I was kindly given the opportunity to be one of the first few to try Wishtrend’s latest product before their official launch (thank you Wishtrend!). I was sent the Green Tea & Enzyme Powder Wash which I have now been using for a few weeks now so thought it was a good time to write up a review!
The Green Tea & Enzyme Powder Wash is a low-irritation cleanser that is suitable for all skin-types, especially for those with acne-prone skin. It is also fine for those with sensitive skin to use since it is a gentle cleanser and exfoliator with moisturising properties. The wash, like its name says, comes in powder form unlike other face washes and cleansers. The powder wash helps to exfoliate dead skin cells and control blackheads whilst also providing hydration. The wash does all this without being harsh or abrasive on the skin. It also has antioxidant effects that help to clear up the skin and improve skin troubles.
The powder wash comes in an opaque pastel green plastic bottle. The bottle has a flip cap with a small opening that allows the powder to be poured out easily. I found it best to gently tap or lightly jiggle the bottle to prevent pouring out too much product since the powder is quite fine and lightweight.
How to Use
Firstly, I pour out a small amount of the powder wash into the palm of my hand. I then add a small amount of water to my hands and work up into a lather before gentle massaging onto my face. I then rinse off well with lukewarm water and follow with the rest of my skincare routine.
In terms of the frequency of usage, it varies depending on your skin type so adjust accordingly. It is recommended for those with sensitive or thin skin to use the wash 2-3 times weekly.
Do not use with other exfoliating products such as those containing retinol, high concentration vitamin C, AHA/BHA, etc…
Use lukewarm water (35-45°C) when washing to activate the enzymes
Ensure to store the wash in a dry area and to keep the lid tightly closed when not in use.
The Green Tea & Enzyme Powder Wash has four key ingredients – green tea, papain, sodium bicarbonate and amino acid surfactants.
Green tea has powerful antioxidant properties, is rich in vitamins, and helps to purify the skin.
Papain helps to eliminate skin waste and exfoliate the skin to improve its texture without irritation.
Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) is a gentle ingredient that helps to remove blackheads, improve skin texture and provide deep pore cleaning
Lastly, amino acid surfactants, derived from coconut, has moisture retention properties. It is also low irritation and provides a moisturising effect without excessive foam.
The powder wash has a slightly acidic pH of 5.5 which matches the skin’s acid mantle pH level. The powder itself is a light pastel green colour and has a faint matcha green tea latte scent. When water is added and the wash is well lathered, the green tea latte scent becomes much more prominent and is very refreshing and soothing. I love matcha green tea so I really enjoyed the scent as it wasn’t too strong or overpowering. The wash itself creates a light lather that isn’t very bubbly like other face washes or cleansers I’ve tried but lathers well enough to easily wash your face. I find that after 15-20 seconds the bubbles start to disappear and the wash starts to dry up on my face.
I was kindly sent a box of lovely skincare goodies to try out by Ah…Skincare last month. I received three face skincare products perfect for my combination skin and one body care product as well. I have been using them for a while now so thought it was the perfect time to post up a review and to talk a bit about Ah…Skincare.
About Ah Skincare
Ah Skincare was founded in 2014 by Andrea Hutchins and is all about organic skincare packed full of goodies for your skin. All their formulas have at least 85% organic ingredients, are all handmade and free from all the nasties such as parabens, sulphates, mineral oils, any animal testing and more! The formulas for their skincare products are also PH balanced so will not disrupt the acid mantle, the skins natural defence barrier. Ah Skincare has a variety of products to suit all skin types, even for those with sensitive skin as they focus on creating natural products that are kind to the skin. So, now on to the reviews.
This Radiance Cleanser is meant to gently cleanse the skin whilst also nourishing and protecting it. It comes in a clear PET bottle with a turn to open/close pump that easily dispenses the perfect amount of product. In terms of scent, it has a fruity and soft scent that is subtle and not too strong which I enjoyed. The formula contains lots of natural and organic ingredients including extracts from fruits such as mango, strawberry, lemon, cranberry and more. The cleanser itself is white in colour and has a creamy texture. I pump out a small amount and gentle massage it onto my damp skin then rinse off with water. Though it has a creamy texture, I was expecting it to foam or bubble up but instead when massaged onto wet skin it is silky and slippery and cleanses the skin well in a gentle way. I liked how soft my skin felt after using this cleanser. It left my skin feeling moisturised and not dry or tight which is great as I hate cleansers that dry out and strip away all the skin’s natural oils in the process of cleansing.
This Skin Brightening Toner is a lightweight yet moisturising toner that is alcohol free and contains witch hazel. The toner comes in a clear PET bottle with a spray nozzle with a cap. The spray nozzle works well in dispensing a fine and even mist of toner. It has a unique scent that starts off slightly sweet and fruity, which I think comes from the grapefruit essential oil, followed by a distinct and slightly stronger smell that is probably from the witch hazel. Overall the scent is interesting and pleasant, and fades away almost immediately after applying it to the skin. The toner aims to help protect the skin and maintain the natural pH level of the skin. After cleansing, I spray a small amount of toner onto a cotton wool pad and lightly swipe over my face to gently remove any makeup or impurities. I sometimes like to spray some on my face during the day when my skin is in need of a quick refresher. I like how soothing this toner is (probably as it contains aloe vera leaf juice) and how refreshed my skin feels after.
This Tomato and Carrot Moisturiser is definitely my favourite of the bunch. It comes in a slim airless pump bottle that makes it easy to control and pump out the correct amount of product. The moisturiser is full of vitamins and minerals to help reduce shine, refine the pores and is also anti-aging. I like to pump out a small amount onto my hands and gently massage it on my face and neck. I love how soft, smooth and hydrated my skin feels after and how it does not leave any of the usual sticky, oily or tacky feeling that other creams with sunscreen sometimes have.
I’m always on the lookout to try new skincare products that are both moisturising and good for acne-prone skin. On that note, I was super excited to receive these lovely skincare goodies from Style Korean. In this Style Korean Skincare Haul I have products from Benton and Cosrx that are known for having lots of great skincare products including many aimed for acne prone skin types. I’ll be posting up a review for all these items later on my blog after trying them out for a good amount of time.
First up in this haul is the Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel which is aimed at those who have sensitive and trouble skin. The gel is said to contain 80% Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice that is rich in polysaccharides (helps to hydrate and retain moisture in the skin) and 10% Propolis Extract (known to have soothing properties). I was so excited to try out this Benton Aloe Gel now that it’s winter and my skin is drier than usual, especially with the many hours I spend sitting in front of a heater! I love that this aloe gel is free of alcohol, water, parabens, mineral oil and other harmful ingredients, but instead only uses natural extracts and natural preservatives. I’ve already started using it for a couple days as a daytime moisturiser, and so far so good! The aloe gel is a clear coloured gel (not green, yay to no articial colours!) that is lightweight with only a slight and almost non-existent scent.
I love using a good face mist thoroughout the day, and usually like to pop one in my bag or on my desk. I like to spritz some face mist on my face whenever it’s feeling a little dry and in need of an extra moisture boost. I’m keen on trying this mist out as I’ve only really used the Avene Thermal Spring Water spray and as much as I love it, I want to try something new! This Benton HonestLine of products is about presenting honest ingredients that consumers can be assured of using on their skin. This TT (Tea Tree) Mist contains Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Water instead of water, Hyaluronic Acid and other botanical extracts to hyrdate the skin and have a cooling effect. This face mist is meant to help to ‘improve rough and damaged skin from stress and pollution’.
I love a good leave-in sleeping mask as they are great for giving your skin that extra bit of hydration. That being said, I have yet to find one that I truly love (drop me a comment if you know of one, would love to know!). Cosrx is such a well loved brand by many beauty bloggers and known for their acne-prone targeted skincare lines, so hopefully this Cosrx Honey Overnight Mask will not disappoint. This mask is enriched with over 85% propolis extract and natural bees wax to provide ‘intensive hyrdation with refreshing moisture’.