One of my first forays into Asian Beauty when I was just starting my routine was to purchase a new face wash. I was a little concerned, as I’d never used an oil to cleanse my face before and I didn’t know what to expect, but oil cleansing is a staple in Asian Beauty and highly recommended to clear up skin. My skin is dry, but prone to breakouts and acne if I use the wrong products and I had no idea how my skin would react to slathering a handful of oil on my face. It just seemed so backwards to everything I’d been told. But I did a little research and cleansing with oil is actually one of the best ways to wash your face.
Cleansing oils can be extremely hydrating because most don’t contain the surfactants and harsh detergents that many foaming cleansers contain. They’re also soothing to dry skin, and even better, oil attracts oil, which means it will easily remove that sunscreen, foundation, or eye make up you’ve been struggling to scrub off with your other cleansers. And because there are no harsh chemicals to irritate or cause issues, oil cleansers can actually help repair your skin and prevent acne because you’ve stripped your skin of it’s natural oils.
I still wasn’t convinced however, so I did a little research and found a recommended but cost effective oil that I could try, but I wouldn’t be out a ton of money if it didn’t work for my skin. Enter the KOSE Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil.
Mineral Oil, PEG-8 Glyceryl Isostearate, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Cyclomethicone, Water, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Isostearic Acid, Glycerin, Phenoexyethanol.
This is a thin, fragrance-free oil that I applied to a dry face and then rubbed in. It removed my makeup and sunscreen effortlessly, and emulsified when I added water to it, creating a bit of a foam that rinsed away clean and clear. I have very dry and sensitive skin, and I didn’t notice any reactions or drying of my skin while using this. I did use a second cleanser afterwards, but I probably could have gotten away with just the oil cleanse because it rinsed so cleanly.
If you’re looking for a luxurious or thick oil, this is definitely not it, and I found it slipped between my fingers too easily when pumping out the amount I needed to use. I also need to use more than I expected, since it was so thin. However, since it’s pretty inexpensive, I didn’t mind having to use a bit more. Kose Softymo is a good, basic oil cleanser that cleaned my face as I expected, with no frills. It took me a good three-four months to finish the bottle, however I didn’t use it every night and alternated between another cleanser.
Would I Repurchase?
Maybe? It was a solid cleanser, but nothing impressive, and I’ve found that I prefer a bit of a thicker oil so that it spreads a bit better and doesn’t drip everywhere. But if you want an inexpensive introduction to cleansing oils, this is definitely a solid choice!
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