Skin Edit: Trying out various powder facial cleansers

“Taking care of your skin is more important than covering it up,” – Unknown via Pinterest

To clean our skin properly at the end of our day has got to be the most important steps in maintaining a healthy skin. Growing up I was always super keen on using “strong” cleanser that exfoliate, products such as Neutrogena, Clean & Clear and even Proactive. No hate towards these brands, all I’m saying is I am glad to have further open my mind and increase my knowledge on skincare. I’m an avid believer of double cleansing which follow these steps, oil-based cleanser followed by water-based cleanser. For my second cleanse, I have been so obsessed with powder to foam cleansers and I thought it will be fun to share the three that I have tried so far…

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The three cleansers I will be sharing with you today are,

  • Tatcha Polished Rice Enzyme Powder
  • Amore Pacific Treatment Enzyme Peel Cleansing Powder
  • COSRX Centella Cleansing Powder

Powder cleanser can definitely be use as a gentle exfoliator through the use of enzymes, which is more gentle in comparison to acid exfoliation. So personally, I do think that powder cleanser can be the sensitive skin person’s answer to physical exfoliation, ever so gently and please patch test 🙂 To the review…

Tatcha Polished Rice Enzyme Powder, AUD$104

  • The classic, I think this has to be one of the first ones in the Western beauty market to really create and introduce the powder to foam format in cleansers. However, as the brand in inspired by the Japanese Geisha, I do believe many Japanese beauty brands will have already introduced this type of cleansers to the masses earlier on
  • With all Tatcha products contained their Hadasei-3, which includes green tea, rice and algae, powerful antioxidants and helps to restore youthful looking skin. They contained very gentle exfoliation accompanied by the low pH Amino Acid based formulation, which helps to cleanse effectively without stripping the skin
  • Why I like them? Well, they are actually quite an effective cleansers and you get so much in the one container. Most of the powder dissolved into foam, with gentle powder left behind that helps with gently physically exfoliating your skin. Honestly, considering the price, I will not repurchase this as we now have so much options in powder cleansers with more affordable price

Amore Pacific Treatment Enzyme Peel Cleansing Powder, AUD$96

  • Using papaya & green tea derived enzymes, that will help to remove dead skin cells but at the same time, protect your skin with powerful anti-oxidants. Based on the ingredient’s list, this cleanser also contain few ingredients that helps with adding moisture and hydration, such as mannitol. Mannitol is a plant-derived or lab-made sugar that works as a humectant, it helps to bind moisture and condition the skin, which was listed first within their ingredients list
  • Why I like them? The powder is finely milled and this one, compared to the other two I’ve tried so far, formed the gentlest foam with no powder left over. Amore Pacific formulation contains fragrance, which I personally love however if you are allergic please skip this one. For one reason or another, this is the only one that I can feel a slight tingle during cleansing, which makes me wonder if this has the strongest enzymes in comparison to the other two hmmm…

COSRX Centella Cleansing Powder, AUD$27

  • The least number of ingredients in comparison to the other two, with a total of only NINE ingredients. Contained water activated enzymes that helps to remove impurities while maintaining moisture level on the skin. It is low pH which means there will be less chance of irritation and helps to protect skin’s acidity in order to maintain skin’s healthy condition
  • Why I like them? Fragrance free which makes it super gentle and good for people with sensitive skin. This one is individually packed in capsules for one time use, which means this is super handy to take for travels. I also personally think, because I am not opening and closing a container all the time, the powder remained fresh at all times 🙂

Final thoughts… To be honest, out of the three, my most favourite will have to be the Amore Pacific one, even though it is still on the pricier side, but I am enjoying the light foam and the fresh scent. There are plenty of other alternatives for powder cleanser at the moment and one from By Wishtrend Green Tea & Enzymes Powder Wash to be an apparent dupe for my favourite, which I am interested to try out soon. Definitely love the COSRX for travels.

-k.

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