Friday, 10 July 2015

Review : Etude House Happy Essential Hyaluronic Acid Cleansing Foam

For those not familiar, double cleansing involves using an oil cleanser to remove oil-based impurities (like make-up and suncream) and following up with a water-based cleansing foam or cream to remove water-based impurities. The idea is simple enough but I find foaming cleansers to be quite drying and I struggle with spots so I don't need to send out an invitation for more bacteria to breed there by stripping my face with harsh cleansers.

When I came across this cleanser formulated with "40% moisturisers" I was pretty pleased, thinking it was gentle on the skin and hydrating. I ran the ingredients through cosdna and the analysis didn't look bad. Stearic Acid and Myristic Acid are flagged for acne but I wasn't too concerned since it's a wash off product. Fortunately, this cleanser hasn't given me any problems in terms of acne/breakouts but for something that touts a high percentage of moisturising ingredients, I find it so drying!!

Stearic Acid
Myristic Acid
Potassium Hydroxide
Lauric Acid
Cocamidopropyl Betaine
Sodium Hyaluronate
Glyceryl Stearate
Lauryl Glucoside
Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate
PEG-100 Stearate
Disodium EDTA
Sodium Benzoate
Blue 1 (CI 42090)

Moisturising ingredients: Glycerin, Hyaluronic Acid, Sorbitol
Potential acne triggers: Stearic Acid, Myristic Acid
Potential irritants: PEGs, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance, Alcohol
Free of: Sulfate Detergents (SLS, SLES)

I made a major boo-boo with this cleanser. The Big Boo among boos actually. I did a simple check on cosdna but didn't fully research the ingredients. And I misread the description, thinking it contained 40% Hyaluronic Acid and I didn't notice Alcohol listed in the ingredients. D'Oh. To even think it contained 40% HA was silly because that should have HA near the top of the list (which it isn't) and would also indicate a high percentage of Potassium Hydroxide which is irritating in high concentrations. - Something I would have known had I looked it up on Beautypedia first. Live and learn...

Texture & Smell
Feels creamy and luxurious. Has a pleasant soapy smell.

Doesn't warrant a mention, but my OCD side appreciated the hygienic foil seal.

There's no denying that this cleanser works well. I'd say too well because my skin feels "too clean" (AKA stripped and crying out for help), a telltale sign that the PH level is too high. That or it contains a lot of alcohol. Some people favour the squeaky clean feeling, but I don't relish the idea of messing up my skin's PH level and exposing myself to acne and dehydration.

The Good:
- Cheap ($4)
- A little goes a long way

 The Bad
- Likely to have a high PH = breeding ground for bacteria
- Alcohol. Some people are ok with alcohol in skincare, I say leave it in Gin & Tonics

I'm kind of sad to see this cleanser go to waste but at least it cost less than my toothpaste. Someone please provide me with some recommendations!!

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