Frequently Asked Questions

Is PURIFY drying? How does it compare to oil cleansing?

Our polyglucose lactylate cleansing agent is non-stripping and non-drying. In fact this ingredient leaves molecules on the skin that draw moisture from the atmosphere. PURIFY is rich in ceramides to support the skin’s lipid barrier, locking in moisture and protecting the skin from irritation and environmental damage. Even as PURIFY works to cleanse the skin and regulate oil production, it fortifies the skin’s lipid barrier creating an effect that is both immediate and cumulative. PURIFY is safe for the eye area and easily removes most makeup but oil cleansing with SMOOTH balm does feel wonderful if you like a double cleanse. While oil cleansing is wonderful at dissolving oil and helping to remove large debris, PURIFY has the added benefit of three types of mineral-rich clay and dead sea salt, hydrating olive leaf and glycerin, brightening potato starch and other skin supportive ingredients. 

Is PURIFY a good cleanser for mature skin?

Yes, PURIFY contains ingredients known to improve circulation, tone facial tissue neutralize free radicals, preserve the skin’s lipid barrier and microbiome, and of which are fundamental to keeping skin looking and feeling youthful.

Is PURIFY a good cleanser for acne prone skin?

PURIFY was developed in 2015 to treat and prevent the founder’s sister’s hormonal acne and surgeon-father’s mask-related whiteheads. It has since helped countless individuals clear their skin of acne, whiteheads and blackheads. Read our reviews below to hear some of these testimonials. 

Can you use PURIFY morning and night?

If you like to wash your face morning and night, you may use PURIFY twice daily. If your sleeping environment is clean and you aren’t waking up with greasy skin, you may however find that switching to only once a day cleansing in the evening is all your skin needs.

How many days a week should you mask with PURIFY?

Depending on your skin type 1-2 days should be sufficient. If you are trying to clear acne, you can leave PURIFY on nightly as a mask for a few minutes before adding water to lather and rinse. If you are using PURIFY to maintain clear skin, once a week for 10-15 minutes is recommended

Should you apply PURIFY on wet or dry skin?

PURIFY can be used on both wet and dry skin. We recommend applying it with wet hands to a dry face. Massage in the product to allow it to be experienced at full concentration. Then using your wet hands or the wet sea sponge included, start to lather the product and rinse off. For cleansing we recommend a dime-sized amount. A little goes a long way but use as much as you like - sometimes it’s nice to apply it thick as a mask, even if you only have a few minutes to let it sit. 

How much PURIFY should I use? 

For daily cleansing, a dime sized dollop should do the trick. We recommend applying it with wet hands on to a dry face. Massage in the product to allow it to be experienced at full concentration. If you are using it as a face mask you may enjoy a thicker application applied to dry skin with dry hands.

Can PURIFY be used with tretinoin or retinol? 

Indeed. There are no contraindications. PURIFY should not dry or strip skin. If your skin feels dry from heavy retinol use, we recommend applying REFRESH and/or RENEW for increased hydration. Or swap out your retinol for RENEW.

Because it contains clay, is PURIFY stripping to the skin? 

Clays, bentonite in particular can be very effective at absorbing oil and impurities. In excess clay can dry out the skin. We use a very minimal amount of bentonite and rely more on soothing white and green kaolin, which are both appropriate for dry and sensitive skin. French green clay has the added benefit of a millennia of decayed plant matter, adding another level of skin nutriment.

Where is PURIFY in the order of products?

Skincare starts with clean skin and PURIFY is the first step in facial care. LINNÉ products are marked with Roman Numerals as a nod to our namesake, the botanist Carl Von LINNÉ who laid the foundations for the taxonomical classification system. We borrowed this system to create our easy step protocol. All cleansers are Step I.