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Cleansing: The First Step to Great Skin

Posted Jul 28 2008 12:00am
To achieve healthy skin, first and foremost is to thoroughly cleanse your skin from any make-up, debris and impurities. Even if you don't wear any make-up, cleansing is still very important to avoid oil and dirt build-up that causes whiteheads, blackheads (oxidized oil), dead skin cells and even pimples. Finding the right cleanser is not as easy as you may think. The cleanser that you use should be suitable for your skin type and condition while not causing your skin to feel tight or taut. After cleansing, your skin should feel fresh, smooth, soft and bright.

For the past month, I've been testing out a couple of cleansers and today I shall finally review them. Origins Checks and Balances, Skineeds Age Defense Silky Cleansing Cream, La Mer The Cleansing Foam, Missha Effectual O2 Bubble Cleanser, Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel, Enjoy Your Rice Day Facial Soap.

Read on for the individual reviews.


Origins Checks and Balances (150ml/RM95)

This frothy face wash is designed to balance out the two skin condition of combination skin which is dry and oily. Only a pea-sized amount of the mousse-like cleanser is needed to create a lot of foam making the tube lasts for a very long time. Broad Leaf Extract discourages excess oil production while Wheat Protein balances and protects dry areas. No tautness or tightness is felt after cleansing instead skin feels smooth and very refreshed with a minty feeling. This cleanser also contains tourmaline (a gem stone) which actually makes water wetter to more easily disperse dirt and sebum. The aromatic scent is provided by Bergamot, Spearmint and Lavender. Cleansing has never felt so enjoyable with the spearmint smelling like Christmas.


Skineeds Age Defense Silky Cleansing Cream (100g/RM6)

This cleansing cream is enriched with 100% pure orange essential oil which is packed with Vitamin C and natural emollients to protect against aging and environmental aggression. The orange scent is very distinct but not in a negative way. Unlike other cleansing creams, a small amount of this cream lathers up quite a bit making the cleansing process more satisfying. Skin feels clean but slightly taut after cleansing, which is unexpected from a cleansing cream. The product has to be stored upside down to avoid the orange oil from accumulating at the tube's cap. this product is available from Price Abuse.





La Mer The Cleansing Foam (125ml/RM265)


This product is marketed in Asia as a whitening cleansing foam but it does not have any whitening ingredients and is actually exactly the same as the US' version of the Cleansing Foam. It contains marine extracts which have anti-irritation and calming properties, a combination of fine jade and white pearl powders that are rich in amino acids to gently polish the skin, magnetized tourmaline, and Deconstructed Waters to aid the loosening of debris without having to cleanse with much force. Only a small amount is needed to create a lot of lather to thoroughly cleanse skin without feeling tight or taut. There's a slight cooling feeling on the skin after cleansing and skin feels very smooth, looking immediately brightened.


Missha Effectual O2 Bubble Cleanser

I initially used the sample of this cleanser that I got to wash my brushes and I was surprised at how clean my brushes got; murky foundation all out in one wash. I decided to use it on my face and indeed this cleanser work as a foam cleanser and removes makeup as well. Enriched with O2 Carrier Liquid, it purifies and revitalizes the skin. This products give a lot of bubbles when lathered. An excellent cleanser for deep cleansing. Should be available at Missha Stores




Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel


Um... it cleansed... and that was it. Nothing special. Not a lot of foam. Available at Dermalogica agents.








Enjoy Your Rice Day Facial Soap (100g)

I got this at the beauty expo for RM5 (regular price unknown) and just thought I'd give it a try. Apparently, it is a recommended product by a famous Taiwanese show (Nu Ren Wo Zui Da) and had good reviews so I was quite happy that my instinct told me to buy it. This bar soap contains Rice Bran Oil which is used traditionally in Japan to smoothen skin. It is believed that rice bran oil can help stimulate skin's collagen production making skin feel firmer as well and also improves blood circulation for a healthy and glowing complexion. I found out about the information on these benefits only after I've used the product and I've come to believe now that it is true. This pleasantly fragrant soap give lots of foam with just a few rubs in a wet palm. Surprisingly, the skin did not feel any tightness or tautness after cleansing and more obvious than any other cleansers, my skin looked immediately brightened.
This product is available from Vee-Man Beauty. Click for locations.


I have two more cleansers to try and review which is Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser and Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser so do look out for their reviews in the near future.
Photo Credit: www.origins.com, www.priceabuse.com, www.nongmiu.com, www.missha.ae, www.worlddutyfree.com
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