Monday 10 April 2017

K-Beauty Cleansers

Most of the time I try to avoid from hoarding too much skincare products, but my oh my is that difficult or what. 

I usually shop from Hermo because they always have promotions and sales for Korean beauty product. When I first started to delve myself into K-Beauty world, I was so confused with the terminology, the 10 steps skincare routine and whatnot. 

So I bought this book from Kinokuniya;

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This helps my understanding a lot!

The core of Korean skincare routine is the double cleanse. And that is what I'm gonna share today. 

When I first started, I try those cleansers that were recommended by Youtubers and beauty blogger. What I quickly learnt is that ; what's good for someone else may not be the best for your skin. 

So double cleansing is exactly what it sounds like. You wash your face twice. First with a cleansing oil then with a face wash. It ensures that your skin is free from all the dirt and make up that will clogged your pores and induce acne / skin problems. It also claims to reduce your aging process. 

Banila Co Clean it Zero - RM69 (Hermo)

For the first step, I use Banila's Clean It Zero. Staple product for K-Beauty beginners. It is a solid balm that will transform into oil texture once massage onto the dry skin. Then I usually sprinkle some water onto my face and continue massaging my skin and the oil will become milk-like. Last step, rinse. 

Lovely scent, a little goes a long way, remove most of the makeup, does not sting the eyes, gentle ingredient

Does not work on waterproof mascara (traces left behind), not hygienic due to the packaging, you need to wash your face thoroughly to not leave any residue of the product

Will I repurchase? 
Yes! In fact I'm finishing my second tub

Rating : 5/5

SUM:37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick - RM110 (iHerb)

One of the most hyped cleansers in Korea a few years back. I spent days contemplating on this particular purchase because of its price tag. Miracle Rose comes in a stick, almost deodorant-like. They use actual fermented rose petals and it smells good!! It also is pH friendly (we need low pH cleanser for our skin). This lasted 4 months for me. 

Lovely scent, low pH, travel friendly, easy to use - just massage on your face directly, gentle on your skin

Pricey, messy after use with water and rose petals at the rim, the soap soften and easily damaged after a while (think of bar soap), might cause breakouts, not hygienic

Will I repurchase? 
No. I have found better cleansers at a third of its price.

Rating : 3.5/5

Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser - RM39 (Hermo)

This brand is my favorite. Plain, almost clinical aesthetics but the products are always great. To be honest, I hate it at first because it's quite hard to lather on my face with the gel consistency. Until I saw a review online suggesting mixing em with water to get that rich foamy texture. Then I really love it!

Low pH, cheap, huge tube, hygienic, gentle (not stripping and no tightness afterwards), 

Smell like tea tree (some might hate it)

Will I repurchase? 

Rating : 3.8/5

Neogen Real Fresh Foam Cleanser - RM62 (Hermo)

From one pump

This product has four variations; green tea, cranberry, blueberry and cereals. I tried the green tea cleanser. The most interesting part is the bottom of the bottle. Can you see the actual leaves in them? I also love the foamy texture.

Natural ingredients (many of the them are fermented plants/ fruit extract), neutral pH, rich and foamy 

I've read that you don't actually benefit from the actual tea leaves at the bottom of the bottle and it was just all gimmick, expires 8 months after first opened due to the fermented leaves (it will long be finished anyway), may sting the eyes

Will I repurchase? 
Yes. Will try the cranberry version next.

Rating : 4.5/5

For me the top three features that I look for in a good is cleanser are;

1. Actually cleanse leftover makeup and dirt
2. Low pH - Separate post on this later
3. Gentle [no tightness afterwards]

[a friendly advice - NEVER EVER use lemon juice / baking soda on your face. EVER!!]

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