We’ve all heard of superfoods: nutrient-rich foods with numerous health benefits. Usually superfoods are thought of as just that–food. But why stop there? Many foods that are touted as “superfoods” are also quite beneficial to the skin, even when applied topically. Acure Ultra Hydrating Green Juice Cleanser is a great product to incorporate into even the most basic skincare routine to nourish and hydrate thirsty skin with superfoods.
Some of the most popular superfoods are dark leafy greens, berries, and mushrooms. All of those and more can be found in Acure Ultra Hydrating Green Juice Cleanser. Keep reading to learn more about this product’s ingredients and performance!
Acure Ultra Hydrating Green Juice Cleanser product claims directly from Acure.com
Supergreens smoothie for your face? Yes please. This purifying greens creamy smoothie-to-foam cleanser utilizes adaptogenic ashwagandha, holy basil, reishi, turmeric and a supergreens blend of kale, spinach, neem, and spirulina to deep clean and refresh.
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Other product details
- Price: $12.99
- Net weight: 4 oz. | 118 ml
- Made in the USA
- Shelf life: 6 months
- Recyclable packaging
- Free of parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, petrolatum, and formaldehyde
- Where to buy: Amazon.com
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- Overall rating: 8.8/10
- Packaging: 9/10
- Cleansing: 8/10
- Texture/ease of application: 10/10
- Ingredients: 7/10
- Price: 10/10
Please note that I am not a skincare professional. I am simply an individual that enjoys learning about and using skincare products. Speak to your dermatologist or esthetician if you have any concerns.
Acure Ultra Hydrating Green Juice Cleanser is packaged in a plastic squeeze bottle. The cap flips open and there’s something about it that I really like. It’s hard to explain, but this cap flips open and easily stays open until you want it closed. Then, it snaps closed very securely. It’s very easy to dispense just the right amount of product.
I’m happy with this packaging, but I’d like it even better if it was a pump instead of a squeeze bottle. That’s only because a pump is the most fuss-free type of packaging (for a face wash), especially in the shower when hands are wet (and sometimes soapy).
This product’s packaging is made partially with recycled materials, which is great! Additionally, the bottle is recyclable. Acure actually has a free recycling program with Terracycle! I appreciate that Acure is taking steps like this to be more environmentally friendly.
Acure doesn’t make any big claims about the cleansing ability of its Ultra Hydrating Green Juice Cleanser. The product description simply states that it will deep clean and refresh. I agree with that! My skin does feel very clean and fresh after I’ve washed my face with this cleanser. It’s perfect for removing oil, sweat, and sunscreen.
This face wash isn’t the most effective product for removing makeup. It does get most of it off, but it leaves behind some stubborn eye makeup. This product is ideal for a morning cleanse or as the second step of a double cleanse with a cleansing balm or oil.
Texture/ease of application
This cleanser has a very creamy texture and comes out of the bottle looking pearly white. It always leaves my skin feeling hydrated and soft. Also, it foams up to make it easier to smooth all over the face and cleanse more thoroughly, but it doesn’t create the sort of lather that you find with some other products, like body washes.
This product is completely smooth and non-abrasive, but it can be irritating around the eye area. I only find this to be a problem when I actually use this cleanser to remove eye makeup. If I use my Derma E Universal Cleansing Balm or baby shampoo to remove eye makeup before washing my face, I don’t experience any eye irritation.
I couldn’t wait to dig into the ingredient list for Acure Ultra Hydrating Green Juice Cleanser! I could tell by the product’s name that it would be quite interesting, and I was not disappointed! Here is the full list of all 40 (that’s right, FORTY) ingredients:
WATER, SODIUM COCOYL ISETHIONATE, GLYCERYL STEARATE SE, HYDROXYPROPYL STARCH PHOSPHATE, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER, DECYL GLUCOSIDE, GLYCERIN, GLYCERYL OLEATE, WITHANIA SOMNIFERA (ASHWAGANDHA) ROOT EXTRACT, OCIMUM SANCTUM LEAF EXTRACT, GANODERMA LUCIDUM EXTRACT, CURCUMA LONGA (TURMERIC) ROOT EXTRACT, CORDYCEPS SINENSIS EXTRACT, BRASSICA OLERACEA ACEPHALA (KALE) EXTRACT, SPINACIA OLERACEA (SPINACH) LEAF EXTRACT, MELIA AZADIRACHTA (NEEM) FLOWER EXTRACT, MELIA AZADIRACHTA (NEEM) LEAF EXTRACT, ARTHROSPIRA PLATENSIS (SPIRULINA) EXTRACT, RUBUS FRUTICOSUS (BLACKBERRY) FRUIT EXTRACT*, CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER EXTRACT*, EUTERPE OLERACEA (ACAI) FRUIT EXTRACT*, ROSA CANINA (ROSE HIP) FRUIT EXTRACT*, CALENDULA OFFICINALIS (CALENDULA) FLOWER EXTRACT*, ASPALATHUS LINEARIS (ROOIBOS) LEAF EXTRACT*, PUNICA GRANATUM (POMEGRANATE) EXTRACT*, CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) FLOWER OIL, CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) PEEL OIL, CITRUS NOBILIS (MANDARIN ORANGE) PEEL OIL, JASMINUM OFFICINALE (JASMINE) OIL, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, ANIBA ROSODORA (ROSEWOOD) WOOD OIL, PELARGONIUM GRAVEOLENS (ROSE GERANIUM) FLOWER OIL, JOJOBA ESTERS, HYDROLYZED JOJOBA ESTERS, SCLEROTIUM GUM, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, DISODIUM COCO-GLUCOSIDE CITRATE, SODIUM LAUROYL LACTYLATE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, PHENETHYL ALCOHOL
*certified organic ingredient
Like most ingredient lists, this one includes what I consider to be good, bad, and neutral ingredients. There are a couple of unique things I notice when looking at the list in this broad sense. Twenty-one ingredients, just over half the list, are “good” which is more than most formulas. Usually the “good” ingredients make up about a third of the list. There are also five “bad” ingredients which is more than I’m used to seeing in most skincare products.
I’m going to dive right into the “good” ingredients. I know there are a lot, but I try to keep ingredient descriptions brief, so stay with me (please note that my primary resources for ingredient information are INCI Decoder and Paula’s Choice Ingredient Dictionary)!:
- BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER
- Emollient moisturizer
- Natural moisturizer
- WITHANIA SOMNIFERA (ASHWAGANDHA) ROOT EXTRACT
- Calms skin
- Powerful antioxidant
- OCIMUM SANCTUM (HOLY BASIL) LEAF EXTRACT
- Hydrates and softens skin
- GANODERMA LUCIDUM (REISHI MUSHROOM) EXTRACT
- May reduce discoloration
- Calms skin
- Contains vitamins, minerals, and amino acids
- CURCUMA LONGA (TURMERIC) ROOT EXTRACT
- Anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial
- Potent antioxidant
- Brightens skin
- CORDYCEPS SINENSIS EXTRACT
- BRASSICA OLERACEA ACEPHALA (KALE) EXTRACT
- Moisturizer and humectant
- SPINACIA OLERACEA (SPINACH) LEAF EXTRACT
- Reduces inflammation
- Fortifies skin barrier
- MELIA AZADIRACHTA (NEEM) FLOWER EXTRACT
- MELIA AZADIRACHTA (NEEM) LEAF EXTRACT
- ARTHROSPIRA PLATENSIS (SPIRULINA) EXTRACT
- Contains vitamin E
- RUBUS FRUTICOSUS (BLACKBERRY) FRUIT EXTRACT
- Potent antioxidant
- CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER EXTRACT
- Potent skin-soothing property
- May aggravate skin that is sensitive to plants in the daisy family
- EUTERPE OLERACEA (ACAI) FRUIT EXTRACT
- Potent source of antioxidants
- ROSA CANINA (ROSE HIP) FRUIT EXTRACT
- CALENDULA OFFICINALIS (CALENDULA) FLOWER EXTRACT
- ASPALATHUS LINEARIS (ROOIBOS) LEAF EXTRACT
- PUNICA GRANATUM (POMEGRANATE) EXTRACT
- Soothes skin
- HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL
- Improves damaged or irritated skin barrier
- Loaded with fatty acids
- HYDROLYZED JOJOBA ESTERS
- Contains essential fatty acids
- Retains moisture in skin
Whew, that was a lot! I am very impressed by how many great ingredients Acure was able to pack into this product. My main takeaway is the number of antioxidants. I always like seeing lots of antioxidants because they protect the skin from free radical damage that’s caused by things like sun exposure and pollution. Products rich in antioxidants are also great for anti-aging because they can soften the appearance of wrinkles.
Next up: the “bad” ingredients. This product unfortunately contains five fragrance ingredients: orange flower oil, orange peel oil, mandarin orange peel oil, jasmine oil, and rose geranium flower oil. Fragrance ingredients are some of the most common culprits of skin sensitization, so it’s best to avoid them when possible. These five ingredients are also a little higher on the list than I’d like to see. They’re about two thirds of the way down the list. These would be much lower risk if they were at the very bottom of the list, which is where the ingredients with the lowest concentrations can be found.
The remaining 14 ingredients in this product are things like cleansing agents, emulsifiers, and thickeners. These are safe, but also don’t provide any skincare benefits.
Acure never ceases to amaze me with its elegant formulas and affordable drugstore prices. Acure Ultra Hydrating Green Juice Cleanser is only $12.99 for 4 ounces ($3.25/oz.) of product. That’s a little more expensive than cleansers from some other drugstore skincare brands, but most drugstore skincare products don’t contain unusual ingredients like ashwagandha, kale, and rooibos. This face wash is exceptional, especially at such a low price!
It’s important to also note that only a small amount of this product is needed. A little goes a long way, which means this face wash will last longer than some others, making it an even better value.
Acure Ultra Hydrating Green Juice Cleanser is an excellent skincare product that I’ve enjoyed having in my collection as we finish out winter in the Midwest. It helps keep my skin hydrated, comes in quality packaging, cleanses effectively, has a pleasant texture that’s easy to work with, is formulated with a lot of impressive ingredients, and it’s affordable! The only thing I’d really like to see changed in this product is the fragrance ingredients. They may be included purely to mask the scent of some of the natural ingredients, but it’s not a leave-on product so I don’t think the product’s scent should matter very much.
This cleanser is marketed to “thirsty skin types” but I think it would work well for all skin types, including oily skin. Dry skin is obviously “thirsty,” but all types of skin require hydration to remain as balanced as possible. The only people that may want to avoid this product are those that are sensitive to fragrance ingredients.
It seems like Acure is underrated, considering the quality and affordability of its products. Have you tried any Acure products? If so, which ones are your favorites? Please let me know in the comments below. 🙂