I love me some chemical exfoliators: they make my skin smoother, keep any wrinkles and acne at bay, and when used in moderation, really amp up the quality of my skin.
I guess I was too comfortable using chemical exfoliants in the form of toners and masks, for I was sent the By Wishtrend Green Tea & Enzyme Powder Wash* to try out and felt like sorcery was at work!
I was VERY perplexed by enzyme powder washes. My friend loves them, but I just couldn’t comprehend how a powder cleanser could be that amazing. I’ve used powder cleansers in the past, and although they’re handy for travelling purposes, I couldn’t bring myself to to find them a necessity. This is where the noggin’ wasn’t processing the word “enzyme” in enzyme wash!
From my understanding, (food-derived) enzymes are chemical exfoliants that are gentler, and quicker at removing dead skin cells. These types of enzymes are proteolytic, meaning they break down other proteins.
In the case of our skin, they remove old keratin, a skin protein that glues cells to each other to form a protective layer outside the skin. Usually too much keratin is what causes scaly skin and too much build up, which can lead to skin conditions like keratosis pilaris.
While researching the effectiveness of enzyme washes, I could not find any scientific study on its beneficial (or detrimental) uses in skincare. Only sources for enzyme washing detergents popped up, so I’m even more perplexed by enzyme facial exfoliants.
Before we get into the use, let me just say I grossly underestimated this product.
NOTE: This product was sent to me for review purposes. I’m not paid to write this post, it’s all my honest opinoin. All links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you use the links to make a purchase, I earn a small commission. Many thanks if you decide to use them!
“Exfoliate while Cleansing,
everyday clean & soft skin.
#GreenTeaPowderWash #HydratingFinishWash #PowderToFoam
Green Tea & Enzyme Powder Wash with a delightful green tea latte scent, with a hydrating finish.
Consisting baking powder, coconut-derived surfactant, and enzymes, it controls blackheads
while hydrating without tugging and pulling the skin.
1) Low-irritation cleanser for sensitive skin as well.
2) Includes baking soda, coconut-derived surfactant, and enzymes that keep the skin hydrated while taking care of blackheads and dead skin cells.
3) Antioxidant effects within the green tea and baking powder improves skin troubles and clears the skin.”
Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Powder, Lysine HCL, Proline, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Acetyl Methionine, Theanine, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Sorbitol, Papain, Betaine, Cellulose Gum, Citric Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate
I was very irresponsible when I first used the Green Tea & Enzyme Powder Wash. I had very low expectations for this product, so I used more than necessary, and left it on my face for a couples of minutes after lightly massaging my face with it for a couple of minutes. DO NOT DO THIS. My face indeed burned and looked red once I got out of the shower. HOWEVER, my face was so smooth and plump after, and my skin did not feel tight at all! This is when I thought enzyme washes were a bunch of sorcery.
After this incident, I most definitely used this product in a more moderate manner. Instead of a quarter-sized amount, I just take a nickel-size and lather it in my hands with a small amount of water and massage on my face, and I absolutely don’t leave it on as a mask.
On hand with my current skincare routine (I’ll share soon, I swear!), the By Wishtrend Green Tea & Enzyme Powder Wash left quite an impression on me. With such a little amount, it actually managed to make my face feel baby smooth and look plumper, which is something I’ve been striving for lately in my skincare. I didn’t see much difference in my breakouts, but I’m always happy when a new product doesn’t irritate them. As my first time trying an enzyme wash, I’d say this one was rather successful! I tend to grab it the most when my skin needs a pick-me-up rather than my go-to chemical exfoliant (the special one is here: REVIEW | [ByWishtrend] Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water)
The only cons I feel to point out are that it claims it is for all skin types, but even with my acid-acclimated skin, this managed to make my face red and slightly irritated, even though I have been using lighter amounts. Even after use, I feel like my face is more sensitive than usual, so I follow up with more calming products. Also, only HALF of the bottle is filled with powder. I’m not sure how to judge this, because this is the first enzyme exfoliator I have used, so I can’t compare it to anything else I’ve tried. Also the concept of it still puzzles me, especially since it actually does something.
The product is $22 USD for 70g, so spend as you see fit. It’s quite affordable and effective enzyme wash compared to others I have looked at on the market, and again *broken record* you only need a little amount.
If you know of any cheaper and just as effective enzyme washes, or even a pricier one that is more worth the volume and price ratio, please let me know!
Hope you found the read helpful!
This item can be purchased at Wishtrend.com: By Wishtrend Green Tea & Enzyme Powder Wash*
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