Yikes. I’ve been MIA for far longer than I anticipated but working full-time, studying full-time, and living full-time doesn’t really allow much free time for anything else.
Anyways, this is my first (new) skincare post in F O R E V E R. I’ve actually been wanting to write about this product since I started using it way back in the fall of 2015, but alas, here we are… nearing the end of spring… in 2016… Oops…?
Without further ado, I present to all of you Tosowoong’s Enzyme Powder Wash.
The package says that is provides “Real effect cleansing powder for keeping your healthy skin in the best condition.” Whatever that means… Hah. But in short, it’s an enzyme powder cleanser that uses papain enzyme (derived from papayas) to help cleanse the skin and loosen and remove dead skin cells.
Zea Mays (corn) Starch, Sodium Lauroyl Aspartate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Palmitate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Titanium Dioxide, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Methylparaben, Alcohol Denat, Perfume, Maltodextrin, Papain, Badger Oil
Analysis of these ingredients can be found at CosDNA. This website will warn you of acne triggers and irritants. Also, for those who are concerned about pH, this cleanser has a pH of 5.5.
Papain is an enzyme derived from papayas, which functions to break peptide bonds. This is what gives this cleanser its exfoliating properties as it helps to remove the dead surface skin. If you are sensitive to papaya or have allergies, PLEASE patch test before rubbing your face down with this cleanser.
Also, fun fact! Tosowoong made their debut into the skincare industry with a product called Osory (오소리), which translates to badger. This is sort of their signature ingredient, and Tosowoong claims that it helps calm the skin.
The enzyme powder wash dispenses as a… powder? I don’t like the term powder, though. I find it to be a little misleading because it’s more like grains, but powder makes me think of fine, dust-like particles. Anyways, that’s besides the point. The product dispenses as dry grains of goodness… but you clearly cannot rub these bits of sand on your face — at least that’s not something I would advise… and I hope your logic and reasons would advise you likewise.
After dispensing a small amount of product into the palm of your hands, you have to add water to it, rub your hands together, and the particles will dissolve and give you this soapy goodness. I used a really small amount of product when I took this picture, so I apologize. I was being a bit frugal and didn’t want to waste too much product for these pictures. Hah! But if you think about it, it just means that this product is just TOO good to waste… or I’m just that stingy. In any case, you really don’t need too much of the product to wash your face. A dime sized amount of this product is more than enough to get the job done.
Once you’ve got suds, you massage it on your skin like any other cleanser, rinse, and voilà!
The first thing I noticed about this cleanser is how it didn’t make my skin tight. If your cleanser makes your skin feel dry or tight, kick it to the curb. These are signs that the cleanser is too harsh on your skin. However, this enzyme powder is in the clear in that regards.
The second thing I noticed is how soft it made my skin feel. I mean, we’re talking baby bottom soft. I remember when I first started to use this cleanser… I literally would go up to my friends and tell them to feel my skin because it was just that soft. It was weird how soft and smooth it was, but it was also such a great feeling — so great that I had to share the experience with everyone I knew.
Finally, I noticed a reduction of sebaceous filaments on my nose or “blackheads.” But I’m sure that this was a result of using acids (BHA & AHA) in conjunction with this enzyme powder, which makes sense to me. BHA (salycylic acid), in particular, is an oil-based exfoliant that has the ability to penetrate into pores unlike AHA. So the BHA helps loosen the dirt and oil in the pores and the enzyme powder cleans out the pores… at least that’s how the logic and reasoning works in my head.
Cutting right to the chase, I love this product. I love it so much that I don’t really have an interest in trying any other cleansers, and I’ve been using it for almost a year now. As a skincare enthusiast, I feel like that’s saying a lot since I am constantly buying new products and leaving so many unfinished.
This product comes in a 70g bottle, which lasts for about 3 or 4 months, and that’s with using it twice a day! The cost is pretty reasonable, anywhere from $6.00 to $15.00. It doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight or dry, and it makes my skin feel buttery smooth. I know some people complain that the powder is too coarse, which it is in comparison to the more luxurious lines such as Tatcha or AmorePacific. Tatcha’s enzyme powder is nice and the powder is super fine, but I ain’t fine with that price tag. For a 60g bottle, it costs around $65.00… I don’t think it’s worth paying four times the amount just so I can have fine particles that will dissolve just like the coarse powders of Tosowoong. And AmorePacific’s enzyme powder is way too harsh. It left my skin feeling tight, and I consider my skin a tank.
Another point to consider is how this cleanser is super travel friendly. Since it’s water activated and contains no liquid of its own, you can just throw it in your carry-on bag… or neatly pack it in your carry-on. I actually just tossed it into my bag one time, and the top opened, of course… white powder all over everything… I got stopped by security at the airport… Coincidence? I think not. I’m pretty sure they thought it was cocaine or something…
Lesson of The Day: give this cleanser a try AND make sure you secure your enzyme cleanser in your bag when traveling.
Where can I buy this product?
Amazon for $15.00 (Amazon Prime eligible: free two day shipping/affiliate link)
Memebox for $9.00 (Shipping not included & ships from California)
Cupidrop for $12.00 (Shipping not included & ships from NYC)
RoseRoseShop for $5.94 (Shipping not included & ships from Korea)