Curiosity Gap Review: Dafna’s Skincare Purify Cleanser

Cleansing your face is akin to a spring renewal, the only difference being that spring arrives only once a year and you get to clean your skin twice a day, making it fertile ground for the actives in your moisturisers, serums, balms or serums. Dafna Shaham, founder of Dafna’s Personal Skincare, considers cleansing a very important element in daily skincare routine and her latest launch, Dafna’s ‘Purify Cleanser’ was developed in order to give you an enriched experience, irrespective of age or skin type.

‘Purify Cleanser’ is a second cleanser for the brand, joining ‘Recovery Cleanser’ ( which is oil-based and works best during the colder months of the year due to its luxuriously indulgent texture ). The new addition offers a particularly sensorial experience with a deeply pleasing & light texture, which when it comes in contact with the skin, gives you a feeling akin to rapture, engaging all of your senses. ‘Purify’ is a lighter cleanser than ‘Recovery’ and Dafna carefully considered the need for the skin to be cleansed twice a day, more thoroughly in the evening and with a lighter touch in the morning, while developing her latest product launch. The combination of the two cleansers will allow you to have a richer experience, giving the skin what it needs depending on the season, as well as time of cleansing the skin. Being able to reach people with different skin needs was another important consideration for her as the founder of the brand that places customers needs at the centre of the creative process.

Radiant Skin. Combat Skin Oxidation. Feel Fresh. 

In a way this cleanser is a unique product because it works equally well for mixed skin, as well as drier or more mature skin types. Part of this product’s DNA is that the combination of ingredients is very respectful to the skin’s balance, but their synergy also addresses the negative side of photo-ageing & daily oxidative processes, both becoming more noticeable, hence critical, as we age. With regular use of this cleanser you can expect to see reduction in the obvious signs of ageing. It’s not a magic tool in your skin’s arsenal, but it will help deliver a nicer, more even, brighter look of the skin, with the improvement of the glow that many try to artificially create with the help of make-up. It’s also a good reminder that skin has a naturally healthy glow which starts from within and no make-up product is able to truly replicate that. Giving your skin a proper chance to heal, renew and rejuvenate can actually lead you to use less make-up and not mask it by layering multiple make-up products on top. It’s one thing to try to mask the problem, quite another to use your make-up to enhance your looks and who you are.

Happy Skin Will Always Look Good

Indulgently formulated with eight antioxidants & natural oils known for their renewing properties, as well as nutrients like Pomegranate Extract & Geranium Essential Oil, Purify Cleanser also contains MelaCare combination Oil that gently cleanse the skin, remove impurities, unclog the pores, fight daily free-radical damage and the appearance of spots & pigmentation. Another bonus of this cleanser is that it can help reduce the appearance and signs of hormonal acne.

Ingredients Intel:

  • MelaCare Oil (Eramanthus Erythropappus Branch/Leaf Oil, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil): helps to brighten and balance the skin. Fights photo-ageing symptoms. Helps control melanin production by blocking its synthesis, so in time skin will become naturally brighter, more even and with the visibly decreased signs of pigmentation.
  • Pomegranate Extract: considered to be a ‘super fruit’ in Ayurveda. Known as a powerful anti-ageing active ingredient thanks to high Vitamin C content. It also gives the cleanser its rich, pinky-red creamy colour, the likes of which I haven’t seen before in natural cleansers. Interestingly enough, this was the first extract that Dafna started formulating with in her 20s. As Dafna was born & raised in Israel, where pomegranates are part of the wonderful symbolisms of the Jewish New Year (a year rich in pomegranates promises to be fruitfully prosperous), she knew that apart from being both beautiful & delicious, it is also one of the best ingredients for the skin due to its hight Vitamin C content. Not surprisingly, Dafna loves this oil as much now, as she did when she first started formulating!
  • Olive Oil: Nurtures the skin, helping keep it smooth, soft & healthy looking.
  • Essential Oils: Geranium is used to help maintain harmonious equivalence & reduce the appearance of spots associated with monthly hormonal fluctuations. Sweet Orange was chosen for its fresh & aromatic scent, as well as skin regenerating properties.

This cleanser showcases Dafna’s personal favourite combination (MelaCare + Pomegranate Extract) for controlling skin’s photo-ageing process

Application: Depending on your skin type, you can apply the cleanser to either wet or dry face & neck. Massage the gel-lotion all over & rinse well with water. If you want a more ‘thorough’ clean, add water while massaging the cleanser onto dry skin.

Personally, I prefer using this cleanser in the morning, as it gives the face a fresh feeling & wakes up the senses, without the dryness or the need for instant application of further skin product straight away. I do like to follow it up with Dafna’s ‘Active Mist’ (it has an aroma similar to ‘Purify Cleanser’, making them a perfect ‘match’), brush my teeth and then apply my usual serum or moisturiser. If you like to double cleanse in the evening, you can use ‘Recovery Cleanser’, followed by ‘Purify Cleanser’, then Dafna’s ‘Active Mist’ and your usual serum, oil, balm or moisturiser..

What particularly endears Dafna’s products to me (in addition to my skin responding beautifully to the formulations efficacy particularly suited for the city dwellers and the uplifting scent journey they take me on) is the combination of creative thoughtfulness & traditions that Dafna seems to combine when crafting each of the products that she launches into the world. Being able to ask her questions while testing the products and learning from a talented, knowledgable & generous friend is something that I thoroughly appreciate and delight in, because it makes me understand better not only the products, but the process of labours that goes into creating skincare that is skin deep. Let’s see whether this uplifting orchestra of ingredients will make you break into singing ‘Happy’ in the morning .)

Dafna’s Personal Skincare ‘Purify Cleanser’, 100ml, £36

0% parabens, mineral loils, silicones, synthetic or essential oil derived fragrance, sulphates, vaseline, GMos, PEGs, TEA, DEA.

100% pure & bio-essential oils. Clean Biotechnology. Biocert certified. vegan. Ayurvedic Ingredients. Tested under medical control

For more information about Dafna’s Skincare please click here The brand is now also directly available in Russia, something that is quite impressive, as natural, Ayurvedic or organic skincare isn’t yet as widely available or as popular there, as it is in the West. The change in the right direction takes time & effort, but its definitely gathering momentum, which is very satisfying to see.

P.s I was gifted this cleanser, but that didn’t affect my judgement nor editorial decision to review this particular product in terms of making it more or less favourable. My posts aren’t sponsored or affiliated with brands.

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