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I understand that not everyone is willing to spend a lot of money on a cleanser – the Murad Soothing Oat and Peptide Cleanser is not cheap – but for me a great sensory experience is worth spending a little extra. After all I use a cleanser every single day and especially at night, when the day has been rough, a lovely texture can be the equivalent to a warm blanket.
If you feel similar, let’s take a look at this cleanser together to see if it is worth the money.
What the Murad Soothing Oat and Peptide Cleanser claims
Creamy, ultra-gentle micellar cleanser safely removes dirt and makeup, while curbing irritation and leaving beneficial moisture intact.
Facts about the Murad Soothing Oat and Peptide Cleanser
Prize and size
One tube contains 200 ml and is available for 45 € on the website here. The packaging is plain and functional, but doesn’t look cheap.
Texture and smell
When you hear micellar and think of micellar waters, you are mistaken. This is a cream cleanser in both look and feel on the skin, white and with a barely noticeable scent to it.
How to use the Murad Soothing Oat and Peptide Cleanser
The whole collection this is part of is called eczema care and targeted at sensitive, dry and itchy skin. So while the cleanser is according to the website suitable for morning and night time use, I don’t think that if I suffered from eczema or dry and itchy skin I would feel the need to cleanse my skin in the mornings – no matter how gentle a cleanser is, not using one is always gentler. (More info: The 5 steps you need to take when your skin barrier is damaged)
I did use it at night, massaging it over my face first – both on damp skin and on dry skin worked well -, then wetting my hands to emulsify and lastly rinsing it off with lukewarm water. It had no issues breaking down even a full face of makeup, didn’t irritate or cloud my eyes and rinsed clean without the need for a wash cloth, leaving the skin feeling smooth and hydrated.
Ingredients of the Murad Soothing Oat and Peptide Cleanser
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The ingredient aimed at dry, eczema skin is the Oat Kernel Extract or Colloidal Oatmeal present here. (More info: The benefits of collidal oatmeal in skincare explained) If you struggle with that skin condition, you might remember oatmeal baths to help sooth the itch.
It is paired with other soothing ingredients like Betaine as well as Squalane and Shea Butter as emollients and Glycerin and corn sugars for extra hydration.
Does it live up to its claims?
If the Micellar Cleansing Peptides used are indeed as claimed on the website 300 x more effective than traditional sulfates I can’t say, but I felt it cleansed my skin gentle and effectively.
How does it compare to…
First Aid Beauty Pure Skin Face Cleanser
I wanted to compare these two because they both are aimed at sensitive and irritated skin, and in my opinion both do a great job at cleansing without stripping the skin any further. First Aid Beauty does not make any eczema claims and doesn’t use colloidal oatmeal though, instead they have a Vitamin C derivative and Green Tea Extract in their products.
The one thing I prefer in Murads version is that it never irritated my eyes, whereas the one from First Aid Beauty had a tendency to sting quite badly when I tried removing my eye makeup with it.
pixi Hydrating Milky Cream Cleanser
I picked pixis version of a Hydrating Cream Cleanser to compare as example that names are just names. Don’t get me wrong, I liked pixis version a lot when I used it, but it is neither hydrating not what I would call a cream cleanser. On the contrary, it is a thoroughly cleansing foaming cleanser that would better be suited to combination oily skins.
Again, it doesn’t make any eczema claims and doesn’t use colloidal oatmeal, but Panthenol for soothing.
The Inkey List Oat Cleansing Balm
The Inkey List is the first one that actually uses oat meal as well as oil for soothing, so is the only one from the cleansers listed here that comes close in that. It is however not a cream cleanser, but a rich cleansing balm, the ones that you usually get in a tub instead of a tube. I like it a lot, but which texture you prefer is personal tase.
Would I repurchase and which skin types do I recommend it to?
Now I don’t suffer from eczema, so I can’t speak for the effects on that skin condition, but I found the Murad Soothing Oat and Peptide Cleanser to be a very gentle yet effective product able to break down even a full face of makeup while leaving the skin feeling calm and hydrated. Yes, it is expensive for a cleanser, but for me feels like a comforting hug at the end of a long day. In my world, that makes it worth the money, especially when your skin is dry, prone to eczema and irritation.
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