I had two glorious experiences four years ago that I’m enjoying to this day: I moved from Manhattan to an 1899 house in Brooklyn, and I started using a facial skin cleanser that I discovered in Italy!
Negotiations for buying the house took place while I was in Rome for meetings with a company that makes the absolute best feminine hygiene wash in the universe. But that’s a story for another time. I had run out of my facial cleanser during the trip, and a woman at the company kindly gave me a tube of Collagenil Detergente Restitutivo gentle cleansing cream, which it also manufactures.
I’ve been using this exceptional cleanser ever since, so I didn’t hesitate when the brand recently asked if I’d let more American women know about it on FabOverFifty.com. As editor of a trusted website, I’m often invited to try out beauty products for everything from my head to my toes. Detergente Restitutivo stands out.
I haven’t used soap on my face – or body – for decades, since my mother told me it would dry out my skin. I didn’t always listen to her advice, but since her skin was beautiful, I followed her lead. Conventional soaps weaken and remove the skin’s protective barrier – composed of sweat, sebum (an oily waxy substance) and water – which coats and defends the skin against bacteria and helps keep it supple, soft and hydrated.
What’s more, our skin becomes thinner and loses elasticity as we age, so it’s less able to retain moisture and guard against aggressive substances in the environment. The combination of soap and age is simply not good for our skin health, especially after menopause!
The Detergente Difference
Collagenil Detergente Restitutivo is created with natural oils, including jojoba and sweet almond oils, that are similar to our skin’s sebum and produce a soothing and softening effect. I love the cream’s velvety texture and delightful fragrance – I detect the aroma of roses – and how it glides over my skin. Unlike aggressive soap or foaming facial cleansers, which have the same cleansing properties as dishwasher soap, creamy and gentle Detergente Restitutivo preserves my skin’s protective barrier while it performs its cleansing magic.
I apply the product on my dry skin morning and evening, massage it gently and then rinse it with water. My skin is left feeling nourished and refreshed, never the slightest bit dry. It’s also wonderful as a makeup remover, even for waterproof makeup.
Detergente Restitutivo can be safely used on any skin type, including sensitive, delicate or reddened skin. I discovered this marvelous cleanser four years ago, but Italian women have been using it for over three decades.
“It nourishes the skin and leaves it smooth and radiant. I have been using it for years and it is worth every penny, also because a little product is enough and the tube lasts a long time,” Claudia commented on Amazon.
Collagenil also created Soft-Scrub Detergente, a delicate cleansing cream with vegetable-based microspheres that roll on the skin to gently exfoliate and remove dead cells and impurities without scratching or irritating the skin. Ingredients include sweet almond and jojoba oils to nourish, soften and moisturize, as well as aloe to soothe and refresh.
I haven’t tried Soft-Scrub Detergente yet, but I think it will be a great complement to its sister cleanser, when I want to treat my skin to the benefits of exfoliation.