Is Tropic Skincare's Clear Skies Cleansing Powder Worth Buying?

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When I saw that Tropic were releasing a new cleanser, specifically for combination, oily and blemish-prone skin, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it and give it a try! I already know that Tropic's skin clearing products work a treat on my skin, I
love the Pure Lagoon Blemish Prevention Serum* and I also think the Clear Skin Blemish Fighting Mask* is great at calming down angry spots and also getting under the skin spots to come out. I was very kindly sent a lovely unexpected PR package at the beginning of the lockdown full of Tropic products, some of which I've tried before and some of which I hadn't. But I was really excited to see the new Clear Skies Cleansing Powder* inside the package as I was planning on buying it once I'd be paid anyway.

Clear Skies is priced at £18 (60g) and they offer refill pouches for £17. It can only be used to cleanse your skin as a first cleanse (if you're wearing no makeup) or as a second cleanse as it's not suitable to use as a makeup remover. I think the price is good and with it being a water-activated product it means a little goes a long way as you only need half a teaspoon's worth per use. I also really like the smell of the cleanser, sometimes with natural products, they don't smell too great but this to me smells kind of like coconut and cake mixed together, which I know sounds like a weird combo but it does smell lovely.

The Plant Enzymes present help to cleanse away excess oil, dirt and dead skin cells, the Blue Spirulina detoxifies and helps to clear and refine the appearance of pores and Hyaluronic Acid ensures that minimal moisture is lost during the cleansing process.

After using the product for a number weeks I can safely say that works well at clearing up your skin if you use it consistently, it brightens your skin straight after use and I also think it's helped to reduce my blocked pores on and around my nose a little too which is obviously fab! It doesn't leave your skin feeling super stripped or dry which I was worried about with it being a cleansing powder but it does contain hyaluronic acid so that's probably why your skin feels well cleansed but not stripped of its moisture levels. It's also been made to work alongside their other skin-clearing products such as the Pure Lagoon Blemish Prevention Serum* that I mentioned earlier in the post. 

I do think it's a bit messy and a bit of a faff so it's probably not a cleanser you're going to reach for if you're someone who's rushing out of the door in the morning, however, I do think it's quite fun to mix up if you have the time and you like to put a little effort into your skincare routine if that makes sense. I've personally been using it mostly either at night or when my skin is playing up. 

However, something that I feel really lets the product down for me is the packaging. Don't get me wrong, it looks really nice and well presented on my skincare shelf but the flip-up lid is a problem because the excess powder (that you can't avoid coming out) gets stuck in where the lid shuts after every use, so you have to clean it after every use whilst trying to avoid getting any water inside the actual bottle and potentially ruining to cleanser and it's just a bit annoying. I feel like a screw-top lid would've worked better (similar to the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant).

Overall I do like the cleanser and I do think it works well with my skin and I think it's good how it works alongside their other skin-clearing products but the packaging lets it down. I would it buy it again (as a refill) but I'd probably try and put it in a different bottle so it's easier to use on a daily basis. 

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