It’s been a while since I last used cleansing waters. Ever since I discovered oil cleansing (and recently, balm cleansing), it has become my preferred first cleansing method. It’s just that, oil and balm cleansers have been more effective for me in removing makeup, sunscreen, and deep-seated dirt. But this time I gave cleansing waters another try, as Style Korean had sent me this Blithe Anti-Polluaging Himalayan Pink Salt Cleansing Water. This cleansing water is infused with Himalayan Pink Salt or Sea Salt Extract (44%), which is a rich source of detoxifying minerals, as well as and 10 botanical extracts, so it’s supposed to not only cleanse the skin but also detoxify and hydrate it. And indeed, it was very hydrating. It was even more hydrating than my Son & Park Beauty Water, IMO. It also effectively removed my sunscreen and makeup (but I’m one who wears minimal makeup, so I can’t tell how well this performs on heavier makeup). But it was effective enough in removing my BB cream/cushion, traditional bullet lipstick, eyebrow pencil, and smudge-proof eyeliner (yup! I’ve started wearing eye makeup again but just a little bit).
I like that this cleansing water does not leave my skin feeling tight. In fact, it even makes my skin feel soft, smooth, and hydrated. It does not leave a film, either. It still needs to be followed up with a moisturizer, though, because, as we all know, that hydration would soon evaporate. In my case, however, I still do balm cleansing after using this cleansing water whenever I’m wearing makeup, and then my second cleansing. So yeah, that’s like triple cleansing already haha! It’s not about this Blithe cleanser, though; it’s just me and my lack of confidence in the ability of micellar and cleansing waters, in general. It’s just that I have listened to and read enough advice from my favorite skincare enthusiasts or even professionals that oil and balm cleansers are more effective than cleansing waters as a first cleanser. I do appreciate using this Blithe cleansing water, though, in removing makeup in hard to reach areas, like behind my neck and ears, and my decolletage. I’m also able to use it by itself when I’m not wearing any makeup or sunscreen or whenever I just want to freshen up during the day. Methinks this would be a nice facial mist!
This is one high-quality cleansing water that gets the job done without any issues, so I’d give it a 4/5. Minus one only because I don’t find it a necessary step in my skincare routines.
This 200mL product retails for USD23 (PHP1,200) on Style Korean.
Full ingredient list from CosDNA: