Dermatologists and skin experts often remind us to take off our makeup before we sleep. But with our busy lifestyle, you just sometimes forget unintentionally. When you are too tired from work or school all you want to do when you get home is to lie on your bed and snooze away. You don't have ample energy to get a cotton pad and remove your makeup or wash your face. This is exactly why I started to love cleansing water (since I tried Biore Micellar Cleansing Water). Yes, I need to get a cotton pad and swipe my makeup away but the great thing is, I can easily skip the rest of my skincare routine on such days. All I need to do is remove my makeup and I am good to go to sleep. No need for further washing.
As I was looking for a new cleansing water to try, I came across The Saem Healing Tea Garden White Tea Cleansing Water. I was browsing Althea Korea PH website when I saw this cleansing oil. I was curious about the "White Tea" ingredient which is why I decided to buy it. I have never tried anything from the same brand before and this is only my third cleansing water product to (first was the Haruhada Hyaluronic Acid Cleansing Water which I like and the second is the Biore Micellar Cleansing Water which I love).
You see, I don't have much experience when it comes to cleansing waters because I swear by cleansing oils. They are still the best at removing makeup in my opinion no matter how much I like the cleansing waters I have tried (especially with waterproof makeup). But because I love trying out new products, I decided to purchase The Saem Healing Tea Garden White Tea Cleansing Water. Who knows, it might replace my love for cleansing oils. Here are my thoughts:
- Affordable (this bottle costs only 270.00PHP or about $6US)
- Easily wipes away non-waterproof makeup
- Effectively cleans the skin (second cotton pad is almost clean and very few makeup residue)
- Light fresh smell (not too strong and overpowering)
- Gentle on the skin (did not dry out my skin)
- Not available locally (except online)
- Not as effective in removing waterproof makeup as cleansing oils
- Little whiteheads formed if I don't wash my face with facial soap and water after
This product is okay but I wouldn't recommend this as a substitute for toner. I usually use cleansing water as toner instead of using an alcohol-based one (which is so far the type of toner that has worked for me) to avoid drying my skin but at the same time control acne formation. However, I find that this product cannot be used as that. As I mentioned above, I observed little whiteheads formed on my forehead and temple area when I started using this as a toner. As a makeup remover, it removes a decent amount in just one wipe and almost all makeup are removed after about 30 seconds of wiping. I don't think this is suitable for waterproof makeup thought it did help a bit in removing such type of makeup. Overall, this product is okay in removing non-waterproof makeup and dirt. But with waterproof makeup, I still think cleansing oils are the best.