[Video] Worth it? – Hero Cosmetics – Gentle Milky Cleanser from the Clear Collective Line – Swatches + Review

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I have uploaded a Youtube Video Swatching + Reviewing Hero Cosmetic’s New Milky Cleanser from their Clear Collective Range / Line!

In the video, I discuss the ingredients, how stripping this cleanser is and who I would recommend it for and if there are any possible dupes. I also discuss what makes this cleanser different and give my overall thoughts.

I hope you find the review useful!

You can shop this cleanser for Sensitive, Congested skin using the Code HANNAHMILKY on the Hero Cosmetics website here: LINK – The code is for 15% off the entire website (excluding bundles).

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In this video, we’ll be discussing a new cleanser released by the brand: Hero Cosmetics! This is a new cleanser from their Skin Clarity line which basically aims to decongest the skin and help it appear more clearer via gentle exfoliation!

Now this video is kindly sponsored by Hero Cosmetics; they wanted me to swatch and review their cleanser HONESTLY; I have free reign to discuss this product as I see fit so I won’t be holding anything back today! So, in this video I’ll be swatching and reviewing this cleanser, discussing the texture, ingredients and giving my overall thoughts. So, let’s get on with the video!

Of note: This cleanser is Vegan and Cruelty-Free and the package itself is recyclable.

Now this is a daily-use Milky Cleanser that can be used both in the AM and PM; aimed towards those who are sensitive to Strong Acids and Acid Exfoliation and have congested, Oily Skin.

The Surfactants are listed on the Screen now: Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate / Decyl Glucoside / Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide / Polyquaternium-80

And as you can tell, there aren’t that many surfactants; so, it kind of shows you the mild-cleansing nature of this product. It is not meant to be a makeup dissolver or remover, nor does it claim to be; but a gentle de-congesting cleanser either for after makeup removal i.e. as a Second Cleanser, or first thing in the morning; especially for oilier skins who want to remove any excess dirt and oil built up overnight.

You apply this product onto wet skin, massage and then rinse off. As this is a milky product; it’s easy to wash off without leaving a sticky or greasy residue on the skin.

The Ingredients:

Water/Aqua/Eau, Cetearyl Alcohol, Propanediol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Decyl Glucoside, Gluconolactone, Avena Sativa (Oat) Bran Extract, Sorbitol, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Avena Sativa Kernel Extract, Ceramide NP, Ceramide AP, Cetrimonium Chloride, Polyquaternium-73, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Chloride, Vinegar, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Caprylyl Glycol, Didecyldimonium Chloride, Methylpropanediol, Polyquaternium-80, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Sodium Acetate, Cellulose, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Cholesterol, Citric Acid, Phytosphingosine, Carbomer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Benzoate, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate.


A Key ingredient in here is PHA which is Gluconolactone; a Polyhydroxy acid. It is a relative of AHAs such as Glycolic Acid, but is much gentler at exfoliating the skin and so sensitive skins can use it and first-time acid users. Another benefit is that PHA also provides hydrating benefits to the skin, acting as a humectant and drawing moisture into the skin. PHAs encourage the skin to shed, which helps with congested skin and therefore, mildly helps improve the texture, tone and pore visibility of the skin in a slower and gentler way. And unlike AHAs; Polyhydroxy Acids don’t make the skin more sensitive to the sun, so if you live in sunnier areas in the world; it could be an easier to use acid to exfoliate with.

Gluconolactone is kind of an acid, even though you would probably not guess it from its name. It’s a PHA, or polyhydroxy acid. PHAs are close relatives to the famous AHAs, both in terms of similar chemical structure and similar effects on the skin.

Other Key Ingredients include Oat Kernel Extract and Oat Kernel Flour: Now, Colloidal Oatmeal provides soothing, antioxidant and moisturising benefits to the skin. It includes soothing Beta-Glucan (5%), Lipids (3-11%) and Omega Fatty Acids as well as anti-inflammatory avenanthramides. Therefore These extracts help reducing any potential stripping caused by the cleanser and also help soothe the skin. 

If your skin is dry, irritated, inflamed or eczema-prone, colloidal oatmeal is something to try.

Another Key ingredient is Jojoba Oil which is a similar oil to Human Sebum, so it shouldn’t exacerbate congested Skin and should help keep the skin moisturised when cleansing.

Furthermore ceramides, which are fatty ingredients that also provide that creamy look and texture of this cleanser, help reinforce the skin’s barrier and provide some more moisture to the skin.

In terms of the texture: This has a lightweight, milky texture. Of course without water it feels sticky but that’s why you’re supposed to apply this onto wet skin because then it emulsifies slightly and becomes easier to massage along the skin without tugging. The brand describe this as feather light and comfy on the skin and I would agree that it feels lightweight. It reminds me of the Laneige Cream Skin Refiner in terms of texture but of course without the extra PHA Exfoliation.

This does have a ”tangy” scent to it as it’s unfragranced.

When water is added, and this is rubbed around; you can see this doesn’t really foam up.

So, does this cleanser dry out the skin? On a stripping scale of 1-10 I’d put it at a 4.5 so is quite decent for my Combination Skin, and that’s why I think those with Oilier Skins or those living in hot and humid weathers could enjoy a cleanser like this.

Overall, this cleanser aims to gently exfoliate the skin while not stripping the skin too much of its moisture. It’s a good product for those who are first-time acid exfoliators or who have sensitive skin and are nervous about using AHAs and just want to dip their toes into gentle exfoliation. If you feel like you sweat a lot and your skin feels quite congested, this could be a good cleanser to start off with before proceeding to a gentle exfoliating toner or serum. I do think this works best as a Gentle morning cleanser, if you like to remove any dirt or oil built up overnight, and I would use it as a second cleanser in a double cleansing routine. 

So that’s it for this review! Thank you for reading 🙂

You can shop this cleanser for Sensitive, Congested skin using the Code HANNAHMILKY on the Hero Cosmetics website here: LINK – The code is for 15% off the entire website (excluding bundles).

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My Skin Type: I am acne prone and have slightly dehydrated combo skin. My skin is usually tight where the cheeks and eye area is and the outer parts of my face. My T zone is oily. My skin isn’t a fan of thick/heavy formulas so I opt for lightweight formulas to prevent it from clogging up. My skin doesn’t like essential oils either and I try to avoid fragrance when I can.

Disclaimer: I am a skincare enthusiast and not a skin expert. I am not qualified to give out dermatological advice. This type of advice should only be given by a medical practitioner. Upon trying / using any of the reviewed products on the blog, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings and please seek medical advice if needed.

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