All New Review: Life Brand Gentle Face Cleanser

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Pharrell Williams is everywhere. Everybody loves his music. He is a huge style setter. And, aside from the incident with him wearing a faux-American Indian head dress on the cover of Elle UK, it seems like he cannot make a bad move.

But before that brouhaha happened, I read that the 41-year-old Williams attributed his ageless appearance to using Cetaphil to wash up with everyday. Since I was out of cleanser, I figured I’d give it a try — excpet that I bought the Life Brand version of the mix of water, cetyl alcohol, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate, stearyl alcohol, methylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben

What’s good about it is that it’s formulated for sensitive, dry and-or acne-prone skin as an alternative to harsh soaps. It’s also made for the skin of folks of all ages.What’s not so good about is that while it only contains eight ingredients, three of them are the preservatives known as parabens. There’s been some discussion of whether parabens have carcinogenic properties. The industrial beauty complex says they’re safe. Public interest groups say they are not.

Still, I decided to go ahead and give it a spin. So far I like it a lot. It cleanses without leaving my skin feeling tight. The weird dry patches that form around my laugh lines have not reappeared lately and superficially, I’ve been less oil slick shiny and my pores seem a little more refined. On the weekend, my colleague Jessica remarked that my skin was looking lovely. I did have one zit, but it was short-lived.

So after two weeks, I’d say the results were promising.