Discovering SK2 Cleansers

SK2 cleansers

After lengthy testing, I am finally reporting back on those SK2 cleansers I posted on Instagram last December!

As you can see I have pretty much used up most of the product and am thoroughly acquainted with it before I share my findings.

First off, let me give you a quick intro before we get on to business.

Currently there are 5 types of cleansers that SK2 offers

  1. Facial Treatment Gentle Cleanser
  2. Facial Treatment Cleansing Oil
  3. Facial Treatment Cleansing Gel
  4. Facial Treatment Gentle Cleansing Cream
  5. SK2 Men, Moisturising Cleanser

Of course I haven’t reviewed the SK2 Mens Cleanser, but let me help you discover some of the others.

So today I will share my thoughts on the Facial Treatment Gentle Cleanser, Facial Treatment Cleansing Oil and the Facial Treatment Gentle Cleansing Cream.

Facial Treatment Gentle Cleanser

The Facial treatment gentle cleanser is marketed as a face wash type cleansing cream that would normally be used after all makeup has been removed.

SK2 facial treatment gentle cleanser*Photograph was taken with my hand prepped with a makeup base in order to show how the cleanser reacts on a face with makeup.

At first glance this product is a nice creamy consistency and smells slightly of roses. It foams up thick and without many suds, more like milkshake frothiness if I needed to describe it.

After it’s washed off, it leaves the skin feeling lightly hydrated and supple. No tight or tingly feeling. My skin felt clean and happy! Overall I’d say it was a very enjoyable experience.

*Notes- At the time I was testing this out, I actually went right into taking off my makeup with this without any pre cleansing and I must say this still cleansed my face off makeup pretty effectively even though it’s recommended as solely cleanser and not necessarily a makeup remover.

Final thoughts

It is a no fuss product and if you are dipping your toe into the realm of SK2 skincare, you can’t really go wrong with this and best of all it’s mild enough for sensitive skin (I say this with conviction as mine’s sensitive, combination skin).

Facial Treatment Gentle Cleansing Oil

 This was the very first oil based makeup remover that I tried, EVER. And now all cleansing oils have to meet this ridiculously high standard that this oil has set. It’s by far my favourite. I love the way the scent of roses washes over me when I apply this on to my face; it’s actually quite a pampering experience.

SK2 Facial Treatment Cleansing Oil

I started off by applying the oil directly on to my face (without any water) and massaging it in circular motions to help break down the makeup. Then I go back in with a little water to emulsify and finally rinse it all off.

I love how this took off every last bit of makeup. Even my mascara! (which is not waterproof btw) The convenience of not having to use a separate eye makeup remover was an enormous selling point for me, I love how convenient and quick taking off my makeup was.

P.S- if you look closely at this pic you’ll notice, as soon as the oil comes into contact with makeup it starts breaking it down before I even get around to massaging it in! Effective!

Final thoughts

This too like the Facial Treatment Gentle Cleanser, left my skin feeling bouncy and supple. And I love it for that. As I know that not all oil from my face has been stripped off.

I’d recommend it for all skin types as a gentle but effective cleanser.

Facial Treatment Gentle Cleansing Cream

This is a cream type cleanser to take off makeup. It’s obviously more suited for those with dryer complexions and would be ideal for travel since there is no danger of this spilling.  Now the full size product is actually quite a large jar, so if you are wondering how I recommend it as travel friendly, I am referring to decanting it first of course!

SK2 Facial Treatment Gentle Cleansing Cream

So The texture of this is a thickish cream. It doesn’t seem to have that delightful light scent of rose that I loved in the other SK2 cleansers. I’m guessing it’s cos it’s overpowered by it’s typical ‘cream’ smell.  Think Avene moisturisers, it’s a comforting scent nonetheless.

I applied this directly onto my made up face and massaged it in circular motions to break down my foundation and other makeup, the texture thinned out when warmed by the heat of my skin and spread easily.

I must note that with this cream I found it a bit weird taking off my eye makeup, like applying curd all over my eyes >.< Not something I’m used to. But I guess if you are familiar with this type of cleanser, it shouldn’t be a big deal!

After, I just took a tissue and wiped off the excess and washed my face. I did feel like there was still that creamy feel, I also noticed that my mascara had migrated to my under eye and never entirely came off.  So I was compelled to go in with my Facial Treatment Gentle Cleanser to clear that feeling off my face! All in all, as a makeup remover, I found this ‘ok’. Not something I would consider buying in a full size.  I believe if you plan on purchasing this, it’s best if you use a separate eye makeup remover than trying to use this on the eyes as well.

In Summery, my favourites were the Facial Treatment Gentle Cleanser and the Facial Treatment Cleansing Oil. I actually went on to buy a full size of the Cleansing Oil cos I loved it so much. I adore the light smell of roses and it feels so pampering and luxurious.

Although it’s a pricy product as far as cleansers or makeup removers go, if you are a current lover of the facial treatment essence, I know this would make a lovely addition to your skincare routine.

The Cream Cleanser on the other hand I would only recommend to those with dry skin or mature skin as a mild solution to removing your makeup. It is definitely not my cup of tea though.

All in all,  I hope I left you enlightened. And feel free to ask any questions about my experience with these products. Just leave a comment below and I would get back to you as soon as I could.

*I purchased mine online as a set of deluxe sized travel samples in order to try a lot of the products at once.  This is also a great option if you have very sensitive skin and want to trial them out before buying.

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2 thoughts on “Discovering SK2 Cleansers

  1. I really love SK-II cleansers, all of them! And they pair so well with the toner too! But I wouldn’t use any of them for removing eye makeup… for that I still reach for Chanel Biphase eye makeup remover!

  2. Great post! Reminds me to start using my sk-II products again! The cleansing oil was actually the first cleansing oil I tried as well!

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