A Simple Review: Refreshing Facial Wash Gel

by Bionic Beauty on 12.Dec.2009 · 4 comments

The Bionic Beauty blog reviews Simple Skincare's Refreshing Facial Wash gel
Simple Skincare has been very popular for years in the UK, and now the line gradually making its way to the United States. Their new “Kind to Skin” collection is aimed at getting skincare “back to the basics” with gentle products that are perfume/dye free. The full line includes six items, but I’ll be reviewing the Kind to Skin Refreshing Facial Wash Gel.

This face wash is 100% soap free and contains Vitamin B5 to retain skin’s moisture. When I used the wash, my skin felt very clean and soft, but not moisturized. But since it’s just a face wash, you’ll be following it up with your regular face lotion anyhow. The ingredients are minimal, none are animal derived, and even though there are some big chemically-type names listed, they are mostly naturally derived as well.

The product is marketed as “pH balanced” however, the actual pH number is not listed. If you’ve read my other reviews on Bionic Beauty then you’ll remember how much controversy there is among skincare brands and what “pH balanced” truly means. So in summary, I do wonder if this face wash is pH “balanced at a neutral 7.0” or at 4.5-5.5 which is ideal for facial skin.

I think this product works fine as a face wash, and it’s very affordable! Personally, I recommend that you follow up immediately with your preferred face lotion/oil/moisturizer.

The Refreshing Facial Wash sells for $7.99 for a 5 ounce bottle. UK and Australian ladies can find Simple at your local drugstores or supermarkets. In the USA, you can order them from Duane Reade drugstore.

Facial Wash Gel ingredients: Aqua, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Sodium Chloride, Panthenol, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Sodium Hydroxide

Stay tuned because in a few days, I’ll be reviewing Simple’s Kind to Eyes makeup remover!

FTC Disclosure: This item was sent to me free of charge in return for an honest review. The opinion in this article is based on my personal experience and was not influenced by any source. I was not compensated for this article. Feel free to read my disclosure policy for more information.


1 Rachel December 13, 2009 at 5:30 pm

You should get some PH strips to test different face products. I get this brand http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000VRU4US/ref=oss_T15_product and find them useful to have around the house. It tests for PH from 4.5 to 9.0 and the price isn’t bad either.

2 Bionic Beauty December 14, 2009 at 6:41 pm

Hi Rachel, That’s an excellent idea! I’ll be sure to pass it along to Bronnie. I have those pH test strips at my house. I buy them at the pet store and typically use them for testing my aquarium water. 🙂


3 Aira @ Sugar StripEase December 27, 2009 at 4:35 am

Hey Bionic Beauty,

I enjoyed reading the review. But I would like to ask whether you can recommend a product for oily but unmoisturized skin. You see, my skin is rough and coarse but then it is oily on the surface. I do not moisturize because my face tends to get too oily.



4 Bionic Beauty January 8, 2010 at 4:35 pm

Hi Aira, First I’d like to welcome you to Bionic Beauty! Now, onto your questions- As for a moisturizer, I would recommend my article on “Acne Tips”. It’s geared for teens, however, the first part about oils and how they work on your face should really help explain how adding a GOOD (not just any oil) to your skin will actually decrease your oiliness in the long run: http://bionic-beauty.com/acne-tips-for-teens/

Then, here’s my article on 15 uses for Jojoba Oil: http://bionic-beauty.com/15-beautiful-uses-jojoba-oil/

But… if you aren’t ready to jump on the Jojoba Oil bandwagon yet, I would suggest either Lexli Skincare (here’s my review: http://bionic-beauty.com/product-review-lexli-skin-care/ )
or YBF Skincare’s Defend or Restore products: http://bionic-beauty.com/spin-traps-ybf-skincare/ . Both of those brands are in my personal daily arsenal and I back them whole-heartedly. 🙂

Let me know if you have any other questions. I’m here to help! I hope to see you around the Bionic Beauty blog in the future!
All the best,
Jami (aka “Bionic Beauty”)

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