In all my years of experimenting with skin care products, I have yet to stumble upon a holy grail face wash that isn’t drying and won’t leave me scrambling for a moisturiser right after, or a weak one that wouldn’t make me feel like half my makeup is still stuck on my face.
One day, while trying to not pick up more face masks from Sephora, the Soy Face Cleanser by Fresh caught my eye. Not having had the opportunity to try any of Fresh’s products, I popped open my laptop and read the reviews to see if I was ready to shell out 39€ for a tube of face wash.
According to Fresh, one Soy Face Cleanser is sold every minute worldwide.
After reading the 46th comment by a user claiming that they’re not going back to any other cleanser, I gave in and bought the raved skin care product.
Price – 39€ Price – 15€
Quantity – 150ml Quantity – 50ml
Price – $38 Price – $15
Quantity – 150ml Quantity – 50ml
It claims to be a gentle cleanser which removes everyday impurities and makeup (even mascara!! I was skeptic…) without stripping away the moisture and drying the skin.
It sounded like a product that I would stock up and worship. As much as I love double cleansing, the idea of saving time and cutting out one product to get the same results was a sweet thought. I was ready for the acid test.
Soy protein – Rich in amino acids, which strengthen the skin’s natural defence system and also contains antioxidant properties.
Cucumber extract – has moisturising and emollient properties. It also has soothing effects on the skin and is great for sensitive skin.
Rosewater – has a plethora of great skincare benefits. It is infamous for its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. It also helps with hydration, toning and controlling excess oil.
Suffering from post-acne scars, pigmentation, and texturised skin, I was curious to see if this so-called miracle worker would help soothe my skin and reduce redness.
It feels a bit thicker and more gel-like than a regular cleanser. It doesn’t lather much, which I personally like, as it doesn’t feel like an industrial soapy cleanser which digs in deep to extract every bit of oil and moisture from your skin. But be careful not to let it spill easily from your hands! It escapes like sand from between your fingers (mild exaggeration).
Colour and scent
It looks cloudy (nearly white) and has a light cucumber and soy fragrance, which I found a bit peculiar at first but got used to it. I didn’t think the smell was too strong, but some users claimed it put them off. Unless you have a very sensitive nose, this shouldn’t bother you.
I’m going against most of the claims made in the comments section of every website that sold this product, but I didn’t feel like the cleanser was strong enough to remove all the grime from my face, let alone mascara. I had only foundation, concealer and some mascara on my face (not a thick layer – I prefer less makeup) and I felt the need to use an oil-based cleanser to get rid of all my makeup. The thought of not cleaning again made me feel downright uncomfortable; like waking up and realising you forgot to remove your makeup and looking at mascara stains on your pillow.
However, it’s great when used after an oil-based cleanser. It’s very gentle on the skin and doesn’t leave it dry, as promised. It doesn’t leave that squeaky-clean finish (which is terrible for your skin! Avoid such products at all costs!) but leaves it moisturised and supple like a ripe plum. However, I don’t think this cleanser by itself can replace double cleansing and is not effective enough to rid your face of the day’s pollution and makeup. If I used a toner afterwards, I could clearly see the makeup residue on the cotton pad…
As mentioned before, you have to be careful about not letting the product spill from your hands and into your sink. It’s not an inexpensive product and every time it dropped, my heart sank, watching the 2€ get washed down 3-4 times before I learnt to be extra careful.
I’d recommend pairing this cleanser with an oil-based face cleanser before.
Long term impressions
It didn’t improve or worsen my skin in any way in the long term. It felt good on the face after I used it and noticed that my skin was more moisturised after double cleansing, compared to some other face washes that I’ve used. However, neither does it claim to provide any long-term benefits, nor did I notice any.
Would I recommend it to my friends?
If you’ve got the dough to spend 39€ on a 150ml tube of face wash, I’d say go right ahead! Don’t forget to remove the excess gunk with a cotton pad and a toner, or use a second cleanser. However, there are cheaper alternatives that will do the job for less than one-third the price. It’s a good product but I’m not a hardcore fan.
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