SK-II Facial Treatment Gentle Cleanser vs. Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Foam

I have heard people saying that cleansers are merely cleansers which are meant to be washed off, so any facial cleansers would work the same for their face. Regardless which skin type you have, there are different facial cleansers that are specially formulated to serve different purposes. My skin can be a bitch sometimes (okay, most of the time!), and come on, I know I am NOT alone! *cricket sound*

My face can be radiant one day and flaky or blemish-y the next, so I need a facial cleanser that do its job without drying me out. Today I am going to share with you about these two GENTLE facial cleansers: one for Japan and another from Korea, and since I can get naughty at times, I shall scare you with the more expensive one – Dear SK-II.

Both packaging are equally simply yet elegant.

Both packaging are equally simply yet elegant.

First off, I really love the rose scent which reminds me very much of Hazeline Snow as it is so calming. I am not against fragrance in any of my skin care products because I know I need it. Anything that smells great is good for the nose, the body, and the spirit, no?

This is all I need.

This is all I need.

The creamy foam will develop into soft, whipped foam when I add few drops of water and rub my hands together to spread the cleanser around my palm. I only need a little, and a little goes a loooooooong way, forcing me not to try other cleansers in the market.

This is how foamy it can get. Not too much foam, I like!

This is how foamy it can get. Not too much foam, I like!

After washing it off, my face feels silky and smooth, without that squeaky clean feeling that I hate because I know squeakiness will happily cause me more dryness! This SK-II Facial Treatment Gentle Cleanser is overall nice to use for its calming scent and factor as I notice it does reduce the redness of my face, but I could not justify paying RM 219 for a 120g facial cleanser! I have tried cheaper alternatives that equally work as good, so I am uncertain with its future to be a staple for me.

The bottle of Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Foam is empty. Do I like it as much? I must Mr Hubby then because I RARELY use this gentle cleansing foam. Why? Initially, I bought this cleanser from Sulwhasoo as I wanted to find a replacement for my regular facial cleanser from Aesop. I like the idea of going all organic for my face, but that thought is not a must. When I heard about a number of incredible ingredients (Ginseng, Prunus Mume Flower Extract, Duckweed, Chestnut Shell Extracts, etc.), I decided to give this a go. Like any other products from Sulwhasoo, this gentle cleansing foam has an overpowering herbal scent (think: Ginseng), which many will detest. On the contrary, the scent was never an issue for me, so I do not mind paying RM120 for a 200ml bottle that smells like ginseng. In fact, I quite like the herbal scent; it made me feel healthy! Such is the power of fragrance in skin care products!

The remaining cleanser from the empty bottle. Tee-hee!

The remaining cleanser from the empty bottle. Tee-hee!

The translucent, gel-like texture is sticky, but it will turn into foam once I add some water in my palm and create lather. One pump is adequate enough for my face, and it actually does a decent job in cleansing my face. My skin feels so clean and refreshed, so what is the problem?

Considering the wee bit of cleanser left, it foams up really well! Those who love foam-y cleansers will like this!

Considering the wee bit of cleanser left, it foams up really well! Those who love foam-y cleansers will like this!

I need to RUN to get my toner and follow-up with the rest of my skin care items right after that, or it will lead to my face feeling taut and dry. To be frank, I wanted to love this gentle cleansing foam, but my face would not allow me! I highly recommend those with combination skin to check this cleanser out if you do not mind the strong herbal scent! Mr Hubby’s face has been clear from occasional blemishes after using this, and he does not suffer from dryness like how I did!

Have you tried SK-II or Sulwhashoo’s cleansers? Do you like it?

With love,

LY

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3 thoughts on “SK-II Facial Treatment Gentle Cleanser vs. Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Foam

  1. Pingback: SK-II – Was the 2nd Chance Worth It? | Engaged With Beauty

  2. Hi, nice share. I’ve been using SK II for almost a year and trying to hold back my desire from sulwhasoo because of its herbal ingredients. God please help me.

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