The Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay comes in a simple squeeze tube with a twist off cap. The product name and a couple of claims are printed on the front of the tube; directions and ingredient list are available on the back. There's not much to say about this cleanser's packaging, its adequate but nothing out of the ordinary - though I do think the snappy red color really brightens up my sink top. Unfortunately, packaging doesn't seem to be recyclable.
First Aid Beauty's Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay is a thin red gel that works into a light, easily rinsed lather. This cleanser's consistency is pretty versatile, it be used with any cleansing tool, or just your hands, depending on your preference. Me? I use it with a konjac sponge. First Aid Beauty makes some big claims that just aren't true - no cleanser will "instantly" make your pores appear smaller - but that doesn't mean the Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser is an entirely disappointing product. This clay infused facial cleanser washes away excess oil without stripping or drying the skin. The Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser is also capable of removing light makeup, but it wouldn't be my first choice as a makeup remover - I always recommend pre cleansing with a micellar water or cleansing oil before moving on to a cleanser. While I don't have anything truly negative to say about the Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser's performance, after three weeks of use, I haven't really seen any impact on my skin. I still have some acne, and I still get a little greasy. I'm in the same place I were before I started using First Aid Beauty's Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser.
Much like the packaging, this cleanser's formula is fairly uninteresting. The Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser has a base of water, glycerin, and surfactants, augmented with a few skin spoiling ingredients like brightening licorice extract, green tea extract, allantoin, and the soothing feverfew extract. While all of those ingredients are quite nice, they won't really benefit the skin, due to the short time they actually spend on it's surface before this cleanser is washed away. What I find truly interesting about the Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay's formula is how little clay it really contains! The clay in question, illite (a type of potassium rich bentonite clay) is near the end of the ingredient list, so it's likely ineffective as well. This alcohol and fragrance free cleanser turns out to be kinda underwhelming when you really look at it. Despite the exclusion of fragrance, this cleanser does have a slightly herbal scent to it.
I really want to love First Aid Beauty, but their formulas are are quite basic and uninspiring. FAB overstates their product's benefits and the ingredients they boast about are included in a minimal quantity, making their products overpriced in my opinion. The Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser isn't bad, it would be a decent choice for combo, acne prone skin, but drier skins would want to avoid this cleanser. If something about this product appeals to you, there's no reason not to pick it up, but if you want a cleanser with actual clay benefits, I suggest spending a couple more bucks on Borghese' Fango Purificante Clay Cleanser instead.
Water, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Acrylates/Steareth-20 Methacrylate Copolymer, Dipropylene Glycol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Glycyrrhiza Uralensis (Licorice) Root Extract, Bisabolol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Allantoin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Panthenol, Illite, Potassium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Mica, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Iron Oxides (CI 77491).