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A Starface Review: Space Wash

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The Brand

Starface is changing the conventions around how we see acne — by covering it up and making it fun! They’ve been making waves in the beauty scene with star-shaped patches that you put on top of your pimples, and are designed to both stop you from picking them and to draw out the oils. They’re quite subversive as a concept, because everyone knows that there’s a pimple under there and there’s no real attempt to shove acne under the rug; wearing them toys with the idea that people see acne as an imperfection. The result of having a face covered in stars is just pure fun, and you also get THE most Instagram-able look without even slapping on a filter. Will I ever have the confidence to actually wear these stars out in public, instead of just in Snapchats? Time will tell, but I’m sure some of you readers have that inner confidence. I should also quickly mention that this article doesn’t contain any product that was sent to me, I purchased them myself, just like you would!

Space Wash

While the stars fascinate me, the product that I was most impressed by and will definitely purchase again was their facial cleanser, which they’ve called “Space Wash.” If the delightful branding wasn’t enough to pull you in, it’s also vegan, cruelty-free, and non-comedogenic. There is so much right about this cleanser, which starts out as a clear medium-thick gel and turns into a luscious foam as you’re washing. The ingredient list is incredibly short (no, it doesn’t contain sodium laureth sulfate!), and it’s full of natural extracts like white willow bark, holy basil leaf and calendula flower. The best part? There’s no fragrance added! Too often I lather a new cleanser on my face, only to realize it smells like chemicals and cheap perfume. This one has a faintly leafy scent when you smell it from the bottle, but it’s not something noticeable at all during or after washing.

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Starface Space Wash, $22, starface.world

My Skin and Results

So my skin is pretty oily in general, except that I have rosacea on my cheeks, which makes them red and quite dry. My fear with a lot of cleansers is that it’ll either cause an acne breakout on my forehead that I can’t control, or dry out my cheeks even more. That wasn’t the case with this one; I could tell after a few washes that my forehead was much less oily, and the redness in my cheeks evened out (I’m wondering if that’s from the safe leaf and calendula, which I’ve read can reduce irritation?). I will say that I did notice my skin drying out a little after a few days of using this wash, despite soothing the redness, but that was easily fixed by using a little bit more moisturizer than normal. Now my skin is soft and glowing, and so much less red than before (more expensive cleansers couldn’t even help me with this!)

Should You Try It?

If you have oilier skin that’s prone to acne like me, you should go for it! I could see how this wash might be a little bit harsh for those with extremely dry skin, but for me it worked like a charm. Because of the lack of harmful ingredients, this product is also definitely suitable for those with sensitive skin. I also really recommend trying the star patches if you’re uncomfortable with your acne. They give you a feeling of fun that everyone should experience at least once in their life — and if you’re used to thinking that pimples are imperfections, they’ll help you challenge that idea.

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