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Kose Softy Mo Deep Cleansing Oil
Seller: Amazon with Prime shipping
Experience: Honestly was too easy to buy! got prime shipping so ordered it the other night and it should be here tomorrow
Reasons why products were bought: I am almost out of my Banila CIZ and I'm going out of town this weekend so I needed a replacement ASAP
> Kose Softymo oil cleanser
Okay, I just looked this stuff up on Amazon, and WOW Google Translate failed hard on this description.
> About the product
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The haire specially the pain comes to mind
Since Amazon's product description is no help, what do you like about the product?
We're in the same boat then because I just ditched CeraVe micellar water because it was too drying as well. :/ I don't know much about oil cleansing (apparently it's not unheard of to do it with just a facial oil instead of a "cleansing oil") but someone recommend this one on Amazon to me as a start.
I use this Oil cleanser and it's super easy to use and effective. Plus it's like $10 with prime shipping on amazon. If you're going to use an oil cleanser you should look into following with a second/foaming cleanser so that it doesnt clog your pores
> I think Kose Softy Mo is the most popular one around here.
So, I just looked this up on Amazon here. Third bullet of the "About The Product" description seems worrisome:
>The haire specially the pain comes to mind
Seriously looking at AB products is just so entertaining re: their packaging designs & product descriptions.
I love a Korean cleansing oil available online. This stuff melts everything off. I typically use a simple cleansing wipe then follow up with this and rise with a warm wash cloth. So so so nice
I use the Kose Softymo Deep cleansing oil. Half a pump gets off all my makeup without any residue so at some point the lightbulb went off and I tried it on brushes.
It doesn't even blink at any powder products and it doesn't break a sweat at waterproof liner or mascara. What I love most though is that you don't need any extra products for greasy stuff like lipstick, concealer or foundation. It is actually the very best with anything oil based - like dissolves like. Just make sure that you put the oil on dry brushes (or skin) and add water only after you've worked the oil in a bit.
You can actually DIY your own cleansing oil by adding an emulsifying agent (polysorbate 20 or 80, or cremollient SCE for sensitive skin) to an oil mix of your choice.
lose the glasses and look up different curly hair styles. For your acne, you might try this:
Wash face with alcohol free oil cleansor
Rub a lemon on your face.
Splash face with mixture of pure natural aloe gel, acv, and lemon and water. Really make sure its on your acne, spray the same spot several times. Let dry.
right now I'm using Kose Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil (link: [link]). I've had good results with Asian Beauty cleansers, so if you're interested you might want to check out the Asian Beauty subreddit :)
If you go to places like ulta, they'll teach you a little bit on how to apply stuff in person. Or any department store really. They'll def be trying to sell you stuff but at least the shades will be picked personally.
Tell them your budget for a few things and they'll pick stuff from there for you. You can always say no if you really don't like it! No pressure!
My local community college also has causal adult recreation classes to learn how to do makeup. Any around you?
How about beauty schools too? Lots of those round where I live.
I recommend bubzbeauty YouTube channel for a friendly person to learn easy looks from.
/r/makeupaddiction (I think this is right) or /r/skincareaddiction
Has a ton of stuff for you to read through!
Let me know if you want to know more!
Makeup is just a lot of trial and error for me in the bathroom!
Also get a good makeup remover! That will help get the makeup off gently!
I use this one. It's oily but cleans great and suds up nicely with water.
Not a guy but my husband has been suckered into AB, and his skin was like yours before he started a regular skincare routine.
He showers in the morning (washes his face in the shower) then shaves with a shave cream for sensitive skin. One thing about the acne between the brows- make sure you cleanse and dry that area really well. For him that's a problem area too and if you wear glasses (like him) it tends to be a habit to avoid that area.
An oil cleansing was the biggest help for my husband to get his skin under control and once he was able to see how helpful it was, he was interested in adding in more steps. When you start to use an oil cleanser you might need to switch your second cleanser to something more gentle. This is the oil cleanser my husband and I use, it has a mild orangey/citrus scent and a little goes a long way ([link])
Also adding a moisturiser in the morning will help with the dry cheeks and may help with the oil as well (it did for my husband).
My holy grail cleanser is Kose Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil. Massage it onto your dry face, the oil dissolves any makeup/grease, then rinse it off and it foams up and rinses clean. It's not too expensive, and I find it gentle and non-drying; also non-irritating for me but I don't have very sensitive skin so YMMV.
My skin isn't perfect and I still have a lot of work to do but I love the routine I have now.
So, here are the products and my review.
KOSE Softy Mo Deep Treatment Oil, 7.8oz
So, this is my first oil that I've been using for a double cleanse . I've really enjoyed it and I often feel like it can clean my skin on its own, it doesn't leave my skin feeling greasy either. This was also my first Asian skincare product , specifically from Japan. Love it !
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Medicated Gel Acne Cleanser, 6.76 Fl. Oz.
I like this BHA SA wash because it doesn't completely strip my skin of its' oils but does leave it drier than usual. Personally, I think it's one of the better SA washes on the market but obviously YMMV.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Water Face Gel Moisturizer for Dry Skin, 1.7 fl. oz
This was a huge game changer in terms of moisturizers. Most moisturizers are way too occlusive to me to the point that I actually break out because my pores can't breath or so light, I remain dry and unaffected...and thus break out from dryness. This is the happy medium for me. My only issue is that the amount you get in the tub can make you run out quickly, luckily, a little goes a long way.
Village 11 Factory Sunscreen, Broad Spectrum SPF 50+, UVA/UVB Protection for Sensitive Skin, Moisturizing Hydra Sun Fluid
This is a Korean product. This is probably the only sunscreen I'll be using until something happens to the company LOL ! Its consistency is very close to the hydroboost so it just glides into the skin. It smells very similar too. One thing I noticed about this sunscreen is that it contains chemical ingredients as well as mineral ingredients. As someone who has only ever used American sunscreens before, I find this hybrid very unusual (and welcome). Perhaps it's a Korean skincare thing ? Let me know.
The other two are very well known products.
I use TO Niacinimide + Zinc . This was also a game changer for me and I'm just so glad I learned about it. It really helped regulate my oil production and helped the inflammation I get whenever my face get's too hot and sweaty or too dry. I've tried going without it for a month, just to see if perhaps it was just my imagination. Well, I think it's safe to say that it wasn't my imagination , this stuff really works.
I also use TO AHA + BHA chemical peel once or twice a week. I mostly use it for my hyperpigmentation . I know that the SA from my la roche posay is a BHA by itself but I like the extra "oomph" that the AHA does to my skin .
Thank you for inquiring! I use the Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser and I was always under the impression it had a pH of 6.5 based on its entry on the cleanser pH spreadsheet. So seems that resource got it right. I really like the cleanser though even though it's about a full pH point higher than average skin pH. I find that it's never stripping and leaves my skin feeling so soft. I do however use an oil cleanser before using it, and I only use it during my night routine. In the morning, I merely rinse my face with water. I also noticed you asked about an oil cleanser below! I use Kose Deep Cleansing Oil, $10 USD on Amazon. It's well regarded on /r/AsianBeauty and I have found it takes off makeup, sunscreen, and general skin grime amazingly. One pump, massage into dry skin, rinse with water, pat eyelids dry so you can see, and massage face with other cleanser is how I do it!
Omg! Def cross post to r/Asianbeauty, they may know of some awesome products you can buy over there. Mostly Korean products, but you likely can buy them there. I use a Japanese oil cleanser called Kose (the brand) softy mo oil cleanser. I swear my skin drinks it. And it melts makeup away.
You can order any of these on amazon though!
Edit: def do some research on ingredients that work for or upset your skin. I can't guarantee these will be good for you, but my skin looked similar to that for my entire life and these products have completely changed my complexion.
I also swear by the Mizon snail moisturizer
If this helps, here is a link to the Amazon listing. When I type in "deep cleansing oil" I only see a listings for "deep treatment oil".
no problem! Here it is:
on Amazon it's $9.69 for 7.9 oz, works great and it's a LOT cheaper than DHC.
AB, I'm a male looking for approval of my AB routine product list. I'm getting this for my Chinese girlfriend for Christmas. After hours of research, I have compiled the following products for a 5-step routine:
(Optional) Face mask
The SO mentions she has always wanted to start good skin care, so I'm trying to wing this. Mind helping a brother out? I have no prior experience with any of this. I don't even use lotion guys, please help. Is this list okay? Feel free to leave any comments. Thanks for the community btw, I would be even more lost without you guys.
Okay I'll wait more, thanks. I've been using this one [link]
Hey do you think there's any reason I can't use my Softymo oil for shaving? It's slick enough and it's got emulsifiers in it so it washes off alright.
Reading your post, I gather that your problem lies with CCs and hydration. I would tackle hydration first, that way, your skin is well prepared to take on BHA + AHA to break down the CCs.
I would include a moisturizer for AM, before you slap on suncreen. I've never used sunscreen bare -- I have used the Biore Aqua so I will say that it can feel somewhat hydrating but for me, that's not enough.
For PM, oil cleansers that are favorites are Clean It Zero and Kose Softymo Cleansing Oil (there's two versions, Deep and Speedy). Personally, I'm using DHC Cleansing Oil -- most of the most basic oil cleansers out there as it's mostly olive oil plus emulsifiers, however will try out Softymo once my bottle runs out.
Sadly, my skin doesn't react well to snail so I can't help you out in that department.
Do you plan to sheet mask daily? -- I'm reading your routine as a daily one. If so, you can probably slap on an occlusive snail product after the sheet mask although most times, personally, I find that I don't need another moisturizer layer afterwards.
Kose Softymo Deeping Cleansing Oil here is cheap and works great! I used it for years. You can buy a refill too which is even cheaper
I'm so confused. Can you help me out here? Going by the information on Amazon US, MUA and other sites, I was under the impression that the Deep Oil contained these ingredients:
> oryza sativa (rice) bran oil, mineral oil, sorbeth-30 tetraoleate, triethyl hexanoine, cyclomethicone, orange oil, tocopherol, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, glycerin, polyglyceryl-2 diisostearate, trilaureth-4 phosphate, water, phenoxyethanol
I just read the back of my Deep Oil (purchased in June 2016) and it actually has these ingredients:
> oryza sativa (rice) bran oil, mineral oil, sorbeth-30 tetraoleate, cyclomethicone, orange oil, rosa canina fruit oil, safflower oil, ascorbyl palmitate, tocopherol, jojoba seed oil, BHT, rosehip oil, glycerin, zea mays (corn) germ oil, trilaureth-4 phosphate, water, phenoxyethanol
Correct me if I'm wrong, it's so hard to translate Japanese ingredients into English but I also checked with Amazon JP's version of ingredients and they have these in their ingredient list:
> oryza sativa (rice) bran oil, mineral oil, sorbeth-30 tetraoleate, cyclomethicone, orange oil, safflower oil, ascorbyl palmitate, tocopherol, jojoba seed oil, rosehip oil, glycerin, zea mays (corn) germ oil, trilaureth-4 phosphate, water, phenoxyethanol
Has the Deep version always had these other oils in it? Is this the updated version? Any help would be appreciated!
The Softymo bottle will have instructions on it, but basically, you take one pumpful and massage it gently for a minute or two onto your dry face (with dry hands!). Then add water & massage for a little, then more water to rinse it off. Follow that with your cleanser - I find that Cetaphil, while gentle, kind of sucks at taking off oil cleanser. The Hada Labo is very gentle, so don't worry about that.
Both the Softymo & Hada Labo are very cheap in Japan, and any drugstore or convenience store should have them. This is what the bottles look like so you know what to look for on the shelf
I've been using this
Jesus, $9 for 230 mL is a steal! Definitely going to buy a bottle once I'm done with my Neutrogena Ultra-Light Cleansing Oil.
If you're impatient like me, Amazon has Kose Deep version for about ~$11
also remembered that i have an unopened kose softymo deep cleansing oil that was purchased on 8/13/2015, but it's back in the suburbs right now so i don't know if it's expired.
and i have a bunch of those compressed sheet masks. i can give one to anyone who wants to try out the fit first, though i dunno if all the masks with that packaging are manufactured by the same company.
There are two Kose Softymo cleansing oils that people love - the one you linked and the orange one: [link]
I use the orange one and it works great. It's up to you which one you think would work best!
Yes, the cleansing oil and the cleansing foam would be the two-step cleanse. Oil first, foam second.
As for the Kose foam ... I can't find any information about it's pH so I can't tell you for sure if it's good to use. You want something that is close to your skin's pH and the Hadalabo fits that. I use the orange Kose Softymo cleansing oil and the HL foaming cleanser and will continue to do so until I die :P
HOWEVER, what works for me might not work for you. There is a great cleanser list here that lists out the type of cleanser, it's pH, and brand.
So speaking as a woman, my skincare routine is, on average, going to be more involved than what guys usually do. But I do like all these products a lot and you should feel free to look into them individually. Also, many of them are going to be Korean skincare brands because Koreans really know their skincare shit. And since I have sensitive combination skin, the products I use are gentle enough for most skin types.
Step 1: Oil cleanser - I use Kose Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil. There's also another version of it that's the "Speedy Cleansing oil" that's similarly priced and just as effective. I put the oil on my dry face, rub in circles to encourage some exfoliation, then use a little water to sort of create a foam, and then rinse it off. There's also Cetaphil, which is of course a tried-and-true facial cleanser that's compatible with all skin types.
Step 2: Toner - I use Kikumasamune High Moisturizing toner, which is a Japanese toner that you use after cleansing/drying off your face. It smells like sake because that's one of the ingredients -- could cause breakouts, but I haven't had any problems with that. It's also a HUGE ASS bottle for a great price. Another option I've used is Aromatica Sea Daffodil toner. Also, when drying off your face, I recommend using Kleenex instead of a towel, because your towel can harbor all sorts of gross stuff and you wiping your newly-cleansed face on one can transfer said gross stuff onto your skin.
Step 3: Essence. I use a serum type thing but I'm going to skip over this because it's really not a super necessary step, basically like a thin pre-moisturizer to make my skin super hydrated.
Step 4 - Moisturizer. I've been using Mizon Black Snail All-In-One cream and it works great. It's also priced pretty well. Another option I've heard absolute raves about from /r/AsianBeauty is Stratia Liquid Gold which has worked phenomenally for many people. I'm definitely planning on purchasing this moisturizer soon. And also, using jojoba oil has also worked really well for my mom, so you could look into that.
Finally, sunscreen is a crucial addition to your skincare regimen that should never be treated as optional. I use Innisfree Eco Safety Daily Sunblock but here is also another helpful thread that gives feedback on sunscreen that has worked well for other people.
For spot treatments (like an occasional lone whitehead), I've been using Clean & Clear advantage acne spot treatment for like 10 years and it has not let me down.
Again, this regimen is much more involved than what most guys do (and if that's what works for them, great!), but there's also nothing wrong in investing in good skincare products!