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Mama Mio Clean Slate

| Sunday, May 19, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
MAMA MIO
Mama Mio Clean Slate

The claim: This aloe-based, sulphate-free cleansing gel cleans deeply and effectively without leaving skin feeling tight. It gently removes makeup and impurities without over-drying or unbalancing skin. It cleanses with benefits: firming, balancing and moisturising. And it's speedy, too — it super-cleans the entire face, neck and eye makeup in one quick step.

Cost: $32

Where: www.mamamio.com

A face wash with no soap that promises a deep cleanse? I was more than a little bit skeptical.

I was intrigued, however, by the “no nasties” pledge on the Mama Mio Clean Slate face wash, which means it contains all of the good stuff — ecocertified coconut cleansers, essential oils and aloe vera leaf juice — but not the harsh chemicals that can dry out, unbalance or irritate your face.

The scent was fresh, earthy and pleasant but not overwhelming.

For me, the best aspect of Clean Slate was the instructions for two facial exercises that accompanied it. The stretches are touted to wake up the face and release tension. It really works. (Try doing The Lioness and The Scream in the mirror. Trust me, you'll laugh at yourself. Or scare yourself. I did a little bit of both.) I admit that it'll take a lot for me to abandon the face-care ritual that I've had since a visit to the cosmetic counter at Kaufmann's when I was a teenager. If you're looking for a Clean Slate, though, this would be a fine place to start.

— Jill Leonard

I really like the ingredients in Clean Slate. We hear all about anti-aging ingredients, but I don't think I've seen a facial cleanser that touts proteins, omegas and prebiotics and probiotics.

These usually are ingredients we ingest, not use topically. This thin gel-like cleanser makes my face feel smooth, soft and clean. I do think, however, that it would work best on people with normal-to-dry facial skin, since the cleanser has four essential oils and a bit of an oily feel. People with oily skin like me probably do better with an oil-free, deep cleaner like Neutrogena.

— Kellie Gormly

Clean Slate is a great cleanser to wash off the makeup, dust and grease that accumulate throughout the day. Usually, after I wash my face with other cleansers, I need to use a cotton pad and eye makeup remover to target the remaining dregs of mascara under my eyes. Not so with Clean Slate, which manages to work its magic in a single wash. A good lathering of this high-protein cleanser leaves my skin firm and softly moisturized.

The second part of the package is a handy little booklet — “The Clean Slate of Confidence” — that explains a lot of the science behind skin care. But my favorite part is the step-by-step instructions for a facial fitness workout. It might feel silly, but it really does relax tension and eases the frowny lines between my eyes.

Clean Slate is a welcome addition to the popular Mama Mio product line.

— Sally Quinn

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