Whether we wear a lot of makeup or not, our skin is exposed to all kinds of things while we go about our day. It is only fair that we spend five minutes of our time pampering it and cleansing it from all the things it had to endure all day long.
It has taken me some time to write this review as the Missha Cleanser is one skincare product I committed a lot of time to because it is the very first “real” cleanser I ever bought and used. I wanted to write a review that pays homage to one of the items that inspired me to create Alchemiin.
What was your first ever cleanser, or the first one you can remember? Does it hold a special place in your heart or is it something you would rather put behind you and never look back to?
Missha Super Aqua – Oxygen Micro Visible Deep Cleanser
The design of the bottle is simple and clean, befitting a skincare and cleansing product. I do quite enjoy the choice of colours and the shape of the bottle, but the size is rather inconvenient and to be honest, it feels more like a big bottle was chosen to make it look like you get more for your money. Which is not a bad thing in itself mind you, but the weight of the bottle just does not really match with the size and it gives you a rather odd feeling.
The plastic of the bottle itself is quite nice, but the dispenser feels cheap and I did have some problems keeping it clean all the time. Whenever I pump out some cleanser, there tends to be some residue that spreads over the lid and then gets sticky and I have to clean it again and again. I have seen more elegant solutions to that problem.
At home, I love the size of the bottle, as it is perfect to have it standing on my skin shelf or somewhere close by, but I would not recommend it for travelling, – I speak from experience right there – as it takes up so much space.
One solution to that problem that I quite like and often use is asking for some testers whenever I buy another bottle. I take the testers with me and one should last you for about two uses. Saves you a lot of space and headaches.
Water (Aqua), Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Acrylates Copolymer, PEG-8, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Coco-glucoside, Methyl Perflouroisobutyl Ether, Methyl Perfluorobutyl Ether, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Isononyl Isononanoate, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Sodium Cocamidopropyl PG–Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Artemisia Absinthium Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Gentiana Lutea Root Extract, Hedera Helix (Ivy) Leaf/Stem Extract, Luffa Cylindrica Fruit Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract, Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract, Lilium Candidum Flower Extract, Sansevieria Trifasciata Leaf Extract, Sodium Palmitoyl Proline, Phenoxyethanol, Triethanolamine, Methylparaben, Fragrance (Parfum), Disodium EDTA
“Linked” from a picture I took ages ago of the ingredient list and my busy-bee typing fingers.
Water: Water is the most important skin component and our human body mostly consists of water. It is also the most common ingredient in cosmetic products. To tell the truth, in comparison to other ingredients, water does not have that many positive effects on our skin in regard to our skincare products. It is used to eliminate the hardness, minerals and to avoid product contamination. And to stretch out some of the products.
Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate: Is an ingredient that can be produced from coconut and usually counts as a really gentle cleansing agent. It has a complicated (aka large) molecular structure and cannot penetrate the outer layers of the skin, thus is also does not damage the cells that lie underneath that layer.
It is also used as a foaming agent, which makes our skincare and also some of our hair care products all nice and foamy.
Cocamidopropyl Betaine: This ingredient is mainly a secondary cleansing agent as it is too mild to really do anything to our skin or hair. It is an ingredient you should look for in baby-products though.
It is considered safe and very gentle to the skin and can be derived from either coconut oil or be created synthetically (is that a word? Hehe) and it also has some antiseptic properties.
Looking at all those ingredients just screams mild, sensitive and gentle. So just from the information I gathered so far combined with my personal experience, I would recommend this to people who have sensitive skin or react badly to harsher cleansers.
How to use it:
- Apply appropriate amount onto dry face.
- Gently massage face in a circular motion.
- Rinse off with lukewarm water.
Linked from Misshahaus.com.
Alright, here we go. The last few posts were really straightforward, but this time Missha did not give us much to work with so I will add some tips and tricks to their instructions. As always, if you have something you want to add, leave it down in the comments! Everyone wants the best results, right?
The texture of the cleanser right after pumping it onto your fingers is gel-like and the spreadability on the dry face is really low. I would recommend starting with a moist face, gently massaging the gel onto your face. This way you will save yourself something around a full extra pump you would have needed for the dry fact to cover every part of your skin.
After that, leave the cleanser to soak for about 10 to 15 seconds and it will start getting all nice and foamy.
If you are a really impatient person like me, I recommend putting on some music and dancing along or just wriggling in a towel, hoping no one sees you embarrassing yourself.
Spread the foam in a circular motion again and then gently rinse it off with water. Instead of rubbing your face dry, use a really fluffy towel and just pat. It will feel nicer and it is more gentle on your skin too – win-win.
What it claims to do:
- Gives you a deep cleansing and a massaging effect
- Its O2 Carrier Complex energizes and moisturizes your skin
- The mild cleanser contains Swiss Alpine Herb Extract, which protects and relieves skin
- The Oxygen bubbles clean and help remove makeup
Linked from Misshahaus.com.
What it really does:
The cleanser works, that is the first thing that should be said. Which is great, because a cleanser can have all kinds of miracle properties, but if it does not do its’ primary job, those properties matter little in the end.
The feeling of the bubbly foam is rather nice in a clean way. It is different from the soft bathtub foam fluff, more aggressive if I may say so. But still, the whole cleanser is really mild and there is no cause for worry that the Super Aqua product is too harsh.
I do not know whether my skin is really “energized” after using it. What does energized skin even mean?
Either way, touching the skin after cleansing is definitely pleasant it feels fresh and slightly dewy. I have had products that had more visible results but it still is quite nice.
Fun fact: I am Austrian, which is a neighbouring country to Switzerland and I spent most of my life living in a small village directly inside the Alps, so the talk of Alpine-herbs is nothing I have not heard before and like every “villagy” child, I do know bits and pieces about herbology. (Have you ever heard of the TV-Series Heidi? Yep that is what it looks like)
Back to the review: It is true that many Alpine herbs have properties that are beneficial to our skin, but I really do not know to what extent, and which herbs really are used in the so-called “Swiss Alpine Herb Extract”. Let’s give it a pass through.
Con 1: In comparison to other cleansers this one is really mild and thus might not be able to remove all of your stronger, waterproof or longer lasting beauty products. Which is why I would not rely on the Oxygen Cleanser by itself. Pair it with an oil cleanser and it will work perfectly fine though.
Con 2: The size of the bottle makes taking it with you really annoying, as it takes up so much space. It is too big for my small cosmetics bag so I have to throw it into my suitcase separately, which is something I really dislike.
Con 3: It is very easy to get the whole bottle dirty if you do not watch yourself. There is a lot of residue foam all around the dispenser, which will get sticky once it dries down and to remove it you will have to whip out water and soap in the worst case scenario. It is rather unhygienic of you think about it, right?
Pro 1: The cleanser works. It is as easy as that~
Pro 2: As you can guess from my ingredient breakdown, the cleanser is very gentle and will not irritate your skin. It has a lot of elements that are actually beneficial to our skin and is thus a good addition to the skincare routine.
Pro 3: The foam feels really nice and comfortable, it makes the whole cleansing process feel more like actual cleansing and you can feel your makeup being removed from your face.
This is one of the products I would definitely recommend to someone who is just starting out their skincare journey and does not really know which products fit them the best yet. Unless you happen to be allergic to some of the ingredients I highly doubt you will have many problems with the Missha Super Aqua Oxygen Micro Visible Deep Cleanser (That name is really such a hassle) I would also recommend it to those of you who have sensitive skin or do not really like harsher cleansers.
I give the Missha Super Aqua Cleanser (finally shortened it down) a really generous four out of five. To be honest, it is more of a 3.75, but I definitely do not think it is a three, so we will just go with four for this one.
Would I recommend it? Yes and no. To those of you who already know which ingredients work best for their skin and have cleansers, I would not recommend it, as it is not as efficient as other cleansers. But for those of you who are starting out, this is a perfect product to go from. I do not think you can go terribly wrong with this choice.
My Alchemiin Tip:
If you head back up to the ingredient section, you notice that many of this cleansers’ properties are soothing and work somewhat anti-inflammatory, especially to help out our ph-balance.
This and the soothing feeling is why I would recommend using this cleanser after a stronger and more efficient cleanser, that does the work but also attacks the skin due to its harsher properties. It will help your skin and will make you feel better, as dry of slightly angry skin can feel rather unpleasant.
One example I can give you from my personal experience is the Etude House Baking Powder BB Deep Cleansing Foam (Really long name, I know), which is one of my favourite cleansers, as I can really see the results and my skin is much clearer after using it. But it is rather strong and dries out my skin, which is why I balance it out with the Missha Cleanser. It works really well and my skin is smooth and clean afterwards.
Whooo I finally wrote the review – I am really happy that I can share a product that is very dear to me with all of you guys. What did you think? Feel like purchasing it?
I am always looking forward to your reviews so do tell me what I am doing right or wrong down in the comments. Or just chat about your day!
Ps.: I am sorry that the pictures are not the quality you are used to when looking at my blog, I had to take the footage I took when I just started with product photography because I left my Cleanser behind in Austria.