Sheer Silk Ceramide Cleanser

4.7
Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
4.7 Stars (141 Reviews)
(Based on 141 reviews)
4.7
Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
4.7 Stars (141 Reviews)
(Based on 141 reviews)

This luxurious cream cleanser combines gentle cleansing with high-performance moisturizing ingredients to pamper skin without stripping it.

3.4fl oz / 100 ml

Key Benefits:
  • Gentle cleansing
  • Removes light makeup
  • Moisturizing finish
Key Ingredients:
  • Ceramides
  • Cholesterol
  • Hyaluronic acid
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OBSESSIVELY FORMULATED

Sheer Silk is a creamy face wash that gently, but thoroughly gets rid of impurities while deeply nourishing skin, thanks to a unique lipid complex reminiscent of a luxury moisturizer containing three ceramides, phytosphingosine, and cholesterol.

Powered by gentle coconut-derived cleansing agents, this hydrating cleanser thoroughly removes makeup, dirt, and sunscreen while leaving skin calm and balanced.

We then added moisture-boosting hyaluronic acid and glycerin, plus a calming botanical complex (cucumber, aloe, grape seed, green tea, allantoin) to ensure soft, soothed, and refreshed skin after each wash.

Our gentle formula can be used by all skin types – even those with extremely dry or highly sensitive skin – to hydrate, comfort, and cleanse skin.

Moisturizer meets cleanser for rich, gentle cleansing
  • A moisturizing blend of ceramides, cholesterol, and hyaluronic acid mimic the benefits of a luxury moisturizer
  • Mild coconut-derived cleansing agents allow impurities to be washed away without harming the skin barrier
  • A botanical complex (cucumber, aloe, grape seed, green tea, allantoin) soothes skin and calms redness

For AM and/or PM. Wet face and gently massage onto skin using circular motions. Wash off thoroughly with water.

Key Ingredients

Ceramide NP, ceramide AP, phytosphingosine, ceramide EOP, cholesterol, sodium hyaluronate, glycerin



Supporting Ingredients

Sodium cocoyl isethionate, cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine, sodium methyl cocoyl taurate, cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, allantoin, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, vitis vinifera (grape) seed extract, camellia sinensis (green tea) extract


All Maelove products are safe for sensitive skin, made in the US, vegan, cruelty-free, non-comedogenic, gluten-free, and free of parabens, phthalates, dyes, and artificial fragrances. We don't use ingredients that are banned in the EU or in the USA.


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Product Reviews

4.7
Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
Based on 141 reviews
Total 5 star reviews: 121 Total 4 star reviews: 9 Total 3 star reviews: 7 Total 2 star reviews: 2 Total 1 star reviews: 2
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141 reviews
  • SB
    Sue B.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    What are your skin concerns? Dryness, Fine lines and wrinkles, Dark spots
    What is your skin type? Combination
    Product Standouts Gentle, Great texture, Hydrating, Great Ingredients, Easy To Use
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    4 days ago
    Love Love Love!

    I really love this cleanser. It's think and creamy and just fantastic!!!

  • ES
    Elizabeth S.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    What are your skin concerns? Redness and sensitivity, Fine lines and wrinkles, Dark spots, Dryness
    How old are you? 55+
    What is your skin type? Sensitive
    Product Standouts Easy To Use, Gentle, Healing, Hydrating, Great Ingredients
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    3 weeks ago
    Love this!

    Beautiful cleanser!

  • CB
    Carol B.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    What are your skin concerns? Dryness, Fine lines and wrinkles, Dark spots, Sun Damage
    How old are you? 55+
    What is your skin type? Dry
    Product Standouts Great texture, Easy To Use, Gentle
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    1 month ago
    Love this cleanser!

    Only a little bit is needed mixed with water. Leaves my face feeling very clean and silky smooth.

  • LA
    Lena A.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    1 month ago
    Love the cleanser

    It does not leave my face dry

  • PB
    Priya B.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    What are your skin concerns? Redness and sensitivity, Dark spots
    How old are you? 35-44
    What is your skin type? Combination
    Product Standouts Unique, Hydrating, Easy To Use, Gentle, Healing
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    1 month ago
    Holy grail cleanser for sensitive skin

    It’s wild to me this product hasn’t gone viral yet. I started using this almost as soon as it first came out and as a sensitive skin girlie, it is ride or die in my skincare routine. It is part 2 of my nightly double cleansing routine and leaves my face clean but dewy and soft every time and is a must anytime I’m feeling extra sensitive. I use/love almost all Maelove skincare products, but this (and the Moonlight) are truly items I could not live without.

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For the Curious

Skin cleansing is an integral part of a healthy care routine, particularly if you wear makeup or waterproof sunscreen. These products can lead to the growth of bacteria, yeast, viruses, and face mites that can have a detrimental effect not just on the skin, but on general health. This is in addition to sebum, sweat, dead skin cells that can accumulate on the skin surface and attract dirt (Ayres 1963, Martin et al. 2010).

Even though cleansers can effectively take care of these problems, they also exert their own detrimental effects on the skin. They can harm the skin barrier and strip it of important lipids (Coiffard and Couteau 2020, Gfatter et al. 1997).

The solution is to combine the gentlest cleansing experience with milder detergents along with moisturizing elements. This is because these moisturizing elements can function as “sacrifical lipids” within surfactant micelles so that they (and not skin lipids) get depleted. Further, even in wash conditions, these lipids can deposit onto the skin. Hence, high levels of these moisturizing ingredients can improve mildness as well as provide moisturization (Ananthapadmanabhan et al. 2004).

Sheer Silk takes this skin saving approach to the max in this cleanser, skimping on none of the humectants, emollients and occlusives generally found in high quality moisturizers. This includes ceramides, cholesterol, and phytosphingosine, along with hyaluronic acid and glycerin. While Sheer Silk is a mild but effective cleanser that can be employed by anyone with any skin type, those with very dry and very sensitive skin will see particular benefits.

While soaps with their high pH are the worst culprits and should be avoided altogether in skin cleansing, syndets vary widely in their level of disruptiveness to the skin barrier. Syndets such as sulfates sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) also known as sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and sodium lauryl ether sulfate (SLES), are known to be irritating and harsh on the skin with the added downside of being harmful to the environment.

Modern high-quality cleansers rely instead on milder detergents that are better for the environment, as well as detergent blends that combine anionic and amphoteric surfactants which cleanse with minimal interaction with the skin barrier (Ananthapadmanabhan et al. 2004, Ananthapadmanabhan 2019, Coiffard and Couteau 2020, Mijaljica et al. 2022).

Sheer Silk Cleanser employs this modern approach to skin cleansing using a blend of three mild and environmentally friendly, coconut oil derived syndets: Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate.

Ananthapadmanabhan KP, Moore DJ, Subramanyan K, Manoj M, Meyer F (2004). “Cleansing without compromise: the impact of cleansers on the skin barrier and the technology of mild cleansing.” Dermatologic Therapy 17: 16-25.

Ayres S (1963). “Rosacea-Like Demodicidosis.” California Medicine 98(6): 328-330.

Coiffard L, Couteau C (2020). “Soap and syndets: differences and analogies, sources of great confusion.” Eu Rev Med Pharmacol Sci 24: 11432-11439.

Gfatter R, Hackl P, Braun F (1997). “Effects of Soap and Detergents on Skin Surface pH, Stratum corneum Hydration and Fat Content in Infants.” Dermatology 195: 258-262.

Martin LMM, Mendes MF, Takaoka LE, Martin MM, Martin BM (2010). Dermatosis Neglecta: a report of two cases. An Bras Dermatol 85 (2): 217-220.

Ananthapadmanabhan KP, Moore DJ, Subramanyan K, Manoj M, Meyer F (2004). “Cleansing without compromise: the impact of cleansers on the skin barrier and the technology of mild cleansing.” Dermatologic Therapy 17: 16-25.

Ananthapadmanabhan KP (2019). “Amino-Acid Surfactants in Personal Cleansing (Review).” Tenside Surf Det 56(5): 378-386.

Coiffard L, Couteau C (2020). “Soap and syndets: differences and analogies, sources of great confusion.” Eu Rev Med Pharmacol Sci 24: 11432-11439.

Mijaljica D, Spada F, Harrison IP (2022). “Skin Cleansing without or with Compromise: Soaps and Syndets.” Molecules 27: https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules27062010.