Blue SWOON: Sunday Riley Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm Review & Comparison to Banila Co. Clean It Zero

01 Sunday Riley Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm ReviewSunday Riley Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm made a splash as soon as it arrived. Its deep aqua color and ingredient-of-the-moment blue tansy made it eminently Instagrammable. At $50 for 3.4 oz./100 g, it’s a splurge to be sure.

The balm can be used as a first cleanser (to dissolve makeup and sunscreen) and as a hydrating mask.  It’s targeted towards dry and dehydrated skin and claims to leave skin “thoroughly clean, comfortable, hydrated, and glowing.”  Tall claims!

Along with blue tansy oil, it has vanilla, tangerine, sweet orange, and chamomile oil and moringa and cocoa butter.  It’s also fairly heavy on the waxes, with various waxes at the top of the ingredients list and beeswaxes in the middle.  The cocoa butter ranks a 4 out of 5 on CosDNA’s acne/comedogenicity scale.  I don’t normally mention CosDNA rankings, but I mention it here because Blue Moon may have made me break out.  More on that at the end of this post.

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Dropping Acid: Making Chemical Exfoliation Work for Me

01 Dropping Acid

Acids and I have a long turbulent history together.

Most recently, I flirted with Biologique Recherche’s P50 Lotion (see my beginner’s guide to buying P50), Sunday Riley Good Genes (40% lactic acid), and Pixi Glow Tonic (5% glycolic acid).

Before that, I had regular rendezvous with Neova Reveal Exfoliator gel (20% glycolic acid) and Peter Thomas Roth 10% glycolic acid toner (link to my review).

The appeal of uncovering new baby skin after sloughing off the top layer–with acne marks, sunspots, large pores, forehead lines, and slight textural imperfections–was undeniable.  And when you regularly follow Caroline Hirons–a big proponent of acid toners as a regular part of a routine–it’s hard not to feel as if you’re handicapping your skin’s full potential when you omit acids. It’s like writing blog posts instead of the brief that’s due tomorrow and still expecting to get that promotion.  ::quickly looks away::

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