorb and hold moisture, leading to more hydrated skin.
Sesame seed oil is composed of several beneficial fatty acids, including linoleic acid and oleic acid. These fatty acids replenish the skin’s lipid barrier, which prevents water loss and keeps harmful environmental irritants out of the skin. Sesame oil is also rich in several potent antioxidants, including vitamin E and vitamin A. These antioxidants help to even skin tone and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Green tea extract comes from the steaming and drying of the Camellia sinensis leaves. One of the most important components in green tea extract is the polyphenol epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). When applied to the skin, EGCG has been shown to provide significant preventive effects against photocarcinogenesis and phototoxicity in mouse studies. Furthermore, a 2001 study in the journal Carcinogenesis found that topical application of EGCG to human skin resulted in decreased oxidative stress and an increase in antioxidant enzymes after UV irradiation. Overall, green tea extract is an excellent ingredient to provide preventative anti-aging benefits in skin care products.
Sodium PCA is the salt form of pyrrolidone carboxylic acid, which is derived from amino acids. Within the stratum corneum, PCA along with small compounds including sugars and electrolytes, form the natural moisturizing factor (NMF). Together with the naturally-occurring lipids in skin, NMF components work to keep skin’s surface intact, supple, and hydrated. Topical application of sodium PCA works to effectively hydrate the skin by absorbing and binding moisture to the skin.
Shea butter is a fat extracted from the nuts of the shea tree, which is native to Africa. Shea butter has been used for centuries for its excellent moisturizing and soothing properties. Since shea butter melts at body temperature, it is able to coat the skin and form an occlusive film. This film helps to prevent evaporation of the skin’s natural moisture and increases skin hydration by causing buildup of water in the stratum corneum. Shea butter is also a rich source of the powerful antioxidants vitamin A & E, fatty acids, and cinnamic acid.
Overall, I really like the Mad Hippie Cream Cleanser. One of my favorite aspects of this cleanser is that it effectively removes makeup, even mascara and eyeliner. After using this cleanser, my face feels very soft and smooth. The only drawback of the Mad Hippie Cream Cleanser is that I don’t think it removes excess oil from the skin, which could be problematic for those with oily & acne prone skin. Since I have combination skin, I alternate using the Mad Hippie Cream Cleanser with the Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser to ensure my pores are cleared of all excess oil, dead skin cells, and other impurities.
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