Despite being a lover of makeup, I love when the time comes to take it off at the end of a long day. I love the feeling of a fresh face feeling that is cleansed and fresh looking. The links I’ve provided in this post are affilliate links, which means I will earn a small comission if you decide to use my link to make a purchase. Wishtrend kindly gifted me a product, that I got to pick out myself. Wishtrend is a Korean site that sells skincare, makeup, hair & body from several different brands. They do ship worldwide and I’m sure if you take a glance at their site, you’ll find something that you’ll find interesting. It was quite difficult choosing a product, but I went with an untraditional facial cleanser. It’s a cleanser in a powder form, more specifically an enzyme powder. Yeah it does sound strange, especially if you’re new to the Korean Beauty world.
I haven’t tried any enzyme powder washes before trying this one. I did purchase one from a different Korean brand, but I always forgot about it and ended up opening other cleansers. But apparently these enzyme powder washes are a combination of different enzymes that will help remove dead skin cells as well as cleansing your skin. The powder is finely milled, which you mix with some water and massage onto the skin and then rinse off.
Here are some of the key ingredients in the powder:
- Green Tea – Antioxidants, Anti-inflammatory benefits, Anti-again properties
- Papain Enzymes – Extracted from papaya, Antioxidant, exfoliating properties, Anti-inflammatory, Rich source of vitamins e.g. vitamin C, A, E.
- Baking Soda – Exfoliating, Antibacterial, Brightening.
Green tea is a product I adore in skincare, and the Papain enzyme is new to me, but I was very intrigued by it. Now the baking soda, I’m not sure if I’m the biggest fan of that ingredient. The reason why I say this is my experience with baking soda is that it’s strips my skin of moisture and can be a harsh ingredient. But you know trying my best to be open minded here.
My skintype: Oily & Acneprone.
Price: 22 USD on Wishtrend. Purchase here.
Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Powder, Lysine HCL, Proline, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Acetyl Methionine, Theanine, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Sorbitol, Papain, Betaine, Cellulose Gum, Citric Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate
Packaging: Okay, so the cleanser comes in a cardboard box inside a light green, plastic bottle. It has a flip cap with a small opening at the top. The packaging is very simple, not too fancy but it works. If you hold the bottle up against the window or sun, you’ll be able to see how much powder is remaining. A bottle contains 70g/2.47 oz.
Scent: Yes, there is for sure a scent. If you love green tea and matcha you’ll fall in love with this scent. It smells exactly like matcha tea, but without being too much or causing irritation to the skin.
Cleanse: You don’t need a lot of powder to cleanse your skin, but you really have to feel it out yourself to decide how much you should use. I add the tiniest amount of water, rub my palms together, massage it into my skin and then rinse off. The product claims to create a foam, but I would describe it more of a fizz. It doesn’t foam up like crazy, it just fizzes up creating a slightly foamy consistency. The powder is very finely milled and dissolves very quickly once it comes in contact with water.
Wishtrend does say not to use it along with other products that has exfoliating effect (retinol, high concentration vitamin C, AHA/BHA, etc.). I have used it with both AHA & BHA and I haven’t experienced any side effects. But just be aware if you do try it out. This video underneath also shows you how different ways to use the product:
My thoughts: It cleanses my skin nicely without feeling stripped or dry. I was a bit worried about the baking soda, but luckily, I didn’t experience any negative effects. I will say that I’m not sure if it’ll be suitable for people with dry, irritated or very sensitive skin just based on the baking soda. I think I have to get used to using a powder cleanser, as the consistency does feel a bit odd as it almost feels like you’re just rubbing water on your face. My skin feels so soft and polished afterwards, and it did what I wanted from a cleanser.
Disclaimer: This product was gifted to me. All thoughts & opinions are my own. Links in this post are affiliate.