For years, I have only used cleansing lotions of western brands to remove my makeup. I have heard so much about the Koreans and Japanese using oil-based cleansers but was a little of an oil-phobe to try my hands on one until recently with the new Sana Ho-Jun-Ki Cleansing Oil.
So what’s the difference?
I realised that normal makeup removing lotion do not focus on pore cleansing care but this 100% raw royal jelly containing Vitamin C derivative promises to shrink pores by removing all traces of clogged dirts and sebums in pores.
Having used it for a few weeks now, I have to admit that it is more effective in removing impurities and dirt than the lotions I’ve used. As a matter of fact, I noticed that my blackheads on my nose are noticeably less prominent than before. And the number one good thing I realised now about using oil cleansers is that I just need one cleanser to clean my entire face of makeup, eye shadow and mascara. No need for a separate eye makeup remover.
The drawback however is that because it is oil-based, I take a longer time to completely remove the oil residue. After massaging the oil into my face to remove my makeup, I tissue off and have to use a foaming wash to wash my face twice to feel it being squeaky clean again. But otherwise, I don’t have too much problem with this.
Like many, while I acknowledge that cleansers are important, but I had the mentality that all cleansers are the same. However, like toner, it appears that some cleansers cleanse more thoroughly than others.
In fact, it appears that some cleansers cannot remove all the dirt and makeup in the pores, and leave residue behind even after rinsing. This can create an invisible build up of residue and dirt on our skin. Added to the already clogged up dead cells on the horny layer which is the first layer of our epidermis, our skin may become dull, flaky or even break out. So it is just good investment to use an effective and thorough cleanser to maintain a healthy, clean horny layer.
And when it comes to removing makeup, cleansing oil is regarded as the best because of the fact that it is oil and it will break down and melt away just about any makeup and grime on our face, with as little friction as possible.
It is smearing oil on the face alright but with the right oil-based cleanser, layers of oily debris are adequately removed, leaving behind nothing but ultra-clean skin.
Sana Ho-Jun-Ki Cleansing Oil (150ml) is S$19 at Nishino in Mediya but you can buy it at a slightly lesser price online on Yahoo auctions like here.
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